Former Florida assistant Teryl Austin is a defensive coordinator again.
This time, it’s in the NFL.
After three years with the Baltimore Ravens as their secondary coach, Austin was hired Friday as defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions.
Their new head coach, Jim Caldwell, worked with Austin for two years in Baltimore, including the Ravens’ championship season in 2013.
Caldwell was also the quarterbacks coach at Penn State when Austin started his coaching career in 1991 as a graduate assistant.
“You look at his background,” Caldwell said, “he had an opportunity to work within the scheme of a defense that was tremendous. He did a great job in both stopping the run and can really give you some difficulties in terms of defending the pass. He’s worked at some different systems. He’s also been a coordinator himself. He was at Florida and then also he worked with the Cardinals for a number of years and certainly a number of years in college football.”
Austin came to UF in February 2010 following Charlie Strong’s departure for Louisville. The Gators ranked ninth nationally in total defense that year.
After Urban Meyer’s resignation, Austin was not retained by Will Muschamp and went to the Ravens.
Former Florida safety Matt Elam played his rookie season under Austin, who also coached him during his freshman year at UF.
Prior to his time in Gainesville, Austin was the defensive backs coach with the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks.
All three of the previous NFL teams he worked for made it to the Super Bowl while he was on staff.