Ryan Silverfield named next Memphis Tigers head football coach

Updated: Dec. 13, 2019 at 5:13 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The University of Memphis’ search for the next head football coach is over.

Tigers Athletic Director Laird Veatch introduced Ryan Silverfield as the new head coach Friday.

Last weekend, UofM Athletics Director Laird Veatch named Silverfield the interim head football coach after Mike Norvell accepted the head coach position at Florida State University. Silverfield previously served as deputy head coach and offensive line coach for the Tigers.

“My dream job... to have the chance to stand in front of our team... to be named head coach of the University of Memphis - this is my dream job," said Silverfield Friday, wiping away tears.

“I’ve been fortunate,” Silverfield said Sunday when he was introduced as interim head coach. “I’ve chased a lot of jobs in my day, but when you find a place you truly call home, that’s the exciting part about it. As you guys know if you love Memphis it’ll love you back. It’s been an unique experience here.”

SIlverfield told the audience, "To be named head coach of the University of Memphis - this is my dream job.”

The Tigers are bound for the Cotton Bowl to face the Penn State Nittany Lions Dec. 28.

Silverfield is the 25th head football coach in Memphis Tiger football history.

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