Former Miami head coach Randy Shannon will join Bret Bielema’s staff at Arkansas as the programs new linebackers coach. The school announced the move Sunday night.

Shannon spent the previous season coaching the linebackers at TCU, but his career has centered around the University of Miami, where he was a part of three national championship teams.

“Randy Shannon is a great coach and a great person,” said Bielema. “He has been a part of multiple national championship teams and, more importantly, he changed the lives of numerous young men. He has spent nearly his entire coaching career at Miami, and his defenses consistently ranked inside the top 10 nationally.”

The Miami native was a four-year linebacker for the Hurricanes where he was a starter on the 1987 team that won a national title. After a brief career in the NFL, he returned to the school as a graduate assistant under Dennis Erickson in 1991 where the team won its fourth national title.

Shannon spent a decade in the program, working his way up the coaching ladder and eventually becoming the defensive coordinator from 2001-2006. He was named head coach after Larry Coker was fired in 2006.

In four seasons, the 46-year-old Shannon was 28-22 including a 7-5 record in 2010.

After that season, Miami chose to fire Shannon and replace him with former Temple coach Al Golden.

He joined the TCU coaching staff in July of 2012 where he helped lead the Horned Frogs to the top ranked defense in the Big 12 Conference. 

 

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