UCF has hired their seventh head football coach in school history. Scott Frost makes his move from Oregon, where he served as offensive coordinator for the last two seasons. The 40 year old from Nebraska has never held a head coaching position, but UCF is optimistic, saying they've hired a "winner and innovator."
Frost will bring a new excitement to UCF that could provide the spark the program needs to get back on track. After all, they're just two years removed from a 12-1 season where they beat Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl. UCF is located in Orlando, FL which is a great selling point to one of the most heavily recruited states in the Nation.
According to this article on SB Nation, the state of Florida produced 1,295 recruits that were ranked three stars or better. The talent pool is present. UCF has the facilities and money to become the next program to be recruited by a Power Five conference. All they need to do is win.
Frost has proven himself as a savvy recruiter, but he doesn't have nearly as much experience in Florida as some UCF fans would have hoped for in their new hire. However, Frost has an uncanny ability to connect with recruits as well as his players. He's a man who claims he can only recruit to a place that he genuinely believes in, so something about UCF must have him believing he can get things back on track.
In terms of football itself: Scott Frost is as well versed as it gets. In college he played for Bill Walsh at Stanford as well as Tom Osborne at Nebraska. In his NFL career that spanned from 1998-2003, Frost was able to play for Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, and Jon Gruden. The point: Frost was coached by some of the greatest the game of football has ever seen. He's a film room junkie with a seemingly endless work ethic. He wants to be the best, plain and simple.
Frost started his coaching career at Nebraska as a GA, and then moved on to Kansas State, also as a GA. The next year he accepted a job at Northern Iowa as the linebackers coach. He would be promoted to co-defensive coordinator the following season. In 2009, Frost joined the Oregon staff as wide receivers coach where he became one of the Duck's most valuable recruiters. In 2013 Frost moved to quarterbacks coach and became the offensive coordinator. Under Frost the Oregon offense has finished no lower than sixth in the nation in yards per game and scoring offense. This season, UCF finished dead last in the nation in yards per game and 125th out of 127 in scoring offense.
Despite his youth, and lack of head coaching experience, Frost could turn out to be a great hire. He will need to learn how to deal with the media and boosters in a whole new way, but if Frost has proven anything in his career it's that he is a quick learner and can adapt to any situation. Frost brings playing and coaching experience on both sides of the ball, and his passion for the game just might be unmatched. Only time will tell, but for now UCF should be excited for the future.