Alex Golesh He may be young, but top-tier coaching is not new to the fast-rising play caller.
On Sunday, USF named the 38-year-old its head coach. And on Tuesday, he was crowned the 247 Sports Offensive Coordinator of the Year.
Golesh led Tennessee to record-breaking heights during his two seasons as its offensive coordinator. As a result, he quickly became one of the most sought-after and well-respected coaches in college football. His offenses light up scoreboards and draw standing-room only crowds at coaching conventions, his peers hungry to learn the secrets to his schemes.
Golesh — alongside head coach Josh Heupel — transformed the Vols into the nation’s most explosive offense in less than two seasons. The Vols led the sport in scoring (47.1 points per game), yards (538.1), points per possession (3.24) and yards per play (7.4) this season. Tennessee was even named the No. 1 team in the country before falling one win short of reaching the playoff.
Golesh’s offenses have finished in the top 10 in scoring and total offense in each season as a play caller. Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker He became a phenom under his guidance, breaking school records for completion percentage and passing efficiency. This sustained success has made G.IOlesh is one of five finalists for this year’s Broyles Award, which is given to the nation’s top assistant coach.
“We just landed the top-rated freakin’ coordinator in the country,” USF athletics director Michael Kelly said this week after hiring Golesh. So let’s get real. Let’s be celebrating this success of this guy and look at someone who’s real, wants to be here, he’s passionate, he’s going to treat the kids right and he’s fired up. So let’s get behind, and let’s go win some championships.”
Golesh first captured the attention of colleagues for his work with Iowa State’s tight ends, particularly his tutelage of Charlie Kolar. His tight ends earned all-conference awards in three straight years. This prompted Heupel to hire him to coordinate UCF’s offense in 2020. They then left Orlando together to man the turnaround at Tennessee.
“Coach Golesh has made a remarkable impact on our offense in the three years we have worked together, none more so than the job he did this season with our program. His work ethic, attention to detail and his aggressive offensive philosophy helped guide us to a record-setting season,” Heupel said. “When you combine that with his character and his ability to connect with players, it makes him a no-brainer for this honor. We are happy for him being recognized for this award, and we know he is going to do an outstanding job as head coach at USF.”
With Golesh being named USF’s head coach Sunday, seven of 247 Sports’ nine winners have become head coaches since 2013. Last year’s winner, Zach Kittleymoved up from Western Kentucky to Texas Tech to call plays.
247 Sports Offensive Coordinator of the Year:
2022: Alex GoleshTennessee
2021: Zach KittleyWestern Kentucky
2020: Steve SarkisianAlabama
2019: Joe BradyLSU
2018: Mike LocksleyAlabama
2017: Josh HeupelMissouri
2016: Joe MoorheadPenn State
2015: Lincoln RileyOklahoma
2014: Tom HermanOhio State
2013: Mike BoboGeorgia