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Florida Completes Strength and Conditioning Staff With Two Hires

Rodney Hill and Reed Roberts will join the Gators strength and conditioning staff ahead of the 2024 season.

With spring football practices set to commence on Thursday, the Florida Gators rounded out its strength and conditioning staff by hiring Rodney Hill and Reed Roberts, All Gators can confirm.

Swamp247’s Jacob Rudner first reported the news on Tuesday.

Hill receives the director of player athletic development title while Roberts — who served as a intern with Florida in 2022 before taking an assistant strength coach gig at Georgia State in 2023 — will assist Hill as the assistant director of player athletic development.

The Gators strength and conditioning department underwent considerable change this offseason as Mark Hocke — the former director of strength and condition — was repositioned to a take on a role within the program’s front office.

It resulted in the appointment of well-established strength coach Craig Fitzgerald in Hocke’s former role. However, after a short stint in Gainesville, Fitzgerald departed for Boston College to assume the same duties under newly minted Golden Eagles head coach Bill O’Brien in February.

Despite the opportunity to scramble, Florida seemingly leaned on its players’ input before naming Fitzgerald’s replacement. Director of player athletic development Tyler Miles was promoted from within to fill the hole. He’s commanded the new position since Feb. 11, earning the official title on Feb. 20.

Now, Miles’ support staff is complete.

Hill brings several years of Power Five football and NFL experience to the table. He comes to Gainesville after spending the 2023 season at Arkansas as an assistant strength and conditioning coach with a speciality in sports science.

Stints at Duke (2022) and LSU (2021) highlight his recent collegiate experience, complemented by early-career assistant roles with the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions in the NFL.

Roberts — the son of Florida’s first-year linebackers coach and executive head coach Ron Roberts — returns to Gainesville following his one year at Georgia State.

Florida’s spring practices are set to begin on Thursday, March 7.

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