Arkansas hires former Miami head man Randy Shannon as linebackers coach

Former Miami Hurricanes head coach Randy Shannon has been hired as the linebackers coach for Bret Bielema’s Arkansas program. (Jonathan Brownfield-USA TODAY Sports)

Randy Shannon won three total national titles as a player and assistant coach, and in 2013 he will be working with Bret Bielema to try to win yet another, with the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Bielema, after shocking the nation in leaving Wisconsin, where he had gone to the Rose Bowl in three consecutive seasons, for Fayetteville, has hired Shannon as his new linebackers coach.

“Randy Shannon is a great coach and a great person,” said Bielema. “He has been a part of multiple national championship teams and, more importantly, he changed the lives of numerous young men. He has spent nearly his entire coaching career at Miami, and his defenses consistently ranked inside the top 10 nationally. I think a lot of people know Randy got a lot of great things done at Miami and most recently with TCU. He is a disciplinarian who has high standards, and he is skillful at relating to his players. He is a coach players turn to for guidance, and his players have always been prepared and played with intensity and desire.”

Shannon spent last season at the same position with TCU, following a four-year stint as the head coach at his alma mater, Miami. He led the Hurricanes to a 28-22 record from 2007-2010 after working as Miami’s defensive coordinator from 2001-2006.

As a student-athlete, Shannon lettered with Miami from 1985-88, playing in two and working as an assistant coach for another national title team for the Hurricanes. provides Randy Shannon’s Coaching History:
Dec. 2012     Arkansas (Linebackers)
2012           TCU (Linebackers)
2007-10      University of Miami (head coach)
2001-06      University of Miami (defensive coordinator)
2000           Miami Dolphins (linebackers)
1998-99      Miami Dolphins (defensive assistant)
1993-97      University of Miami (linebackers)
1992           University of Miami (defensive line)
1991           University of Miami (graduate assistant)

Home Town: Miami, Fla.
Birthdate: Feb. 24, 1966

Bowl Games: Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, 2012; Sun Bowl, 2010; Champs Sports Bowl, 2009; Emerald Bowl, 2008; MPC Computers Bowl, 2006; Peach Bowl, 2005; Peach Bowl, 2004; Orange Bowl 2004; Fiesta Bowl 2003; Rose Bowl 2002; Carquest Bowl, 1996; Orange Bowl, 1995; Fiesta Bowl, 1994; Sugar Bowl, 1993; Orange Bowl, 1992

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