Randolph hiring completes Bama staff

TUSCALOOSA, Ala, -- University of Alabama head football coach Mike Price completed his on-the-field coaching staff Thursday, when he announced that Paul Randolph has joined the Tide staff as defensive ends coach.

Randolph and previously hired Defensive Tackles Coach Buddy Wyatt will share responsibility for the Tide defensive line.

Mike Price also noted recently that Tight Ends Coach Sparky Woods would serve as Alabama's Off-campus Recruiting Coordinator. Randy Ross, who is expected to be named Director of Football Operations, will handle on-campus recruiting responsibilities.

"We are certainly excited about Paul's arrival," Price said, "he is an excellent coach who brings a great deal of experience coaching on the defensive front. He was an outstanding linebacker in the CFL and was able to transfer that knowledge and expertise to his coaching philosophy."

Randolph joins the Tide after a season on the West Virginia University football staff where he coached the defensive line. The Mountaineers were 9-4 in 2002 and his defensive line helped hold opponents to just 121.8 yards a game rushing. WVU had 16 sacks and ranked 30th in rushing defense.

"I look forward to becoming part of the great tradition Alabama football enjoys," Randolph said. "and I am anxious to get to Tuscaloosa and begin working."

Randolph came to WVU from Toledo, where he served as defensive line coach in 2001. He also worked with the Rockets' special teams.

A native of Gainesville, Ga., Randolph was a two-time all-conference linebacker at Tennessee-Martin, where he earned a degree in engineering technology in 1990.

He then played 10 seasons in the Canadian Football League, eight of those (1988-95) with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, helping them win Grey Cup titles in 1990 and 1994. From 1996-97, he was team captain and a player/coach with the Montreal Alouettes. Randolph was inducted into the Blue Bombers' Hall of Fame in 2002.

He started his collegiate coaching career in 1998 at his alma mater coaching the Tennessee-Martin linebackers. He moved to Valdosta State in 1999 as defensive line coach, and held that same position at Illinois State in 2000.

In 1997, he founded the Paul Randolph Football Camp in his hometown of Gainesville, providing a week-long camp experience for underprivileged youngsters through corporate sponsorships.

Randolph and his wife Mia have two children, Patrick and Mya.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Front page photo of Coach Randolph, courtesy of West Virginia University.

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