A face familiar to Miami Hurricanes fans will be in charge of the Florida Gators’ defense this coming season.
Randy Shannon, who was the Hurricanes’ head coach from 2007-2010, was named the the Gators’ defensive coordinator on Friday by coach Jim McElwain. Shannon coached Florida’s linebackers and served as the team’s associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator during the past two seasons. Shannon replaces Geoff Collins, who is Temple’s new head coach.
“I appreciate the opportunity Coach Mac has given me to be the defensive coordinator at the University of Florida,” Shannon, who was 28-22 in four seasons as UM’s head coach, said in a release. “We will continue to work together as we have the past two years to put together a plan so our players are in a position to be successful in football and in life.”
Shannon, 50, was the interim coordinator for the Gators during their 30-3 Outback Bowl victory over Iowa on January 2. Florida currently has the No. 5 defense in the nation, having given up an average of 293 yards per game.
Shannon could help the Gators recruiting in South Florida. Florida currently has six 2017 commits from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
“Coach Shannon has been a big part of our success over the last two years,” McElwain said in a release. “It’s been really cool to watch him handle his business. He really connects with our players and they have a lot of respect for him. More than being a great coach, he is a great mentor and teacher to these young men and that is one of our greatest measuring sticks as coaches.”
Shannon has deep roots in Miami. Before being named the team’s head coach before the 2007 season, he was a starting linebacker on the 1987 national championship team. After working as a graduate assistant in 1991, working as a positional coach from 1992-1997 and working as a Miami Dolphins assistant from 1998-2000, former coach Larry Coker hired him as the Hurricanes’ defensive coordinator.
While in charge of the Hurricanes’ defense, Shannon won the Broyles Award in 2001 as the best assistant coach in the nation. Miami won the BCS National Championship that season.