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Shannon named co-DC, linebackers coach

Florida State coach Mike Norvell moved quickly to replace Chris Marve as linebackers coach, promoting from within a respected coaching veteran.

Senior defensive analyst Randy Shannon has been officially elevated to linebackers coach / co-defensive coordinator. Shannon was often seen on the sidelines and in practices taking notes, and his experience in evaluating was valuable to Norvell as well as the defensive staff.

“I’m excited to have Coach Shannon taking on this new role on our coaching staff,” Norvell said in a statement. “His insight, passion and integrity have been on display since he arrived at Florida State last spring, and his experience as a head coach brings valued perspective. Our current and future student-athletes will develop on and off the field through his football knowledge, teaching ability and focus on individual personal growth. Coach Shannon’s relationships and excellent reputation within the state of Florida, and especially South Florida, will continue to help our program climb back toward the top of college football.”

Shannon has 30 years of coaching experience, nearly all of it at the college level and the majority of that with Miami, Florida or UCF. He has been a linebackers coach, defensive coordinator and head coach (at Miami from 2007-10).

His experience as a recruiter in South Florida as well as around the state helped Norvell and the staff open up conversations with coaches in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Even if Shannon was not able to leave campus to recruit, his extensive contact list was able to make connections to Norvell and the coaching staff. Shannon was also a popular face in May when Norvell and coaches did youth camps around the state.

A week ago, Shannon was approved for an exemption to recruit alongside on-field assistants as Marve was weighing his coaching options. Marve was formally introduced as Virginia Tech’s defensive coordinator on Tuesday.

Shannon, who was a senior defensive analyst on FSU’s staff this past season, has 30 years of coaching experience and has directly coached nine first-team All-Americans, 78 all-conference performers and 74 NFL Draft picks, including 21 first-round selections. He was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at UCF from 2018-20 and also has served as head coach at the University of Miami and defensive coordinator at Miami and Florida, as well as linebackers coach at Arkansas, TCU and the Miami Dolphins.

As head coach, he led the Hurricanes to 28 wins and three bowl appearances while also ranking in the top 10 nationally in Academic Progress Rate each season. His 2009 team won nine games and had nine all-conference performers after the 2008 team produced the ACC’s Defensive Rookie of the Year and four Freshman All-Americans. He guided the Hurricanes to appearances in the Sun Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl and Emerald Bowl in his final three seasons as head coach.

In five of his six seasons as defensive coordinator, Miami ranked in the top-10 nationally in total defense, including the 2001 national championship team that led the NCAA in scoring defense, turnover margin and passing efficiency defense. The 2001 squad allowed only 12 touchdowns while scoring seven defensive touchdowns. His defenses produced 25 players drafted from 2002-07, including 12 first-round picks. In 2005, his defense led the country in pass defense and pass efficiency defense while also ranking fourth nationally in total defense and scoring defense. Shannon also coordinated the nation’s best passing defense in 2002 and 2003, with the 2003 defense ranking second nationally in total defense and fourth in scoring defense.

The 2001 Broyles Award winner as the best assistant coach in the country, Shannon was a four-year letterman at linebacker for the University of Miami and a starter on the 1987 national championship team. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1989 and became the first rookie to start at outside linebacker for Dallas since 1963. Shannon earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Miami in 1989.

Randy Shannon Coaching History
2022-  Florida State co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
2021   Florida State Senior Analyst (Defense)
2018-20        UCF Defensive Coordinator
2017   Florida Defensive Coordinator*
2015-16        Florida Assistant Head Coach/co-Defensive Coordinator
2013-14        Arkansas Linebackers Coach
2012   TCU Linebackers Coach
2007-10        University of Miami Head Coach
2001-06        University of Miami Defensive Coordinator
2000   Miami Dolphins Linebackers Coach
1998-99        Miami Dolphins Assistant Coach
1993-97        University of Miami Linebackers Coach
1992   University of Miami Defensive Line Coach
1991   University of Miami Graduate Assistant
*-Served as Florida’s interim head coach for four games in 2017

Portions of this story include background from FSU sports information