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USF football officially hires Alex Golesh as Bulls’ new coach

The 38-year-old Russia native is the sixth head coach in program history.
USF has hired Tennessee offensive coordinator Alex Golesh to be the Bulls' new football coach.
USF has hired Tennessee offensive coordinator Alex Golesh to be the Bulls' new football coach. [ PHELAN M. EBENHACK | AP ]
Published Dec. 4, 2022|Updated Dec. 4, 2022

USF has officially named Alex Golesh as the Bulls’ next football coach. The 38-year-old Russia native spent the last two years at Tennessee, where he was the offensive coordinator under Josh Heupel. Before that, Golesh spent a year as the co-offensive coordinator at UCF (2020).

The Bulls announced the news via social media Sunday morning, about 12 hours after The Action Network first reported that Golesh had accepted the job. A formal introduction and news conference are scheduled for 11:30 Monday morning at the USF Alumni Center. It will be open to the public.

“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Golesh as the new leader of our program,” athletic director Michael Kelly said in a statement. “He is a dynamic coach and recruiter who is relentless in pursuit of excellence, as evidenced by his outstanding track record of elevating numerous programs. He also happens to be one of the most creative and successful offensive minds in college football.

“Alex has worked his way up through the college ranks, been a key part of successful program-building at numerous stops and has developed perhaps the most fearsome offensive attack in college football today. We are very excited that he and his wife, Alexis, and their children, Corbin and Barrett, are joining our Bulls family and he will lead us into an exciting future of USF football.”

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Golesh becomes the sixth head coach in USF history and the Bulls’ fifth in a dozen seasons. Financial terms were not immediately available.

“I’m excited to be back in the state of Florida and work with the great high school coaches in this state,” Golesh said in a statement. “This program will have an identity both offensively and defensively, and with special teams. We will be the most aggressive team in the country, both on the field and on the recruiting trail. I am humbled by the opportunity, and I appreciate the commitment from this University and Bulls Nation to hiring the best staff in the country. My family and I can’t wait to get going.”

This story may be updated.

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