Now in his third year at Boston College, Al Golden is rapidly establishing a reputation as a vibrant and intense young coach and an excellent recruiter.
Golden joined the Eagle coaching staff from the University of Virginia, where he was a graduate assistant coach for the Cavaliers for three seasons. Virginia was invited to play in post-season bowl games in each of those years.
During his stint with the Cavaliers, Golden worked primarily with the linebackers and the kickoff and punting teams. He helped develop linebackers James Farrior and Jamie Sharper, who were both selected in the 1997 NFL draft. Farrior was chosen in the first round (#8) by the New York Jets and Sharper was a second-round selection (#34) of the Baltimore Ravens. Golden also served as camp director of the Virginia Passing Clinic and Lineman School during the summer of 1996.
Golden is a 1991 graduate of Penn State, where he was a two-year starter at tight end. As a junior in 1990, he played a key role in Penn Stateis nationally televised 24-21 upset of top-ranked Notre Dame at South Bend. His touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter tied the score at 21-21 as Penn State rallied from a 21-7 deficit. He played in four bowl games during his career and served as the Nittany Lionsi captain as a senior. He also won the 1991 Ridge Riley Award, given annually to a Penn State player who displays excellence in scholarship, sportsmanship, friendship, and leadership.
Following graduation, he spent one season with the New England Patriots. Golden received a Masteris Degree in sport psychology from the University of Virginia in 1997.
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Came to BC from: University of Virginia