Coach Steve Spurrier
Steve Spurrier was All-State in football, basketball and baseball his senior year in high school in Johnson City, Tennessee. As a baseball pitcher, his record was 14-0 and his high school won back-to-back Tennessee High School State Baseball Championships in 1962 and 1963. He was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in 2016.
Spurrier was an All-American quarterback his junior and senior years at the University of Florida, winning the Heisman Trophy in 1966. He was the MVP of the Sugar Bowl that year and Florida went on to win the Orange Bowl the following season. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame for his success as a player in 1986.
As a first round NFL draft pick, Spurrier played for nine years with the San Francisco 49ers and one year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Spurrier was an assistant coach at the Florida, Georgia Tech and Duke before becoming the head coach of the Tampa Bay Bandits in the USFL in 1983. The Bandits were 35-19 the three years the league existed.
In 1987, Spurrier became the head coach at Duke where his 20-12 record was highlighted by winning the ACC Football Championship in 1989. This is the only one Duke has won in 55 years.
In 1990, Spurrier became the head coach at his alma mater, the University of Florida, which had no SEC Football Championships in 57 years prior to his arrival. His teams won six in his first seven years at Florida, as well as a National Championship in 1996. Spurrier finished his 12-year coaching career at Florida as the winningest coach in school history with a record of 122-27.
In 2005, Spurrier became the head coach at South Carolina where he set school records for wins in a season, Top 10 finishes (three), bowl wins (four in a row), consecutive home wins (18) and consecutive wins over in-state rival, Clemson (five). He is also the winningest coach in school history at South Carolina with an 86-49 record and completed his coaching career with a 53-0 record versus non Power 5 conference teams.
In 2017, Coach Spurrier was recognized for his accomplishments in the coaching world by being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach. He is one of only four men to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player and a coach, joining Alonzo Suggs, Bobby Dodd and Bowden Wyatt.
Coach Spurrier has been married to his college girlfriend, Jerri Starr, for over 50 years. They have four children and 14 grandchildren. He is currently the Ambassador, Consultant at the University of Florida, where his name was placed on the football stadium in September 2016. He and Jerri reside in Gainesville and Crescent Beach, Florida.