- Al Golden (American football)
College coach infobox
Name = Al Golden
| Caption =
DateOfBirth = Birth date and age|1969|7|4|mf=y
Birthplace = Colts Neck, NJ
Sport = Football
College = Temple
CurrentRecord = 1-2
OverallRecord = 6–19
CFbDWID = 4159
Player = Y
Years = 1987-1991
Team = Penn State
Coach = Y
CoachYears = 2001-2005
CoachTeams = Virginia (DC)
Alfred James Golden (born
July 4, 1969) is an American footballcoach, former NFLplayer, and the current head coachof the Temple Owls footballteam, having held that position since 2005. He previously served for 5 years as defensive coordinatorat the University of Virginia.
Golden began his coaching career in 1993 as
offensive coordinatorat Red Bank Catholic High Schoolin Red Bank, New Jersey. He then served as a graduate assistant under George Welsh at University of Virginiafrom 1994 to 1996, where he worked primarily with the linebackers and special teams. He helped develop All-ACC linebackers James Farriorand Jamie Sharper, both of whom were chosen in the 1997 NFL draft. He then coached linebackers at Boston Collegefrom 1997 to 1999 under Tom O'Brien. While at Boston College, Golden coached All-Big East and linebackers Frank Chamberlinand Erik Storz. The Eagles finished the 1999 regular season with an 8-3 record and a top-25 national ranking, while making their first postseason bowl appearance since 1994.
defensive coordinatorby Virginia head coach Al Grohin 2001, Golden became the youngest defensive coordinator in Division I-A. He had spent the previous season at his alma mater, Penn State University, serving as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator under Joe Paterno. From 2001 to 2004, the Cavaliers’ defense improved under his tutelage, ranking 108th in total defense in his first year to ranking 18th in total defense in 2004. In the same time period, Virginia’s scoring defense went from 74th in the nation (27.6 ppg) to 17th (17.7 ppg) utilizing Golden’s 3-4 scheme.
Golden was named head football coach at
Temple Universityin December 2005, as the second-youngest head coach in NCAA football at that time, behind Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald. As Head Coach of the Temple Owls, Golden currently has a 6-20 record.
Golden was interviewed for the vacant head coach position at
UCLAin December 2007.Chris Foster, [http://www.latimes.com/sports/college/football/la-sp-uclarep20dec20,1,1820342.story UCLA meets with Golden] , "Los Angeles Times", December 20, 2007.] However, he withdrew his name from consideration on December 26th, 2007, choosing to stay with the up and coming Temple program.
CFB Yearly Record Subhead
name = Temple Owls
startyear = 2006
conf = Division FBS Independent
endyear = singleCFB Yearly Record Entry
year = 2006
name = Temple
overall = 1–11
ranking = —
ranking2 = —CFB Yearly Record Subhead
name = Temple Owls
startyear = 2007
endyear = CFB Yearly Record Entry
year = 2007
name = Temple
overall = 4–8
conference = 4–4
confstanding = T-4th (East)
ranking = —
ranking2 = —CFB Yearly Record Entry
year = 2008
name = Temple
overall = 1-2
conference = 0-1
ranking = —
ranking2 = —CFB Yearly Record Subtotal
confrecord=4–4CFB Yearly Record End
overall = 6–19
bcs = no
poll = two
Golden was a three-year (1989-91) letterwinner at
tight endfor Penn State, where he received the 1991 Ridge Riley Award, given annually to a player who displays excellence in scholarship, sportsmanship, friendship and leadership. As a junior in 1990, Golden played a key role in Penn State's nationally-televised 24-21 upset of No. 1-ranked Notre Dame at South Bend. His touchdownreception late in the fourth quarter tied the score at 21 as Penn State rallied from a 21-7 deficit. Golden was named captain of the Nittany Lions his senior year and helped lead them to a 42-17 win over University of Tennesseein the 1992 Fiesta Bowl, an 11-2 record, and a #3 ranking in the final 1991 AP Poll.
He spent one season in the NFL with the
New England Patriots.
Golden earned his undergraduate degree in pre-law from
Pennsylvania State Universityin 1991 before receiving his master’s in sports psychologyfrom the University of Virginiain December, 1996. A 2004 inductee of the Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame, he is married to Kelly Elizabeth Hanna of Lock Haven, Pennsylvaniaand has a son, A.J., and a daughter, Addison.
* [http://www.temple.edu/temple_times/announcements/0512golden.html Golden named Temple head football coach] "Temple Times",
December 8, 2005
* [http://owlsports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/golden_al00.html Al Golden biography] , Temple University Athletic Department
* [http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2652707 "Temple tackles its losing ways"] , ESPN.com,
November 8, 2006
* [http://www.mcall.com/sports/college/all-psu.6131206nov09,0,3166420.story?coll=all-newslocalallentown-hed "A touch of Happy Valley in Philly"] , "
The Morning Call", November 9, 2007
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