Florida Gators set to promote Tyler Miles to Director of Football Performance

On3 imageby:Nick de la Torre02/20/24

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Gators are promoting Director of Player Athletic Development Tyler Miles to oversee the Gators’ strength and conditioning department. Miles will serve as the Director of Football Performance, according to Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel.

Miles is replacing Craig Fitzgerald, who left on February 11 to take the same role with Boston College. The move to leave Florida was made to reunite with Bill O’Brien. Fitzgerald and O’Brien first met at Maryland when the two were on staff. O’Brien tapped Fitzgerald to lead his strength and conditioning program both at Penn State and in the NFL with the Houston Texans. O’Brien was hired to be the head coach and Boston College and his first call was to Fitzgerald, who had only been with the Gators for five weeks.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce my decision to leave the University of Florida Football program. After much thought, I have decided to join my decade-long coaching friend Bill O’Brien at Boston College,” Fitzgerald said in a statement to Gators Online. “Bill and I have worked together for almost 10 years. Although it excites me to rejoin him, it pains me to leave a program with such a bright future made up of hard-working, committed, and fine young men and staff. The culture of competitiveness, professionalism, and dedication inside this building was evident in my short time here. I am grateful to Coach Napier for this opportunity and I wish the Gators the best moving forward.”

Miles just completed his first season with the Gators after being hired as Florida’s director of player athletic development prior to the 2023 football season. There was a strong push from Florida players for Miles to take over the strength and conditioning program prior to Fitzgerald’s hire. Miles has also been overseeing the winter workouts since Fitzgerald’s departure.

Prior to Florida, he spent the 2022 season at Duke, where he served as an assistant director of sports performance, working primarily with the football program.

Prior to Duke, he spent the 2021 season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Miami.

Prior to that, he spent two years (2019-20) at Boost Performance in Nashville, working primarily with athletes on combine training, and National Football League (NFL) and college offseason workouts. During his time there, he assisted in training and prepping 25-30 athletes for their NFL combine and pro day. In his two years, Miles had 10 athletes selected in the NFL Draft and 30-plus athletes sign NFL free agent contracts.

In that same stretch, he worked at Tennessee State University as the head strength coach, working primarily with the football and volleyball programs as well as the track throwers.

Along with strength and conditioning training, Miles was responsible for athlete rehab and the return to play process. He also made stops at Northwestern State University as an assistant strength coach (2019), the University of Tennessee as a strength and conditioning intern (2018) and the University of South Carolina as a strength and conditioning intern (2017).

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