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Stallions hire Ron Zook as Secondary/Special Teams coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Salt Lake Stallions has hired Ron Zook as an assistant coach. Zook will oversee the secondary and special teams. 

The 64-year-old Ashland, Ohio native last worked for the Green Bay Packers. He was employed by the team from 2015 through 2018 as the team’s Special Teams Coordinator. 

Green Bay Packers Special Teams coaches Ron Zook and Maurice Drayton watch during Green Bay Packers Training Camp at Ray Nitschke Field
Ron Zook and Maurice Drayton watch during Green Bay Packers Training Camp at Ray Nitschke Field (Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“Randy Mueller (general manager) called me and asked me what I was doing,” Zook said. “I told him ‘well let me check my schedule.’ I was available, and he asked me if I was interested and I said absolutely. In the two days I’ve been here, it’s been a lot of fun.”

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Zook’s first game with the team will be this weekend. The Stallions face his former boss, Steve Spurrier, and the Orlando Apollos on Saturday night. 

He previously served as the Defensive Coordinator for the Gators under Spurrier. 

“I coached with a lot of guys on that staff,” Zook said. “They’ve done a good job and this will be a great challenge for our football team. And from what I’ve seen, these guys are excited about it.”

Before being hired as the Packers Special Teams Coordinator, he served as the Packers Special Teams Assistant in 2014. He was the Illinois Fighting Illini head coach from 2005 through 2011. 

As the Fighting Illini head coach, the team went 34-51 in seven seasons. His best season was a 9-4 record in 2007. 

Before being hired by Illinois as their head coach, he was the Florida Gators head coach for three seasons in 2002 through 2004. He went 23-14 with the Gators. 

His best campaign was back-to-back 8-5 records. 

Prior to being appointed the Gators head coach, he was the New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator in 2000 and 2001. He was the Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Backs Coach in 1999. 

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He also served as the Special Teams Coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1996 through 1998. He was the Gators Associate Head Coach/Special Teams/Safeties in 1995. He also served as the Gators Special Teams coach in 1994. 

Zook was the Gators Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach from 1991 through 1993. He also served as the Ohio State Buckeyes Defensive Backs Coach from 1998 through 1990. 

He was the Virginia Tech Hokies Associate Head Coach in 1987. He was the Tennessee Volunteers Defensive Backs Coach from 1984 through 1986. 

He also served as the Kansas Jayhawks Defensive Coordinator in 1983. He was the Cincinnati Bearcats Defensive Coordinator in 1981 and 1982. 

Zook began his coaching career as the Murray State Racers Defensive Backs Coach from 1978 through 1980.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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