GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dan Mullen continues to add to his football staff.
Florida on Monday announced that Mullen has added Nick Savage as the Gators’ director of football strength and conditioning. Savage changed his Twitter avatar earlier in the day to a Gator logo.
— Nick Savage (@_CoachSavage) December 11, 2017
Savage has six years of experience as a strength coach at the college football level. He spent the past four years at Mississippi State under Mullen, including the final two as the Bulldogs’ head strength and conditioning coach. Prior to that, Savage spent time at Bowling Green, Toledo and Ohio State in 2013 and 2014.
Savage joins a long list of new assistants that have worked under Mullen, including defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and offensive assistants Billy Gonzales, John Hevesy and Brian Johnson.
The strength and conditioning program was one that both Mullen and athletic director Scott Stricklin emphasized as a need for improvement during Mullen’s introductory press conference.
“I think it’s critical. It’s the backbone. I think any successful program has a really strong strength and conditioning program that builds accountability, and I think programs that aren’t as successful usually are lacking in that area,” Stricklin said.