Photos from the first day of spring practice
EDUCATION: Earned a bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Illinois in 1979.
PERSONAL DATA: Born in Elgin, Illinois on December 20, 1956. He and his wife Vicki have a son, Jake (23), and a daughter, Shea (27).
BOWL EXPERIENCE: As a coach - 2013 BBVA Compass Bowl, 2012 Rose Bowl, 2010 Liberty Bowl, 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl, 2007 Liberty Bowl, 2005 Hawaii Bowl, 2001 Peach Bowl, 1999 Mobile Bowl, 1997 Carquest Bowl, 1992 Peach Bowl.
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2011 Wisconsin, 2010 Central Florida, 2007 Central Florida.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: As a coach - In 2012 at Pittsburgh, the Panthers ranked 16th in the NCAA in total defense (325.8), 21st in scoring defense (19.7), 24th in rushing defense (129.1) and 25th in passing defense (196.8). Panthers' defensive lineman Aaron Donald earned first-team All-Big East honors after leading the conference and ranking 11th nationally with 18.5 tackles for loss, while safety Jason Hendricks was a second-team selection after leading the Big East and tying for ninth nationally with five interceptions. In 2011 at Wisconsin, oversaw the development of first-team All-Big Ten performers Chris Borland and Mike Taylor. The pair spearheaded a defense that helped the Badgers win the Big Ten championship and earn a Rose Bowl berth. In his final year at UCF, Huxtable's defense helped the Knights to the finest season in school history with an 11-3 record, the C-USA championship and a 10-6 victory over Georgia in the 2010 Liberty Bowl. UCF ranked eighth nationally in scoring defense (17.1 points/game), eighth in rushing defense (108.4 yards/game), 15th in total defense (315.4 yards/game) and 18th in pass efficiency defense (113.0 rating). Defensive end Bruce Miller was a two-time C-USA Defensive Player of the Year and finished his career as UCF's career sacks leader with 35.5. Miller was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2011 NFL Draft. His pupils at UNC included a pair of NFL Draft selections in David Thornton and Quincy Monk. Thornton, a former walk-on, emerged as one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's most productive defenders en route to All-ACC honors. At Georgia Tech, Keith Brooking finished as the school's career tackles leader (467 stops) and was a first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons. Among his pupils at East Carolina was linebacker Robert Jones, a consensus All-American who went on to be a first-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys and winner of three Super Bowl rings. Jones starred for the Pirates' 1991 team that went 11-1 and finished with a national No. 9 ranking.