Florida Atlantic announced the hiring of Ben Strickland as defensive backs coach on Wednesday. Strickland fills a void left by Nick Caley‘s departure to join the New England Patriots’ staff.
Strickland played and coached at Wisconsin, first walking on the club and working his way to become a team captain in 2007 while also earning Academic All-Big Ten honors on four occasions. He served in a number of roles on Wisconsin’s coaching staff, first as a defensive quality control assistant in 2009, then as a graduate assistant in 2010-11, and then as cornerbacks coach.
Strickland worked with his new boss, Charlie Partridge, for three years while Patridge served as the Badgers’ defensive line coach and, later, as assistant head coach.
“I’m excited to reunite with Ben,” Partridge said in a statement. “He has proven to be an outstanding family man, football coach, and recruiter at the highest level.”
In his three seasons working with Wisconsin’s defensive backs, four Badgers would go on to receive All-Big Ten honors.
“I have been fortune to coach and work with a lot of outstanding people and Charlie is one of the best,” Strickland. “He carries himself with such class and works tirelessly with his players both on and off the field to help them realize their full potential. He understands the family and work life balance. I admire Charlie as a coach and a man of character and that is one of the many reasons that I’m excited to reunite with Charlie. I’m thrilled to get started with these young men and help build into their lives. My family and I are extremely grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to coach at FAU.”
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