GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Jim McElwain continues to beef up his support staff.
The Florida coach has hired John Herron as director of on-campus recruiting. Herron, a University of Florida alumnus, joined the program this week.
For the last 14 years, Herron has coached high school basketball in Miami-Dade County. He served as the head coach at Southridge (2011-16) and South Dade (2002-09), leading his teams to a total of five regional appearances.
Prior to his head coaching stints, Herron was an assistant coach at Eastside High School in Gainesville from 1997-2001 and part of the Rams’ semifinal finish in 2000. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1996.
Despite his background in basketball, Herron holds deep ties to high school football in South Florida and knows dozens of coaches personally. Born and raised in Homestead, Fla., Herron also relates well to recruits in the area and has relationships with current Gators players, including running back Jordan Cronkrite and wide receivers Antonio Callaway and C.J. Worton.
Herron will assist McElwain, director of player personnel Drew Hughes and the staff in coordinating on-campus visits with recruits, particularly ones from South Florida. Having coached and taught high school athletes for 20 years, Herron’s familiarity with them should be beneficial for the Gators.