Charlie Rene Strong was born on August 2, 1960. He is an American football defensive analyst and also a former player and coach.
Charlie is currently an analyst for Alabama.
Before that, he worked as the head coach at the University of South Florida.
He held many assistant coaching positions before he became head coach at the University of Louisville in 2010.
During his four years at Louisville, Strong led the Cardinals to a 37–15 record and also reached a bowl game every season, including the 2013 Sugar Bowl.
After the 2013 season, Charlie decided to leave Louisville to become the head coach at the University of Texas.
However, he was fired by Texas after the 2016 season.
One month later, he was hired at South Florida, where he led them to a 21-16 record before he was fired in 2019.
Charles Rene Strong was born in Batesville, Arkansas, and he is one of six children.
His father is also called Charles Strong, and he was a teacher and coach in Luxora, Arkansas. He never married his mother, Delois Ramsey.
The young Charlie grew up in a blended household with his aunt and her six children.
After lettering for four years (1980–1983) as a defensive back at the University of Central Arkansas, he joined the University of Florida coaching staff in 1983.
He then worked as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M in 1985.
Strong received a master’s degree from Henderson State University and also a master’s degree from the University of Florida.
Strong is a member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.
Coaching career in South Carolina
In 1999, he joined the South Carolina Gamecocks as a defensive coordinator.
His charismatic personality created a buzz that he would become the first black head coach in the SEC, but that did not happen in the end.
He was hired as defensive coordinator for the Florida Gators prior to the 2003 season.
However, when Urban Meyer was hired as Florida’s head coach, Charlie was the only assistant coach retained from Zook’s staff.
In a 2009 interview with the Orlando Sentinel, he said he believed that race played a large part in why he had not been offered a head coaching job in 2009.
Strong became the 21st head coach at the University of Louisville in 2009.
In an interview with Pat Forde, former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy said of Strong, “When they see what he can do, you’re probably going to have a lot of people disappointed they didn’t hire him sooner.”
Charlie led Louisville to a victory in the 2013 Sugar Bowl over his former team, the Florida Gators, by a final score of 33–23.
In January 2013, he was given a $1.4 million raise that brought his annual compensation to $3.7 million and also raised his buyout to $5 million.
He became the 7th highest paid active coach in college football and highest-paid coach outside the SEC, Big 12, and Big Ten conferences.
The former player has a net worth of around $15 million.