Golden named Temple head football coach
Al Golden, who spent the past five seasons as defensive coordinator at the University of Virginia, was named Temple’s 24th head football coach in a press conference Dec. 6.
The Colts Neck, N.J., native has 12 postseason bowl games on his résumé, including four as a player at Penn State. The 36-year-old Golden becomes the second-youngest head coach in Division I-A football.
“We are excited that Al Golden will lead our football program,” President David Adamany said.
“He was a successful student-athlete in his own right and already is an accomplished coach and mentor to young men. Mr. Golden brings to Temple a record of athletic and academic success that will contribute to our students’ achievements on and off the football field.”
“With Al Golden we now have the final piece in place for the rebuilding of the Temple football program,” Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw said. “We are looking forward to providing our alums and Philadelphia college football fans a bright and promising future — The Golden Era of Temple Football.”
Golden was named the youngest defensive coordinator in Division I-A by Virginia head coach Al Groh in January 2001 after spending the previous season at his alma mater, serving as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator under Joe Paterno.
A 2004 inductee of the Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame, Golden earned his undergraduate degree in pre-law from Penn State in 1991 before receiving his master’s in sports psychology from Virginia in December 1996. Golden was a three-year (1989–91) letterwinner and two-year starter at tight end for Penn State. After his tenure as a player in State College, Golden spent one season in the NFL with the New England Patriots.
Golden began his coaching career in 1993 as offensive coordinator at Red Bank (N.J.) High School. He then served as a graduate assistant under George Welsh at Virginia from 1994 to 1996, where he worked primarily with the linebackers and the kickoff and punting teams.
Golden then coached linebackers at Boston College from 1997 to 1999 under Tom O’Brien.
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