POSITION Run Game Coordinator / Offensive Line Coach
Greg Frey, a member of the Seminoles’ 1993 national championship team, returns to Tallahassee with 22 years of collegiate coaching experience, most recently spending the 2017 season as Michigan’s run game coordinator while also coaching tackles and tight ends. In his career, he has coached more than 20 student-athletes that reached the NFL and has tutored 21 all-conference honorees.
“I am fired up to join Coach Taggart in one of the most explosive offenses in college football,” Coach Frey said. “I feel very fortunate and humbled to have this opportunity to join a group of young and innovative minds. Combine our record of success with the prestige of a modern powerhouse, and I believe Coach Taggart will bring Florida State our first College Football Playoff national championship.”
Frey’s group helped pave the way for the fourth-highest rushing attack in the Big Ten in 2017 as the Wolverines averaged 177.7 yards per game on the ground and scored 26 rushing touchdowns. Michigan also was effective at grinding out the clock, holding the ball for an average of 31:57 per game to rank third in the conference and 20th in the NCAA. Offensive tackle Mason Cole earned second-team All-Big Ten honors and broke the school record for career starts by an offensive lineman with 51.
Combined, UM tight ends caught 54 passes for 697 yards and five touchdowns. Sean McKeon led the Wolverines in receiving with 31 catches for 301 yards and caught a team-high three touchdowns, and Zach Gentry ranked second on the team with 303 receiving yards on 17 receptions with two touchdowns. McKeon and Gentry both earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors, and six tight ends made the Academic All-Big Ten Team.
Before moving to Ann Arbor, Frey spent six years coaching the offensive line at Indiana. While there he also served as the assistant head coach in 2016, co-offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015 and the run game coordinator for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. His efforts in 2015 resulted in him being a nominee for the Broyles Award, which is presented annually to college football’s top assistant coach.
While in Bloomington, he tutored some of the best offensive lines in school history. Right guard Dan Feeney was a two-time All-American, earning first-team honors in 2015 and second-team acclaim in 2016 despite missing nearly half the season due to injury, and left tackle Jason Spriggs earned first-team All-America status while becoming the program’s first Outland Trophy semifinalist in 2015. That year, the duo became only the sixth pair of teammates, and first in IU history, to be first-team All-Americans in the same season. Spriggs was selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers, and Feeney was a third-round pick by the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017.
The 2015 offensive line blocked for one of the most prolific and balanced offenses in NCAA history as Indiana became only the fourth FBS team with a 3,500-yard passer, two 1,000-yard rushers and one 1,000-yard receiver in the same season. The Hoosiers also were the first Big Ten team since Ohio State in 1995 to lead the conference in total offense, scoring offense and passing offense.
Frey spent the 2008-2010 seasons as the offensive line coach at Michigan and helped build an offensive line that blocked for a school-record and Big Ten-high 6,353 yards of total offense in 2010 led by quarterback Denard Robinson’s Big Ten-record 4,272 yards of total offense. The Wolverines boasted a balanced attack that season, averaging 250.2 passing yards per game and 238.5 rushing yards per game.
During his first Michigan stretch, Frey coached All-Big Ten performers Taylor Lewan, David Molk, Patrick Omameh, Stephen Schilling and Michael Schofield. Lewan was a two-time Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year and was picked 11th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. Molk won the Rimington Trophy before being drafted by the San Diego Chargers.
In 2007, Frey was the offensive line coach at West Virginia and helped lead the Mountaineers to an 11-2 overall record, the Big East championship and a Fiesta Bowl victory. His offensive line, anchored by All-American Ryan Stancheck and first-team All-Big East performer Greg Isdaner, blocked for an explosive offense led by Big East Offensive Player of the Year Pat White. The Mountaineers rushed for 297.2 yards per game, the third-best average in the NCAA, ranked ninth in the country with an average of 39.6 points per game and averaged 456.2 yards of total offense per game to rank 15th in the nation.
Frey spent the first 11 years of his collegiate coaching career at South Florida as part of the first staff to bring football to USF, which began its program with the 1997 season. After spending three seasons as a graduate assistant and serving as the Bulls’ defensive line coach in 1999, Frey moved to the offensive line for his final seven seasons in Tampa. In his time with South Florida, the Bulls were 70-43 and played in the first two bowl games in program history.
The 2005 squad set single-season program records with 2,436 rushing yards and an average of 203.0 yards per game on the ground. Both marks stood until 2015, when the Bulls’ offense directed by Coach Taggart eclipsed them. In 2001, Frey’s line blocked for an offense that recorded a school-record 273 completions while averaging a school-record 273.2 passing yards per game. The team’s completion percentage of 63.5 in 2006 also still stands as a single-season school record.
Frey’s linemen earned six all-conference selections while he was in Tampa, despite USF only being in a conference for his last four seasons. His group included offensive tackle Kenyatta Jones, who became the first USF player to be drafted when the New England Patriots made him the first selection in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft.
After redshirting his first season for the Seminoles, Frey saw action at both tackle positions during his career. His five years on campus resulted in a 54-7-1 overall record with four ACC championships, five top-four final rankings and Florida State’s first national championship in 1993.
A Clearwater, Florida, native, Frey graduated from Florida State in 1996 as a dual major, earning his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social science and political science. He and his wife, Andrea, have two sons at home, Cameron and Drew.