GAINESVILLE, Fla.-University of Florida head coach Will Muschamp announced on Monday, January 6, that Mike Summers has been hired to fill the vacant offensive line coaching position. Summers joins the Gators’ staff after spending the 2013 season as the running game coordinator and offensive line coach at Southern Cal.
“I’m excited to have Coach Summers join our staff,” said Muschamp. “He has 34 years of experience, has been an offensive coordinator for 15 years and has coached in the SEC. He has a diverse background and has experience in the NFL. He will be a great addition to our staff.”
Summers has 34 years of coaching experience, primarily coaching the offensive line and also spending 15 years as an offensive coordinator.
“I’m honored to be joining Coach Muschamp and his staff,” said Summers. “I have the utmost respect for Coach Muschamp, the staff and the support system in place. Having been in the SEC I have always held the Florida program in high regard and I’m looking forward to getting right to work.”
For three seasons (2010-12), Summers served as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach at Kentucky – under head coach Joker Phillips, who is also now on the UF staff. The 2012 Kentucky team averaged nearly 140 rushing yards despite an injury-plagued offensive line, while the 2010 offense averaged 6.1 yards per play behind a line that returned just one starter.
Summers spent two seasons at Arkansas (2008-09) as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach. The Razorbacks led the Southeastern Conference in scoring in 2009 and won the 2010 AutoZone Liberty Bowl. He coached center Jonathan Luigs, a 2008 Rimington Trophy finalist, and Mitch Petrus, a 2009 First-Team All-SEC selection – both of whom went on to play in the NFL.
Prior to spending one season coaching the offensive line with the Atlanta Falcons, Summers spent four seasons at Louisville leading one of the nation’s most prolific offenses. In 2006, his line helped the Cardinals rank second nationally in total offense (475.3), seventh in passing (290.0) and 12th in rushing (185.3) as three of his linemen (Renardo Foster, Kurt Quarterman and George Bussey) were All-Big East first-team picks.
The 2004 line helped the Louisville offense set school records with 6,468 total yards, 3,005 rushing yards, 597 points and 47 rushing TDs. The Cardinals led the nation in both total offense (539.0) and scoring offense (49.8). In 2003, the Cards set a set a then-school rushing record while ranking fifth nationally in total offense (488.9) and 10th in rushing offense (228.2). Two offensive linemen, Jason Spitz and Travis Leffew, were All-Conference USA first-team in 2004 and All-Big East first team in 2005. Foster, Quarterman, Bussey, Spitz, Leffew and center Eric Wood all made NFL rosters, with Wood being selected in the first round.
During his tenure, Louisville won the 2004 Conference USA Championship and 2006 Big East title, and played in the 2007 Orange Bowl, 2006 Gator Bowl, 2004 Liberty Bowl and 2003 GMAC Bowl. The 2004 and 2006 Cardinal teams both finished ranked No. 6 by AP.
Summers spent two seasons at Ohio (2001-02) as the offensive line coach. The Bobcats ranked sixth nationally in rushing offense (240.1 ypg) in 2001 and eighth in 2002 (239.8 ypg).
Before one season at Oklahoma State (2000) coaching tight ends, Summers was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at the University of the South for four seasons (1996-99), where he produced top-five ranked rushing and total offenses in the conference.
Summers spent five seasons as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Oregon State (1991-95) and also recruiting coordinator in his first year. The Beavers led the Pac-10 in rushing his final four seasons. He was named the league’s top “Offensive Backfield Coach” in 1993.
While offensive coordinator at Northern Illinois for six seasons (1985-90), his offense established 51 school records and seven NCAA marks.
Summers began his coaching career as a graduate assistant working with the offensive line at Kentucky (1980-81) and Texas A&M (1982-84).
Summers played defensive back at Georgetown (Ky.) College after prepping at Tates Creek High in Lexington (Ky.). He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgetown College in 1978 and a postgraduate degree from Kentucky in 1980.