Paul Randolph | Texas Tech University

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Team: Texas Tech University
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Defensive Line Coach


Veteran defensive line coach Paul Randolph enters his first season at Texas Tech as a charter member of Matt Wells' coaching staff. 

Randolph, who spent the past three seasons in a similar role at the University of Memphis, boasts over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience on the defensive side of the ball with stops at the likes of West Virginia, Alabama and Arizona State.
Randolph’s hire reunites him with new Tech defensive coordinator Keith Patterson as the duo previously worked together at Arizona State during the 2014-15 season. Patterson was the Sun Devils’ defensive coordinator those two seasons, while Randolph was the associate head coach and defensive line coach in 2014 and the Associate Athletics Director for Championship Life in 2015.
Randolph spent a total of four seasons at Arizona State, three as the associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator and then the final year in an off-the-field role. He moved from there to Memphis where the Tigers notched 26 wins and played in three bowls games during his tenure.

The Tigers turned into one of the country’s most opportunistic defenses during Randolph’s tenure as Memphis forced 81 turnovers during that span, which ranked fourth among teams nationally.  Memphis ranked among the nation’s elite defenses for takeaways in each of his first two seasons, finishing tied for fifth with 29 turnovers in 2016 and tied for third in 2017 with 31.
Since joining the Arizona State staff in 2012, Randolph has been part of three teams that have claimed a conference division title during that span as the Sun Devils won the 2013 Pac-12 South crown, while Memphis earned The American West Division title each of the last two seasons.
Arizona State posted a 28-12 overall record and 19-8 Pac-12 Conference mark during his three seasons as the associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator, all of which resulted in bowl trips. The Sun Devils boasted a pair of 10-win seasons over the 2013-14 campaigns, which featured a 14-4 record during Pac-12 play alone.
Randolph mentored five defensive linemen into All-Pac 12 honors during his tenure, namely Will Sutton, who was a 2012 consensus All-America selection and a two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year recipient. Sutton was Arizona State’s first consensus All-American since 2007 and became only the third defensive lineman in Pac-12 history to be named the Defensive Player of the Year in consecutive years since the league began awarding the accolade in 1980. Four of Randolph’s five All-Pac 12 performers were either drafted or signed NFL free agent contracts.
Over his three seasons, Arizona State featured one of the nation’s most disruptive defenses as the Sun Devils led the FBS in tackles for a loss (9.0 per game) and ranked second in sacks (4.0) in 2012. Arizona Stateranked in the top 20 for both categories in each of the next two seasons as well.
Arizona State marked Randolph’s fourth stop with then-Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham as he previously helped rebuild programs at Rice (2006), Tulsa (2007-10) and Pittsburgh (2011). Randolph oversaw linebackers at Rice before moving back to the defensive line in both stints at Tulsa and Pittsburgh.
His defensive line at Pittsburgh transformed into one of the nation’s elite units in only a season as the Panthers ranked third nationally with 3.31 sacks per game. Pittsburgh ended that season with an appearance in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
During his four seasons at Tulsa, Randolph, played an instrumental role in transforming the Golden Hurricanes into a perennial bowl team. Tulsa won 36 games during that time, including three bowl victories. Randolph helped mold a defense that led the country in interceptions and ranked third in forced turnovers during his final season in 2010.
In his lone season at Rice, meanwhile, Randolph was part of a staff that helped produce one of the most impressive turnarounds in recent college football history. The Owls closed the 2006 regular season with victories in six of their final seven games to earn their first bowl berth in 45 years.
Randolph made his way to Rice following three years as the defensive ends coach at Alabama (2003-05) where he helped the Crimson Tide boast one of the nation’s top defenses. Alabama led the country in scoring defense (10.7 points per game) during his final season, while also ranking second in total defense (255.1 yards per game), fifth in passing defense (160.8) yards per game and ninth in rushing defense (94.3 yards per game). Additionally, Randolph was recognized for his work on the recruiting trail as he was named one of the nation’s top-25 recruiters by Rivals.
Randolph began his coaching career as the linebackers coach at his alma mater, Tennessee-Martin, in 1998. He moved from there to positions at Valdosta State (1999), Illinois State (2000), Toledo (2001) and West Virginia (2002), the final three of which he oversaw special teams in addition to the defensive line.
Randolph was an all-conference linebacker at UT-Martin where he earned his degree in electrical engineering technology in 1990. He went to play eight seasons in the Canadian Football League with stops with Winnipeg (1988-95) and Montreal (1996-97).
Randolph served two years as a team captain and player-coach while in Montreal after helping lead Winnipeg to the Grey Cup championships in 1998 and 1990. He was inducted into the Blue Bombers’ Hall of Fame in 2002.
2019 – Texas Tech Assistant Coach (Defensive Line)
2016-18 – Memphis Assistant Coach (Defensive Line)
2015 – Arizona State Associate A.D. for Championship Life
2012-14 – Arizona State Associate Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator (Defensive Line)
2011 – Pittsburgh Executive Associate Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator (Defensive Line)
2007-10 – Tulsa Executive Senior Associate H.C./Co-Defensive Coordinator (Defensive Line)
2006 – Rice Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator (Linebackers)
2003-05 – Alabama Assistant Coach (Defensive Ends)
2002 – West Virginia Assistant Coach (Defensive Line/Special Teams)
2001 – Toledo Assistant Coach (Defensive Line/Special Teams)
2000 – Illinois State Assistant Coach (Defensive Line/Special Teams)
1999 – Valdosta State Assistant Coach (Defensive Line)
1998 – UT Martin Assistant Coach (Linebackers)

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