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Top 30 UCF Knights Assistant Coaches of All-Time: #20-11

The list continues

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Brent Key
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We continue our countdown of the top 30 UCF Knights assistant coaches of all-time with numbers 20-11. Also check out our other lists as part of our UCF250 series:


#20 - Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (Women Tennis)

Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar joined Bryan Koniecko’s staff as an assistant coach in August 2016 after playing on the WTA from 2014-16.

Sanchez-Quintanar was named the ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2019 as the Knights went 24-4, won The American and reached the NCAA Sweet 16.


T-#19 - Ruben Felix (Softball)

Ruben Felix spent four seasons (2011-2014) as a softball assistant coach & recruiting coordinator at UCF. In two of his last three seasons, the Knights advanced to the NCAA tournament (2012 & 2014).

While at UCF, Felix coached hitters, infielders, and catchers, and was the first base coach. In 2014, he helped UCF to a 43-18 overall record and their first ever American Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship in program history. The 2014 UCF staff was named the AAC’s Coaching Staff of the Year. UCF had three NFCA All-Region selections.

Felix left UCF after the 2014 season to join Ole Miss, where he was an assistant from 2015-2019, helping the Rebels to two Super Regional appearances (2017 & 2019), an SEC Tournament championship (2017) and four NCAA Tournament appearances (2016-2019). Felix served as interim Head Coach at Ole Miss in 2020.


T-#19 - Hillary Barrow (Softball)

Hillary Barrow spent four seasons as an assistant coach (2013-2016) after joining the Knights’ staff in August 2012. Barrow was a player from 2007-2010 and was part of the 2008 C-USA Championship and two NCAA Tournament appearances (2008, 2010). Barrow and Craig Cozart (Baseball) are the only UCF alums to win a conference championship as a player and as a coach.

In Barrow’s second year of calling pitches, the 2015 UCF pitching staff posted the lowest ERA in the nation (0.92). Shelby Turnier posted the lowest individual ERA (0.87) in the country, won the American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, and became UCF’s first NFCA All-American.

Barrow was part of two American Coaching Staff of the Year (2014-2015) awards after the Knights won the regular season and conference tournament championships in the same year (2015). The back-to-back conference champions made the first consecutive NCAA appearances in program history, finishing as the runner-up in the Tallahassee Regional.

Barrow left in 2016 for FIU, where she coached Shannon Saile and the Panthers into the NCAA Tournament in 2017. Barrow is currently in her second season as Head Coach at Quinnipiac.


#18 - Tiffany Jordan (Softball)

Tiffany Jordan joined the UCF softball coaching staff in October 2014, working with the infielders and on hitting.

Jordan has helped the Knights to NCAA regional finals in 2015 and 2016, and was a part of the 2015 American Athletic Conference Coaching Staff of the Year and 2015 NFCA Mideast Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

Jordan was inducted into Youngstown State’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017, and was also named an assistant coach for the Canadian Junior Women’s National Team for the 2019 Softball World Cup, where Canada earned the bronze medal for the first time ever.

In 2015, the Knights posted a .979 fielding percentage ranked second in the nation.


#17 - Brent Key (Football)

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Brent Key was part of George O’Leary’s coaching from 2005-2015
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Brent Key spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach at UCF. He originally started as a graduate assistant in 2005.

Key was UCF’s offensive line coach for six seasons (2009-14), holding the title of assistant head coach from 2012-14. He also served six seasons as the Knights’ recruiting coordinator (2007, 2010-14). Key coached the tight ends from 2006-08 and added the role of special teams coordinator for the 2008 campaign. He spent the 2015 season as the Knights’ offensive coordinator and running backs coach. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Key was selected as a national nominee for the Broyles Award, which is given to the top assistant coach in college football.

Key coached eight players to 16 all-conference selections during his time as the offensive line coach for the Knights. Jah Reid was a third-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and three other linemen have signed NFL free-agent contracts since leaving Orlando.

During Key’s time in Orlando, the Knights went to bowl games and won four conference titles (2007, 2010, 2013 and 2014). Following 2015, Key went on to join Alabama’s coaching staff as offense line coach (2016-2018) and is currently the associate head coach at Georgia Tech under Geoff Collins.


T-#16 - Brian Doyon (Volleyball)

Brian Doyon has been part of Todd Dagenais UCF volleyball coaching staff since 2017.
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Doyon joined the Knights in the spring of 2017. He serves as the defensive coordinator and oversees practice design. In 2019, the Knights were 2nd nationally in team blocks and 40th in team digs, and three players - Nerissa Moravec, Anne-Marie Watson, and Lache Harper - were ranked among the top 30 players in blocks per set. Doyon has been part of UCF’s back-to-back American Conference Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2018 and 2019.

In Doyon’s first season with UCF in 2017, UCF was 33rd nationally in team digs and 38th in team blocks. Libero Jordan Pingel averaged 4.23 digs per set, the seventh-most in a single season in program history. Middle blockers Taylor Wickey and Jeanne Westney were among the top 300 players in the nation ranked in blocks per set.


T-#16 - Jenny Maurer (Volleyball)

Jenny Maurer joined the Knights in 2016 after spending five seasons as the head coach at Bradley. As associate head coach, she is in charge of recruiting, runs the offense, and coaches setters.

In four seasons with the Knights, Maurer has helped the Knights post four 20-win seasons, including trips to the 2017 National Invitational Volleyball Championship, and the 2018 and 2019 NCAA Tournaments (reaching the Round of 32 in 2019) along with two American Coference Championships (2018 and 2019).


#15 - Paul Souders (Men’s Soccer)

Paul Souders has been part of Scott Calabrese’s UCF coaching staff since spring of 2016
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Paul Souders joined the UCF men’s soccer staff in 2016 as an assistant coach and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2018.

Souders has helped coach one of the best offenses in all of Division I. The Knights have been ranked top 10 in the nation in almost every offensive category, and led UCF to their best season in program history in 2019. The Knights posted a record of 15-3-2 and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, the farthest the team had ever gone. UCF also went 6-0-1 in conference, becoming just the third team in the history of The American to go unbeaten in conference. For the second straight season, Souders and company earned the American Athletic Conference Coaching Staff of the Year.


#14 - Cliff Godwin (Baseball)

In his three years as associate head coach at UCF, Cliff Godwin helped put the Knights on the map with the nation’s fourth-ranked recruiting class in 2010 before following with a Top 20 class in 2011. He also helped lead the Knights back to NCAA Regional action in 2011 for the first time since 2004.

In 2010, SEBaseball.com named Godwin C-USA Assistant Coach of the Year as the Knights set a new school and C-USA record with a .343 batting average, as well as school records in home runs (78) and slugging percentage (.538).

Godwin left UCF after 2011 season to become an assistant at Ole Miss before going back to his alma mater, East Carolina, to be Head Coach in 2015. He has since led ECU to four NCAA Regional appearances, two Super Regional appearances, the 2019 American Athletic Conference Regular season title, and two AAC Tournament titles.


#13 - Craig Brown (Men’s Basketball)

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Craig Brown (Left) was on Kirk Speraw’s UCF Basketball staff from 2000-2010 here at 2005 NCAA Tournament game vs UConn.
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During his two stints at UCF, Craig Brown helped the Knights make trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and 2005. He played a key role in the development of Jermaine Taylor, who earned All-America honors and the Conference USA Player of the Year Award in 2008-09. Brown coached 10 all-conference selections at UCF.

Brown came back to UCF in 2012 as the Director of Operations for Donnie Jones. He now works in player development for the NBA in China.


#12 - Tim Sahaydak (Women’s Soccer)

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Tim Sahaydak has been UCF Women’s Associate Coach at UCF since 2013.
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Tim Sahaydak was hired as UCF’s associate head coach in 2013 after spending six seasons at VCU alongside his co-head coach, wife and current UCF head coach, Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak. In his time, Sahaydak helped bring three American regular season championships (2013,2014, and 2017) and four NCAA Tournament appearances (2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017) with a run to the Sweet 16 in 2014.


#11 - Dwight Evans (Men’s Basketball)

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Dwight Evans ( Right) was part of 3 UCF’s NCAA Tournament appearances (94,04-05) including here from 2005 NCAA Tournament vs UConn
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At UCF, Evans had two different stints - from 1992-1994 and again from 2002-2010. His specialty was working with post players, and five UCF players earned all-conference over his tenure.

He was a member of Kirk Speraw’s first staff at UCF and helped the 1993-94 team reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

Later, Evans recruited Jermaine Taylor, who was eventually selected in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. Evans also helped UCF win back-to-back A-Sun Championships and trips to NCAA Tournament in 2004 and 2005.