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Al Golden was born July 4, 196 and is a football coach, former NFL player, and the current head coach of the Temple Owls football team, having held that position since 2005. He previously served for 5 years as defensive coordinator at the University of Virginia.
Golden began his coaching career in 1993 as offensive coordinator at Red Bank Catholic High School in Red Bank, New Jersey. 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. He helped develop All-ACC linebackers James Farrior and Jamie Sharper, both of whom were chosen in the 1997 NFL draft. He then coached linebackers at Boston College from 1997 to 1999 under Tom O'Brien. While at Boston College, Golden coached All-Big East and linebackers Frank Chamberlin and 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.
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. 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 University in December 2005, as the second-youngest head coach in NCAA football at that time, behind Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald. Temple had a record of 3-31 during the three years before Golden was hired. As Head Coach of the Temple Owls, Golden currently has a 10-26 record.
Golden was interviewed for the vacant head coach position at UCLA in December 2007. However, he withdrew his name from consideration on December 26th, 2007, choosing to stay with the up and coming Temple program.
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