Al Golden

College Football Coach
Born Jul 4, 1969

Alfred James Golden is the head football coach at the University of Miami, a position he has held since December 2010. Prior to joining the University of Miami, he served for five years as defensive coordinator at Virginia and five years as the head coach at Temple. He is also a former tight end for the New England Patriots of the NFL.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Al Golden.


1969 Birth Born on July 4, 1969.


1990 21 Years Old As a junior in 1990, Golden played a key role in Penn State's nationally-televised 24–21 upset of #1-ranked Notre Dame at South Bend. … Read More
1992 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Golden was named captain of the Nittany Lions his senior year and helped lead them to a 42–17 win over University of Tennessee in the 1992 Fiesta Bowl, an 11–2 record, and a #3 ranking in the final 1991 AP Poll.
1993 24 Years Old Golden began his coaching career in 1993 as offensive coordinator at Red Bank Catholic High School in Red Bank, New Jersey.
1994 25 Years Old He then served as a graduate assistant under George Welsh at University of Virginia from 1994 to 1996, where he worked primarily with the linebackers and special teams.
1997 28 Years Old 1 More Event
He helped develop All-ACC linebackers James Farrior and Jamie Sharper, both of whom were chosen in the 1997 NFL Draft.


2001 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Named defensive coordinator by Virginia head coach Al Groh in 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.
2004 - 2005 2 More Events
2006 37 Years Old In Golden's first three years at the helm, Temple recorded 1–11 in 2006, 4–8 in 2007 and then 5–7 mark in 2008. … Read More
2007 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Golden was interviewed for the vacant head coach position at UCLA in December 2007.


2009 40 Years Old Following the 2009 season, he was also a candidate for the head coaching position at the University of Cincinnati vacated by Brian Kelly, who departed for Notre Dame. … Read More
In May 2010, Golden signed a contract extension with Temple through 2014.
2011 42 Years Old However, due to NCAA rules, Golden did not coach the football team in Miami's bowl game against Notre Dame but instead focused on recruiting players for 2011. … Read More
2013 44 Years Old …  Golden's team was invited to the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl, which the Canes lost 36-9 at the hands of future ACC foe Louisville. … Read More
2015 46 Years Old …  He was fired from Miami on October 25, 2015.
2016 47 Years Old He was hired by the Detroit Lions on February 1, 2016 as a tight ends coach. … Read More
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