The University of South Florida has announced that it has hired Mike Golden to be its head strength and conditioning coach on Tuesday. Golden served in the same position at East Carolina University for the past five seasons, including four with current USF head football coach Skip Holtz. Golden also worked with Holtz at the University of South Carolina for three years and the University of Connecticut in 1998. Golden comes to USF with 15 years of collegiate strength and conditioning experience, including 11 as a head strength coach, and replaces Ronnie McKeefery, who took a position with Army Special Forces after the Bulls Bowl win.
"I'm looking forward to joining the USF family," said Golden. "I'm excited about the direction that all the athletic programs are headed. I had a great experience at ECU, but I'm looking forward to this new chapter at USF and can't wait to be a part of it."
Golden worked with Holtz a for five years while at East Carolina, and was often credited by Holtz for playing an integral role in the turnaround of a Pirate program that had won just three games in 25 outings prior to 2005 and went on to claim back-to-back Conference USA titles in 2008 and '09.
"I am very pleased that Mike has agreed to join the USF team," Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Woolard said. "He is a very experienced and accomplished coach, who will serve all of our women's and men's teams well. Mike's leadership, talent and passion for developing student-athletes will be great assets to our program and we are fortunate he is on board."
Prior to taking Head strength coach at ECU, Golden spent three years on the South Carolina staff beginning in March of 2002 as assistant strength coach, and in 2004, he designed and implemented South Carolina football's summer strength, speed and conditioning program.
In March of 1998, Golden accepted a position as head football strength and conditioning coach under Holtz at the University of Connecticut, where he designed, implemented and supervised all weight training, agility and conditioning sessions. He also coordinated all strength and speed testing, and the Huskies' sideline management operation, playing a key role in UConn's first 10-win football campaign and an NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearance in the fall of 1998. Prior to that Golden spent 20 months working with the strength and athletic programs at Bloomfield (Conn.) High School.