STARKVILLE, Miss. – John Hevesy is the latest addition to Head Coach Dan Mullen’s football staff at Mississippi State pending approval by the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning, the athletic department announced Tuesday.
Hevesy has spent the past eight seasons coaching with Mullen, including the past four year as a member of the University of Florida coaching staff, where he spent time working with both the tight ends and the offensive line.
“John and I have spent most of the past decade together and we have a great relationship,” Mullen said. “And his presence on this staff brings even more championship experience.”
Hevesy has coached in four BCS bowls, including Florida’s 2006 and 2008 National Championship Game victories.
This past season, he coached tight end Aaron Hernandez as the sophomore caught 34 passes for 381 yards and five scores. Hevesy also assisted with a Florida offensive line which allowed only 16 sacks in 14 games and paved the way for a rushing attack that averaged more than 231 yards per game.
In 2007, he tutored the UF tight ends’ duo of Cornelius Ingram and Hernandez to a combined 43 receptions and 659 yards receiving. Ingram’s seven touchdowns receiving matched Andre Caldwell’s team leading total and his 14.9 yards per reception were the most of any Gator who had double digit catches. That season, the Gator offensive line surrendered just 13 sacks in 13 games, tying for the second-lowest total in the SEC and fifth nationally.
Despite entering the 2006 season with one player having started a game at his opening-day position, the UF offensive line allowed only 23 sacks on the year, and yielded one or less seven times during the campaign. The group also paved the way for 13.2 yards per game increase on the ground in 2006, improving from 146.8 in 2005 to 160.0 that season. Hevesy has also shown a penchant for molding individual talents on the interior of the Gators’ line. Starting centers Mike Degory and Steve Rissler earned first-team All-SEC honors as seniors in 2005 and 2006, respectively, and Drew Miller earned honorable mention All-SEC by the Associated Press in ‘07. In his first season at UF, Hevesy transformed Degory into a finalist for the 2005 Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation’s top center.
As the offensive line coach at Utah in 2004, Hevesy directed the front line for one of the most prolific offenses in the country, as the Utes ranked third nationally in scoring (45.3), total offense (499.7) and passing efficiency (173.4). Behind the blocking of Hevesy’s group, Utah scored on 62-of-67 trips to the red zone that year. He tutored guard Chris Kemoeatu to first-team All- America and All-Mountain West Conference honors in 2004, while mentoring first-team All-MWC tight end Ben Moa in his first year on the Utah staff.
Prior to his arrival in Salt Lake City, Hevesy coached the tackles and tight ends at Bowling Green from 2001-02. In his first year on campus, the line allowed 50 percent fewer sacks than the year before, while the 2002 unit blocked for skill players that amassed more than 5,000 yards of total offense.
During a three-year stint at Brown, Hevesy coached an offensive line that blocked for 13 school records and saw three of its members earn multiple All-Ivy selections. As a graduate assistant at Syracuse in 1997, he helped the Orange win the BIG EAST and earn a Fiesta Bowl bid.
A three-year starter on the offensive line at the University of Maine from 1991-93, Hevesy is married to the former Kelli Rogers. The couple has three children, Jack (6), Taylor (5), and Madison (3).
JOHN HEVESY BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Bachelor’s in Education – Maine, 1994
Born on May 2, 1971 in Madison, Conn.
Married to the former Kelli Rogers
Three children: Jack, Taylor and Madison