South Florida announced on Sunday the hiring of Tennessee OC Alex Golesh as the Bulls’ new head football coach. Golesh has been with the Vols for the last two years and has been the architect of the nation’s top offense in terms of points and yardage.
“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Golesh as the new leader of our program,” AD Michael Kelly said. “He is a dynamic coach and recruiter who is relentless in pursuit of excellence, as evidenced by his outstanding track record of elevating numerous programs. He also happens to be one of the most creative and successful offensive minds in college football. Alex has worked his way up through the college ranks, been a key part of successful program-building at numerous stops and has developed perhaps the most fearsome offensive attack in college football today. We are very excited that he and his wife, Alexis, and their children, Corbin and Barrett, are joining our Bulls family and he will lead us into an exciting future of USF football.”
This is the second trip to the Sunshine State for Golesh, who served as OC at UCF in 2020 before following Josh Heupel to Knoxville the following season. He has worked with a number of other FBS programs, including stints at Iowa State (2016-19), Illinois (2012-15), Toledo (2009-11), Oklahoma State (2008), Northern Illinois (2006-07) and Ohio State (2004-05).
“I am thankful to Chairman Weatherford, President Law and Michael Kelly for their support and belief in me to bring the USF program back to the top of college football,” Golesh said. “I’m excited to be back in the state of Florida and work with the great high school coaches in this state. This program will have an identity both offensively and defensively, and with special teams. We will be the most aggressive team in the country, both on the field and on the recruiting trail. I am humbled by the opportunity, and I appreciate the commitment from this University and Bulls Nation to hiring the best staff in the country. My family and I can’t wait to get going.”
South Florida moved on from previous head coach Jeff Scott mid-season after a 1-8 start (4-26 over 2+ seasons under Scott). The Bulls last played in a bowl in 2018 and last won one the year prior, both of which came under head coach Charlie Strong.
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