HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss announced the addition of Pete Golding to the football coach staff as an assistant coach overseeing safeties.
Golding comes to Southern Miss after spending the last two seasons at Southeastern Louisiana. Golding replaces Andrew Thacker who took a similar position with the Atlanta Falcons.
In his final year with the Lions, Golding helped Southeastern Louisiana to an 11-3 overall record, 7-0 in Southland Conference play. The Lions set a school record for victories in a season and won the program's first conference title of any kind since 1961. SLU advanced to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs in its first-ever playoff appearance. Golding's defense led the Southland Conference in total and scoring defense.
The Hammond, La., native is considered one of the rising stars in the college football coaching profession. Golding served as defensive coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana after spending the previous two seasons in the same capacity at Delta State. Golding, a former All-Gulf South Conference performer at Delta State and brother of former Lion Josh Golding, also coaches the Lion secondary.
In his coaching career, Golding has tutored five All-Americans that began with Michael Eubanks (LB/2006) at Delta State. Golding also coached All-Americans Monterio James (CB/2006), Garrett Williams (SS/2010) and Dominique Davenport (CB/2011) before playing an instrumental role in the play of former Lion Robert Alford.
Alford, also a Hammond native, earned All-America honors in his final season under Golding's tutelage and was named the National FCS Defensive Player of the Year by College Sports Journal. Alford, who became the second player in Southeastern history to compete in the Senior Bowl, was drafted in the second round (No. 60 overall) by the NFL's Atlanta Falcons becoming the first Lion to be drafted since 1984.
Tyler Stoddard and Todd Washington also earned All-Conference honors under the guidance of Golding and the Lions' pass defense finished second overall in the Southland Conference.
Eighteen players at Delta State were named to the All-Gulf South Conference and All-South Region honors during his tenure at DSU, while seeing six former players at Tusculum receive All-South Atlantic Conference accolades.
Paced by Davenport, one of five first-team selections on the All-GSC squad, Golding's defensive unit in 2011 led the league in total defense and rushing defense. Davenport was joined on the All-GSC team by linemen Anthony Daniels and Mark Hoskins, linebacker Ixavier Triplett and defensive back Brett Butler.
In Golding's first year back at Delta State in 2010, the Statesmen advanced to the NCAA DII National Championship game and their third Gulf South Conference title in four years with an 11-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the GSC. DSU fell short of their goal of winning the title on a last-second game-winning field goal by Minnesota-Duluth, 20-17.
Delta State's "Green Shirts" defense played a fast-paced and frenetic style that led the Statesmen to 19 interceptions and 27 forced fumbles. Led by Garrett Williams, who recorded 130 tackles and tied the school record interceptions in a season with eight, DSU allowed 372.7 yards per game, but bristled during the postseason surrendering less than 250 yards per game in postseason.
Under Golding's guidance, Williams closed his senior season as a unanimous All-American selection after finishing with the third highest single season tackles total in DSU history.
Williams was one of three defensive standouts to receive postseason honors in 2010. Triplett was named second team All-GSC while becoming the first linebacker in GSC history to be named Defensive Freshman of the Year. Triplett finished the season with 100 tackles (the most by a DSU freshman) and 12 tackles for loss.
Prior to joining Roberts' staff, Golding served for two years as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach under Frankie DeBusk at Tusculum College, a member of the South Atlantic Conference. Prior to being named defensive coordinator in 2008, Golding served as defensive backs coach in 2007.
The Pioneers became an explosive and record-setting defensive unit under Golding's direction. In 2007, TC set a new school record for interceptions with 14 and in 2008 TC lead the SAC in sacks and turnovers forced en route to an appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs.
The former Hammond High product began his coaching career as a graduate assistant on former DSU head coach Rick Rhoades' staff in 2006. The Statesmen went 12-3 that season and advanced all the way to the NCAA Division II Semifinals before falling to eventual national champion Grand Valley State.
Golding was a four-year starter for the Statesmen from 2002-2005 at safety, racking up 285 career tackles to rank third in school history while recording nine career interceptions to finish fourth. In 2004, the free safety garnered All-Gulf South Conference honors after leading the team with 85 tackles with two interceptions and eight pass break-ups. As a senior in 2005, he tallied 81 tackles with five tackles-for-loss, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Golding graduated in 2005 from Delta State with a degree in business.
He and his wife, Carolyn, are the parents of son, Braxton.
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