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Florida names UNLV assistant Deacon as head coach

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The Florida men’s golf team filled its head-coaching vacancy Saturday by hiring UNLV assistant J.C. Deacon.

Deacon, 31, played for the Rebels from 2001-05 and has spent the past three years there as an assistant coach under Dwaine Knight. 

Deacon replaces Buddy Alexander, who announced his retirement on April 22 after spending 27 years as the head coach. Alexander’s teams won the NCAA Championship in 1993 and ’01.

“I’ve been a big fan of the Florida program for a long time,” Deacon said in a statement. “Buddy has produced nationally competitive teams throughout the years. I just know there are a serious amount of championships to be won at Florida. I have that platform now, and it is up to me to go out and do the hard work to get it done.”

Florida finished the 2013-14 season ranked 72nd in the country, according to Golfstat. The Gators failed to reach the NCAA Championship for the first time in 14 years.