GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida head football coach Billy Napier announced Sunday that Paul Silvestri has been promoted to director of sports health, football.
Silvestri, who has been on staff at Florida since 2013, will continue to oversee the football athletic training room and will work alongside recently hired associate director Tony Hill.
A native of Boca Raton, Fla., Silvestri has played a key role in navigating the obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2020 and 2021 football seasons.
Silvestri started his career with Florida Atlantic, where he spent three seasons (2003-05) as an athletic trainer. He then served as an assistant athletic trainer at Kentucky from 2007 to 2008.
Prior to the 2008 football season, Silvestri was hired as Utah’s head athletic trainer for football and spent five seasons in Salt Lake City before joining the Gators.
Silvestri graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science in 2000, and with master of science in kinesiology from the University of Kentucky in 2003.