FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said last week his new linebackers coach would probably “amaze a lot of people.”
It’s safe to say former Miami head coach Randy Shannon fits that description.
Arkansas announced Sunday night that Shannon was leaving his position as Texas Christian’s linebackers coach to join the Razorbacks’ staff.
Shannon brings plenty of championship experience to Arkansas, winning three national titles as both a player and assistant coach with the Hurricanes.
“Randy Shannon is a great coach and a great person,” Bielema said in a news release Sunday night. “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.”
Shannon is the seventh assistant to join Arkansas’ staff and third on defense. He joins defensive coordinator Chris Ash and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge on that side of the ball. Both coaches followed Bielema from Wisconsin.
Shannon, who was a four-year letterman at Miami and starter at linebacker for the program’s 1987 national championship team, has spent all but one season of his coaching career in South Florida. He worked as an assistant with the Hurricanes from 1992-97 and the Miami Dolphins from 1998-2000.
Shannon returned to Miami as defensive coordinator in 2001 and held that title until 2007, when he was promoted to head coach. Miami went 28-22 in four seasons with the Hurricanes.
“I think a lot of people know Randy got a lot of great things done at Miami and most recently with TCU,” Bielema said. “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.”