The Roadrunners' future identity on defense became a little bit more clear today as new head coach Frank Wilson made three strong hires to build his defense.
Pete Golding will be joining Wilson's staff as defensive coordinator-- a quick rise to an FBS coordinator position for the Hammond, Louisiana native. After graduating from Delta State in 2005, Golding's defense set school records at Tusculum College where he served as defensive coordinator. Golding would return to his alma mater to turn in two highly successful seasons at Delta State before making the jump from DII to FCS as Southeastern Louisiana's defensive coordinator.
Golding's two seasons at Southeastern Louisiana were extremely successful as the Lions would reach their first conference title since 1961 under Golding's watch. After helping to lead Southeastern Louisiana to an 11-3 record in 2013, Golding would leave to Southern Miss where he coached the safeties for two seasons.
Golding utilized many odd-man fronts on defense in his time as defensive coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana so it will be interesting to see what direction Golding leads the defense into this season as the Roadrunners are lacking in depth and experience along both the defensive line as well as among the linebacker unit.
Joining Wilson and Golding will be Western Kentucky cornerbacks coach Ricky Brumfield. A rare lateral hire from a conference rival, Brumfield is a great example of how coaches will be fired up to work for Frank Wilson. Brumfield has done a great job coaching up talented cornerbacks at Western Kentucky such as Wondeful Terry and Cam Thomas.
Brumfield also shares a Louisiana heritage. A New Orleans native, Brumfield has also coached at Nicholls State. The Utah State alum has coached special teams throughout each stop in his coaching career so he'll likely inherit the same duties at UTSA.
Lastly, Oklahoma State defensive quality control coach Eric Henderson will be joining the staff as defensive line coach.
A three-time All-ACC defensive end at Georgia Tech and former Cincinnati Bengal, Henderson has garnered a strong reputation in the coaching industry after serving two years as a graduate assistant and one season as a quality control coach for Glenn Spencer at Oklahoma State.
As you might have guessed, Henderson also has strong Louisiana ties. As a New Orleans native, Henderson has made a strong impact on the recruiting trail at Oklahoma State despite being limited in contact with recruits due to his status as a part-time coach.
Rumor has it that Wilson has his staff selected and will seek to finalize the hires over the next day so keep your browser set to Underdog Dynasty for any further news.