Shannon Named Linebackers Coach
July 26, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU head football coach Gary Patterson has announced the hiring of Randy Shannon as linebackers coach.
Shannon, who served four years (2007-10) as head coach at the University of Miami (Fla.), worked as an ESPN analyst last season.
Prior to posting a 28-22 record and three bowl appearances as the Hurricanes' head coach, Shannon was Miami's defensive coordinator for six seasons (2001-06). In five of those years, the Hurricanes ranked in the top seven nationally in defense. Shannon's units twice placed in the top 10 in turnover margin, including topping the country in 2001 with 45 takeaways (nine more than the next-closest school).
Shannon was named the recipient of the 2001 Frank Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach. He was the Rivals.com Defensive Coordinator of the Year in 2005.
During his time as a player and assistant coach at Miami, Shannon took part in three national championships (1987, 1991, 2001) with the Hurricanes.
Miami won the 2001 national title in Shannon's first season as defensive coordinator. The Hurricanes led the nation in scoring defense (9.4 points per game), turnover margin (2.4) and pass efficiency defense (75.6 rating) while ranking second in pass defense (138.2 yards per game) and sixth in total defense (270.9 yards per game).
The 2001 Hurricanes allowed just 12 touchdowns (seven rushing, five passing) while scoring seven of their own. Miami's nation's-best 45 takeaways included 27 interceptions.
As a head coach and defensive coordinator, Shannon coached 14 defensive players who were selected in the first round of the NFL draft. In his six seasons as defensive coordinator, the Hurricanes had seven All-America selections. Counting his time as linebackers coach, he totaled 15 All-Americans.
As a player, Shannon was a member of five teams that went to bowl games, including one as a redshirt. He has coached in 12 bowl games.
Shannon was a four-year letterman at linebacker for the Hurricanes and a starter on the 1987 national championship team. He returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown in Miami's 31-4 victory over Florida. As a senior, he was the 1988 recipient of Miami's Christopher Plumer Award as the Most Inspirational Player.
Shannon is a 1988 graduate of Miami with a degree in liberal arts.
After being drafted by Dallas in 1989, Shannon became the first rookie to start at outside linebacker for the Cowboys since 1963. He was also a standout on special teams. Shannon played two seasons for the Cowboys before entering the coaching profession.
In 1991, his first season as a graduate assistant with his alma mater, the Hurricanes won the fourth national championship in their history. The following year, Shannon became a full-time assistant coach working with the defensive line. He then served five seasons (1993-97) as Miami's linebackers coach.
Shannon moved across town and was a defensive assistant with the Miami Dolphins in 1998 and 1999, before assuming the role of linebackers coach in 2000. He returned to his alma mater in 2001 as defensive coordinator and was instrumental in the Hurricanes winning their fifth national championship.
A Miami native, Shannon was an all-state selection and honorable-mention All-American as a linebacker at Norland High School. He also lettered in basketball, averaging 19 points a game, while competing in the triple jump on the track and field team.