Ole Miss officially announces Pete Golding as new DC, Lane Kiffin offers comments

Defensive coordinator Pete Golding (Photo: Stuart McNair, 247Sports)

Pete Goldingformer defensive coordinator at Alabama, has been employed in the identical capability at Ole Miss, Rebel head coach Lane Kiffin introduced Saturday.

In his 5 seasons main the Crimson Tide protection, Alabama ranked top-20 within the FBS in scoring protection yearly and completed top-10 in both scoring or complete protection 4 instances.

“We are excited so as to add a championship caliber coach like Pete Golding to our employees,” Kiffin mentioned. “At a number of stops in his profession, Coach Golding has directed a few of faculty soccer’s prime defenses. He can also be an excellent recruiter and understands the extent of expertise essential to compete on the highest stage.

“I believe this continues to point out our dedication to taking Ole Miss Football to the subsequent stage.”

The 2022 Alabama protection once more proved to be the most effective within the nation, rating ninth in scoring protection (18.2) and thirteenth in complete protection (318.2 ypg). The Crimson Tide allowed simply 4.6 yards per play final season, which led the SEC and ranked No. 4 nationally.

Two-time Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner Will Anderson Jr., anchored Golding’s protection the final a number of seasons. Anderson turned the primary Alabama participant ever to earn unanimous All-America honors after main the SEC and ending No. 11 within the nation in sacks (10.0).

Alabama ranked fourth in dashing protection (86.0 ypg) and seventh in complete protection (304.1 ypg) in 2021, whereas permitting simply 20.1 factors per recreation and holding opponents for a 31.1 p.c conversion price on third down, which was seventh nationally. Middle linebacker Henry To’oTo’o led the crew with 112 tackles, whereas Anderson set the NCAA file (since 2000) for tackles for loss in a season with 34.5.

Golding’s 2020 protection led the SEC in scoring (19.0 ppg) and obtained higher as the season progressed, permitting simply 15 factors per recreation over the ultimate 9 contests en path to the nationwide championship. The Tide ranked third within the league in complete protection and dashing protection whereas the move effectivity protection additionally led the league and ranked 18th nationally.

Golding’s unit was devastated by accidents in 2019 and compelled the employees into beginning two true freshmen on the mike and can positions within the Tide’s base 3-4 scheme. Alabama nonetheless managed a top-20 protection, limiting opponents to only 324.4 yards and 18.6 factors per recreation.

Alabama’s protection completed the 2018 season ranked third nationally in scoring (18.1 ppg) and sixteenth in complete protection (319.5 ypg). The dashing protection was nineteenth nationally (121.3 ypg) whereas the move effectivity protection ranked twenty third. Alabama additionally ranked tenth nationally in sacks per recreation at 3.0.

Prior to Alabama, Golding coached defensive backs and dealt with defensive coordinator duties on the University of Texas-San Antonio in 2016 and 2017. Golding’s 2017 protection at UTSA ranked seventh within the Football Bowl Subdivision, permitting simply 287.8 yards per recreation. The Roadrunners completed eighth in scoring protection (17.0 ppg), second in first downs protection (166) and nineteenth in move effectivity protection (112.19).

In his first season with the Roadrunners in 2016, Golding helped lead this system to 6 wins and its first bowl recreation – the 2016 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. His protection set a number of college information, together with single-season requirements for tackles (934), TFLs (77), sacks (27) and QB hurries (38).

Golding joined the UTSA employees after spending two years as an assistant at Southern Miss the place he coached the safeties. The Golden Eagles posted a six-win enchancment in his second season, ending 9-5 total with a visit to the Heart of Dallas Bowl whereas successful the Western Division of Conference USA.

Prior to his time in Hattiesburg, Golding was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Southeastern Louisiana for 2 seasons (2012-13). He helped information the Lions’ program to a school-record 11 wins and its first convention title (Southern) since 1961 with a 7-0 league file.

Before heading to Hammond, Golding was the defensive coordinator at his alma mater Delta State from 2010-11, main the Statesman to the 2010 NCAA Division II National Championship Game and the Gulf South Conference title.

He additionally spent three years on employees at Division II Tusculum, teaching the defensive backs whereas coordinating the protection the ultimate two years as the Pioneers developed right into a record-setting defensive unit below his course.

Golding started his teaching profession as a graduate assistant at Delta State in 2006 after beginning 4 seasons at security for the Statesmen (2002-05).


GOLDING COACHING CAREER
2006: Delta State (GA)
2007-09: Tusculum (DC/DB)
2010-11: Delta State (Assistant OL/TE)
2012-13: Southeastern Louisiana (DC)
2014-15: Southern Miss (DB)
2016-17: UTSA (DC/CB)
2018-22: Alabama (DC/ILB)
2023-Present: Ole Miss (DC)

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