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Randy Shannon
Defensive Coordinator
Coach Info:
Position: Defensive Coordinator
Randy Shannon joined the Knights' staff as the defensive coordinator in December 2017.

"Randy is someone who I have always had a great deal of respect for throughout the years," Heupel said. "Seeing what he's been able to do with defenses, in addition to his ability to recruit this state, it's extremely special and will be invaluable to our staff."

With Shannon on staff, UCF completed its second straight undefeated regular season and capped it with an American Athletic Conference Championship. The Knights earned a berth to the 2019 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and rose as high as seventh in both the Associated Press Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll.

Shannon's defense had a stellar 2018 campaign. UCF allowed just 22.7 points per game and ranked sixth in the nation with 28 forced turnovers on the year. The Knights racked up 8.2 tackles-for-loss per game, the fifth most in the nation, and had 29 sacks. Richie Grant led the way with six picks, the third most in the nation, while Nate Evans had a pair of fumble recoveries, including a 94-yard touchdown recovery against ECU. Second-half adjustments were key to the Knights’ success, as opponents scored just 8.5 points per second half, including 3.3 points per third quarter.

Under Shannon's leadership, seven Knights earned all-conference honors in 2018, including First Team members linbebacker Nate Evans, cornerback Nevelle Clarke and safety Richie Grant. Defensive linemen Titus Davis and Brendon Hayes, along with linebacker Pat Jasinski were Second Team honorees, while cornerback Brandon Moore garnered honorable mention status.

Defensive lineman Trysten Hill continued a long line of players coached by Shannon to get drafted in the NFL, going in the second round of the 2019 Draft to the Dallas Cowboys.

With over 25 years of coaching experience, Shannon came to Orlando following three seasons at Florida that included time as the Gators' defensive coordinator and interim head coach.
 
Shannon was the head coach at Miami from 2007-10 and was the Hurricanes' defensive coordinator for six seasons from 2001-06. The former linebacker at Miami has won three national championships as a coach and a player.
 
Shannon's defense in Gainesville ranked fifth in the nation in total defense in 2016, allowing just 293.0 yards per game. His squad was also the second best pass defense in the country, allowing opponents to just 148.5 yards per game.
 
Prior to his time at Florida, Shannon spent time at Arkansas, TCU, the Miami Dolphins, and most notably Miami. While defensive coordinator for the Hurricanes, his defenses ranked in the top-10 in the nation in five of six seasons.
 
Shannon won the Frank Broyles Award, which is presented annually to the nation's best assistant coach, in 2001, and had 25 defensive players drafted in the NFL - including 12 first-round picks - during that span.
 
During his time as a head coach at Miami, Shannon consistently brought in some of the nation's best recruiting classes, including his 2008 signing class that ranked as the top class in the country by ESPN.com.
 
Shannon got his start in coaching at Miami in 1991 after playing two seasons for the Dallas Cowboys. He was a four-year starting linebacker for the Hurricanes and a member of the 1987 national championship team.
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