Role: Running backs coach | 2018 Salary: $300,000

Alma mater: Nebraska (1998)

Connection to Frost: Held served under the same title at UCF the past two seasons, and he also played with Frost for two seasons at Nebraska. Held played at Nebraska from 1993-96. He was a student assistant in 1997 as Frost and the Huskers captured a third national in four seasons. Under Held's watch, UCF rushed for nearly 2,500 yards this past season, and tailback Adrian Killins averaged 6.8 yards per carry.

What stands out: His head coaching experience. Held was a head coach at several schools in the NAIA, Division II and junior college ranks, including one season at Peru State. Held landed the Peru State job at the age of 26, making him the youngest head coach in the nation in 2001.

Did you know: Held was part of back-to-back national title runs to begin his coaching career. Nebraska won the 1997 title, and Held was a grad assistant at Tennessee when the Vols won a national crown the following season under Phillip Fulmer.

College coaching experience

2016-17: UCF (running backs coach)

2014-15: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (head coach)

2012-13: Highland (Kan.) CC (head coach)

2011: Butler (Kan.) CC (offensive coordinator)

2005-08: Southwestern Oklahoma State (head coach)

2002-04: Oklahoma Pandhandle State (head coach)

2001: Peru State (head coach)

1998-99: Tennessee (defensive grad assistant)

1997: Nebraska (undergraduate assistant)


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Ryan Held


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