Ryan Silverfield named new Tigers head coach

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Tigers football team has officially hired Ryan Silverfield as their new head coach.

Ryan Silverfield was named the interim coach after Mike Norvell took the top job at Florida State University.

Silverfield was Norvell’s deputy head coach and co-offensive coordinator in Memphis’ best season yet.

The University of Memphis shared the news on Twitter on Friday.

In a press conference on Friday, Silverfield was officially announced as the new head coach.

When he took to the podium he teared up and said, “This is my dream job...honored...humbled...grateful...sincere...appreciative. I can go on and on about the adjective and adverbs about how I feel about this place... this university. I can’t wait... so excited.”

His first game as the head coach will be the Cotton bowl where the 15th ranked Memphis Tigers will take on 12th ranked Penn State.

RELATED: Norvell won’t coach Tigers in Cotton Bowl

Silverfield helped coach Kevin Smith at UCF in 2007 when he led the nation with 2,567 yards rushing, and he has coached in the NFL with Minnesota when Adrian Peterson ran for 2,097 yards. At Memphis, Silverfield was the offensive line coach and run game coordinator in 2018 before being promoted to deputy head coach for this season, according to the Associated Press.