The UCF football program has officially hired its new head coach.
On Tuesday morning, the Knights issued a press release announcing the hiring of Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, who will replace Scott Frost leading the undefeated team.
Frist departed UCF after leading the Knights to a victory in the AAC Championship and a berth in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl where they will face off against Auburn on Jan. 1.
“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to represent UCF,” Heupel said in an official statement. “What makes this opportunity so unique is the vision of the leadership from President John Hitt, Provost Dale Whitaker and Director of Athletics Danny White.
“Their vision for this becoming one of the premier programs in the country makes this an exciting opportunity. That vision, the amazing campus, along with the recruiting base not only allows you to have immediate success but sustained success. I’m very excited to get a staff together and get to work with our wonderful student-athletes.”
The 39-year-old Heupel helped turn around the Missouri offense during his timeas offensive coordinator, leading the Tigers to a top ten finish in total yards per game.
This will be Heupel’s first head coaching job, but he has previous experience as an assistant at Utah State and Oklahoma.