Steve Spurrier Jr.
Steve Spurrier Jr., who has served on the coaching staffs of two national championship teams and tutored a bevy of outstanding receivers at both the collegiate and professional levels, begins his 11th year with the Gamecocks.
Spurrier Jr. was given the additional title of passing game coordinator beginning with the 2009 season and, beginning in the spring of 2011, added the duties of recruiting coordinator to his resume. He was promoted to co-offensive coordinator in the spring of 2012.
In his first season with the Gamecocks in 2005, Spurrier Jr. mentored Sidney Rice, who broke nearly every receiving record at the school en route to Freshman All-America honors. Rice ended the campaign as the school's single-season receiving yards leader after catching 70 passes for 1,143 yards.
In 2006, Spurrier Jr.'s top two receivers, Rice and Kenny McKinley, combined for 123 catches and 1,970 yards receiving, the top tandem marks in school history. Rice owns two of the top four receiving seasons in Carolina history and set several records in just two campaigns in the Garnet & Black.
In 2007, McKinley earned first-team all-league recognition after setting a school record with 77 receptions for 968 yards and nine touchdowns.
His receivers had another strong year in 2008 as McKinley became the school's all-time leading receiver in both receptions (207) and receiving yards (2,781), surpassing the records previously held by Sterling Sharpe. McKinley, who missed part of his senior season with an injury, still managed to haul in 54 passes for 642 yards to lead the team and earn honorable mention all-conference recognition.
In 2009, Spurrier Jr. developed Alshon Jeffery into a consensus first-team Freshman All-American after leading the team in receptions, yards and touchdown catches.
Spurrier Jr. helped guide Jeffery to a school-record season in 2010, as the sophomore amassed over 1,500 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, earning unanimous All-SEC honors, All-America accolades and a nod as a Biletnikoff Award finalist.
Jeffery capped his career with 49 catches for 762 yards in 2011, finishing his three-year stint in the Garnet & Black with school records in receiving yards (3,042) and 100-yard receiving games (12), and tying the school record for touchdown catches with 23.
The Gamecocks used the tight end more in the passing game in 2012, as Justice Cunningham and Rory Anderson provided a nice balance with wideouts Bruce Ellington and Ace Sanders. That quartet caught 21 of the 29 touchdown passes.
Led by Ellington, Damiere Byrd, Nick Jones and Shaq Roland, the Gamecocks were fourth in the SEC in pass offense in 2013, while averaging 34.1 points and a school record 452.3 yards of offense per game. Spurrier Jr. brought 11 years of coaching experience to Carolina, with his most recent stop being at the University of Arizona under head coach Mike Stoops.
Pharoh Cooper had a breakout season in 2014, becoming the next in what has been an impressive line of receivers at Carolina while earning All-SEC honors.
He spent two seasons as wide receivers coach in the NFL with Washington. While with the Redskins, Spurrier Jr. coached Laveranues Coles, whose 2003 receiving totals of 82 receptions for 1,204 yards earned him his only Pro Bowl appearance. He also coached Rod Gardner, who was the Redskins’ top receiver in ‘02 with 1,007 yards.
Spurrier Jr. was part of Bob Stoops’ rebuilding project at Oklahoma, which culminated with a perfect 13-0 record and national championship in 2000. He spent three seasons as the Sooners’ wide receivers coach, working with such standouts as Mark Clayton and Josh Norman.
Prior to his stay in Norman, Spurrier Jr. worked at Florida for five seasons and was part of the Gators’ 1996 national championship club.
During his collegiate coaching career, he has been involved with 14 postseason bowl teams, four conference championships (three SEC and one Big 12) and two national championships (Florida 1996 and Oklahoma 2000).
Born in Palo Alto, Calif., Spurrier Jr. played football at Duke, where he earned his degree in 1994. He later earned a master’s degree at Florida in 1996.
Spurrier Jr. and his wife, the former Melissa Beauchamp, are the parents of triplets, Luke, Gavin and Emmaline; Nolan; and twins, Palmer and Hayden.