Travis Trickett has been hired as Florida Atlantic University Offensive Coordinator, announced FAU Football Head Coach Charlie Partridge.
“My family and I are thrilled about joining Coach Partridge’s staff at FAU,” said Trickett. “The opportunity to work with a coach of his caliber at a place with so much potential is very exciting. There are great things ahead for FAU football and I can’t wait to get started.”
Trickett comes to FAU after five seasons at Samford University, including four as the Bulldogs offensive coordinator. He will take over an Owls offense that returns all but three starters, including rising redshirt sophomore quarterback Jason Driskel who gained valuable experience in 2015 and Daniel Parr who redshirted in 2015.
Trickett joined the Samford staff as the tight ends and slot receivers coach in 2011. Just one year later, he was elevated to Samford’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks’ coach. In his four-year tenure as the signal caller 23 players earned all-conference honors.
“We welcome Travis with excitement and anticipation as he, Tiffany and Maverick join our football family in Boca,” said Charlie Partridge, FAU’s head football coach. “He has proven to be a tremendous quarterback mentor, play caller, coordinator and Florida recruiter. Travis is excited to be an Owl and we are excited to see him lead our 2016 offense.”
In 2015, the Bulldogs averaged 34.6 points per game and averaged nearly 480 yards per game. He used two quarterbacks in 2015 and the duo passed for 22 scores and tossed 3,662 yards to 15 different targets and boasted the nation’s highest completion percentage at 69.7 percent. The Bulldogs had a season high 752 yards versus Florida A&M.
During the 2014 season, Trickett led an offense that averaged more than 30 points per game, marking the second-straight year the team improved in scoring offense. The Bulldogs averaged 217.9 passing yards per game, and 399.3 yards of total offense per game. The 2014 offense also posted the program’s largest margin of victory in a Southern Conference game (45-0 at Furman) and the program’s most points scored in a SoCon game (63 vs. VMI).
In 2013, Trickett mentored quarterback Andy Summerlin during his record-breaking senior season. Summerlin, who was named the Southern Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year, set school records for passing yards in a game (495 vs. Georgia Southern) and passing yards in a season (3,640).
In Trickett’s first season coaching quarterbacks, the Bulldogs finished third in the Southern Conference in passing offense, and Summerlin ranked third in the league in passing.
In 2011, Trickett assisted with a much-improved offense from the previous season. He tutored tight end Zeke Walters, who caught 11 passes for 153 yards in his first season in a Samford uniform.
Trickett came to Samford after working as a graduate assistant at Florida State, 2008-10, where he served on the staffs of both Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fisher. While at FSU, Trickett helped coach quarterbacks Christian Ponder and E.J. Manuel.
Trickett worked as an offensive graduate assistant on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama from 2007-08, where he worked with quarterbacks John Parker Wilson and Greg McElroy.
Trickett, the son of FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett, began his coaching career as a student assistant at West Virginia University, from 2003-07, where he worked under head coach Rich Rodriguez. As part of his duties with the Mountaineers, Trickett worked with quarterback Pat White.
Trickett graduated from West Virginia in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing. He also earned a master’s degree from Florida State in sports administration in 2009.
Trickett and his wife, Tiffany, were married in the summer of 2013. The couple has one son, Maverick, born in the spring of 2014.
- Katrina McCormack