Don’t let the backward visor Pete Golding is sporting in his Twitter profile picture fool you.
Having just turned 34 last month, Alabama’s new inside linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator has a youthful look about him. But as his former coach and boss Ron Roberts will tell you, Golding is as good a technician of the game as he’s come across.
“I think he is as good as anyone in the country,” Roberts said of his former safety. “He is a football junkie.”
Roberts hired Golding as Delta State’s defensive coordinator just five years removed from his playing days at the Division II school. Golding was 25 but already had two years of experience as a DC at Tusculum College.
Even then, his confidence, knowledge of the game and his ability to relate to players and get them to perform at their best stood out to Roberts. When Roberts left Delta State for FCS member Southeastern Louisiana, he again hired Golding as his defensive coordinator.
“Ten years ago, I thought he had what it took to be and do whatever he wanted in this profession,” Roberts said. “It was just a matter of time and opportunity.”
Last season, his second as the DC at UT San Antonio, Golding’s unit was seventh in the nation in total defense and eighth in scoring defense. Having enjoyed success at the Division II, FCS and FBS levels, Golding now has an opportunity to show that he can have a similar impact at the Power Five level – in the SEC, working for one of the best defensive minds in the game in Nick Saban.
If his track record and reputation as a teacher and recruiter are any indication, Pete Golding should thrive in Tuscaloosa.
“He will do great,” Roberts said. “He will do what he needs to do to succeed.
“I think he is one of the brightest defensive minds in college football.”
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