Miami tabs well-traveled Randy Melvin as defensive line coach

BY foxsports • February 11, 2015

Randy Melvin will be the University of Miami's new defensive line coach, the school announced Wednesday.

Melvin, who held the same position at Florida International University in 2014, has 30 years of coaching experience between the high school, collegiate and professional levels. He reunites with head coach Al Golden, who put him on Temple's staff in 2009.

"Randy Melvin brings tremendous energy, toughness and a wealth of experience to our football program," Golden said in a statement. "I have no doubt that his expertise and ability to connect and mentor young people will allow our student-athletes to become the best they can be. With 32 years in the business, Randy knows what it takes to be successful at both the collegiate and professional levels. Perhaps his greatest attribute as a coach and mentor is his ability to consistently mold student-athletes into great men both on and off the field. His knowledge, commitment and passion for the game are unquestioned and I'm thrilled to have him back on staff."

Before joining the Panthers, Melvin spent two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2012-13. In 2011, he was in the Canadian Football League with the British Columbia Lions.

Also on his resume include stops with Eastern Illinois (1988-94), Wyoming (1995-96), Purdue (1997-99), the New England Patriots (2000-02), Rutgers (2002-04, 2010) and the Cleveland Browns (2005-08),

Melvin replaces Jethro Franklin, who took the defensive line job with the Oakland Raiders. On Monday, Miami hired Kevin Beard as the new wide receivers coach with Brennan Carroll departing for the Seattle Seahawks.

"Coaching at the University of Miami has always been a dream destination of mine," Melvin said in a statement. "I can't thank Coach Golden enough for this opportunity. The pieces are absolutely in place for the Hurricanes to have a memorable season in 2015, and I can't wait to get to work with our student-athletes."

Some players, including redshirt freshman Demetrius Jackson, had been campaigning for graduate assistant Kareem Brown's promotion. Brown played for the Hurricanes from 2002-05 before five years in the NFL with three teams. In 2012, he was a defensive-line assistant at FIU.

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