As was rumored would happen the past few days, Alabama did pull the trigger on completing its defensive staff. Last night, Nick Saban wrangled away UT-San Antonio’s excellent young defensive coordinator, Pete Golding, from the Roadrunners.
The UA press release indicates that Golding was hired as a “defensive assistant.” But, his role his not yet determined, and Golding will not join the staff until January:
Golding comes to the Crimson Tide after coaching defensive backs and handling the defensive coordinator duties at the University of Texas-San Antonio the past two seasons.
"We are pleased to have Pete and his family join our staff at Alabama," Saban said. "Pete is an exciting young coach, who has an outstanding reputation as both a teacher and recruiter. He will be a great fit in our organization with his knowledge of the game and his ability to relate to student-athletes. We are thrilled to welcome Pete and his family to Alabama."
Gridiron Now is reporting (assuming?) Golding will take that same position with the Tide. Just spitballing here, but you can see he and Lupoi, two young gifted defensive minds, sharing developmental responsibilities of learning in this system, with Golding leading the game-planning.
Later this weekend, I will have a Q&A on all things Pete Golding with Underdog Dynasty’s Jared Kalmus; he is the beat reporter for the Roadrunners. That should shed some light on the hire, but for now, know that Alabama got a good one.