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Jim McElwain wins SEC Coach of the Year award

Dec 6, 2014; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain is introduced during a press conference at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 6, 2014; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain is introduced during a press conference at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday, Florida's Jim McElwain was named as the 2015 SEC Head Coach of the Year.

Formerly at Colorado State, McElwain led the Gators in his first year to an SEC East Division title, and a double-digit win total.

Congrats @CoachMcElwain - 2015 SEC Coach of the Year! https://t.co/0nESUgRrBz pic.twitter.com/jdUfdVfu6v

— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) December 9, 2015

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A native of Montana, McElwain's quirky personality and strong work ethic has taken Gainesville by storm. Although Florida is deficient at certain areas within its roster, the strong-willed nature of the squad ultimately resulted in an SEC Title Game appearance -- which is a direct reflection of its head coach.

As McElwain continues to rebuild the program through recruiting, Florida figures to be a staple within the conference for a long time.