Heupel’s new deal goes via the 2023 season. Phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed.
“I’m really honored to have the chance to guide this group of younger males and characterize this nice college,” Heupel mentioned in a media launch . “My household and I’ve discovered an incredible neighborhood to name dwelling. I’m trying ahead to the way forward for this program. I can’t thank [UCF athletics director] Danny White and [UCF president] Dale Whittaker sufficient for his or her help and perception in what we’re doing.”
Heupel, who starred at quarterback for Oklahoma in 1999-2000, took over the Knights this yr after Scott Frost’s departure for the pinnacle teaching spot at Nebraska. Coming off a 13-Zero mark in 2017, expectations had been sky excessive, however Heupel guided the Knights to an ideal 12-Zero common season in his first yr. This got here regardless of the lack of star quarterback McKenzie Milton to a season-ending damage in a sport Nov. 23. Every week later, the Knights rallied from 17 all the way down to beat Memphis within the AAC championship sport.
“We’re very proud and very appreciative of the job Josh and his employees have carried out since taking up our program just a bit over one yr in the past,” White mentioned in a launch. “What they’ve achieved is nothing wanting wonderful. Successful one faculty soccer sport is tough; profitable all 12 thus far this season is unbelievable! If you issue within the elevated expectations from the earlier yr and the adversity the workforce confronted, all whereas taking each opponent’s greatest shot, the job they did was really outstanding.
“We’re constructing a perennial Prime 25 program and the longer term largest fan base in faculty soccer. There isn’t a higher coach, and no higher particular person, for me to accomplice with in that effort than Josh Heupel. Knight Nation is so very lucky to have the Heupel household in black and gold!”
Central Florida places its 25-game profitable streak on the road in opposition to LSU within the Fiesta Bowl Jan. 1.