Will Healy lands senior offensive analyst role in the Big 12

Charlotte Athletics photo / Former Charlotte 49ers football coach Will Healy is now a senior offensive analyst at the University of Central Florida.

Will Healy, the former Boyd-Buchanan quarterback and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga assistant coach, was announced Monday afternoon as a senior offensive analyst at the University of Central Florida.

Healy also will serve as an advisor to Knights head coach Gus Malzahn.

"A BIG addition to our staff!!" Malzahn posted on Twitter. "We're excited to welcome Will Healy to UCF."

Healy had been looking for a new destination since October, when he was fired midway through his fourth season as Charlotte's head coach. The 38-year-old took the 49ers to their first bowl game in the program's short history during his inaugural season in 2019, and Charlotte's lone win over a Power Five opponent occurred during the 2021 opener against Duke.

Last year's team, however, was just 1-7 at the time of his dismissal.

"We did a bunch of really cool things, but at the end of the day, we didn't produce enough this year," Healy said following his ouster. "You've got to be prepared for that in this profession, and now it's, 'What's next?' I know I want to keep doing it.

"It's just about the best opportunity for our family."

Healy landed his first head-coaching role at Austin Peay in 2016 and was the Football Championship Subdivision national coach of the year in 2017 after guiding the Governors to an 8-4 record.

UCF is moving into the Big 12 Conference this year on the heels of seven consecutive seasons that have ended with bowl appearances, including the 2017 team that went 13-0 and won the Peach Bowl under Scott Frost and the 2018 team that went 12-1 and lost the Fiesta Bowl under Josh Heupel.

Malzahn, who guided Auburn to a 68-35 record from 2013-20 that included three Iron Bowl victories, two Southeastern Conference Western Division titles and one overall SEC championship, is 18-9 through two seasons with the Knights.

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com.