Golden Through the Years

Al Golden was hired by the University of Miami to replace head coach Randy Shannon. Let's take a closer look at Golden's previous experience.

Al Golden, 41, played tight end at Penn State under head coach Joe Paterno. He was a solid player there and spent some time with the New England Patriots after that. Golden graduated from Penn State with an undergrad in Pre-Law.

Golden's coaching career started in 1993, when he was the offensive coordinator at a New Jersey high school. A year later he was hired as a graduate assistant by George Welsh at the University of Virginia. Working with the linebackers and special teams units, Golden spent three seasons there before returning to the high school ranks for two years.

He landed his first full-time college coaching position in 1999 when Tom O'Brien hired him to coach linebackers. Golden helped Frank Chamberlain become a third round draft pick.

After one season at BC, Golden became linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Penn State. After just one impressive season there, former NFL coach Al Groh made Golden the youngest defensive coordinator in Division 1 football when he brought him to Virginia.

In just five seasons, Golden made a huge difference. In his first season, the Cavs ranked 108th in total defense. By year five, they were 18th. He recruited and developed All-American Ahmad Brooks among others.

After becoming known as one of the nation's top young coordinators, Golden became the head coach at Temple in 2006.

The Owls won three games in the three seasons prior to Golden's arrival. It didn't take long for Golden to turn the program around. After winning just one game his first year, he won four, then five, then nine, and he won eight this season.

The Owls went to a bowl game in 2009 for just the third time in 111 years of the school.

Golden is widely considered one of the best young head coaches in all of college football and now he'll be leading the Hurricane program.

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