KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After helping lead Tennessee to the nation’s No. 1 scoring and total offense, offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Alex Golesh has been tabbed as a nominee for the Broyles Award, presented annually to college football’s top assistant coach since 1996.
Golesh is in his second season at Tennessee and his third on Josh Heupel‘s staff, dating back to his final year at UCF.
Golesh’s unit leads the nation in total offense (523.7), scoring offense (47.4) and passing efficiency (191.15). The Vols rank second in the FBS in passing offense (348.2), third in completion percentage (71.4) and sixth in redzone offense (94.6). They lead the SEC in six different categories, including scoring offense, total offense, passing offense, completion percentage, passing efficiency and passing yards per completion (15.14).
The impact of Golesh’s up-tempo offense over the last two seasons has been remarkable for a program that ranked 108th in the FBS in scoring (21.5) and 102nd in the FBS in total offense (346.2) a year prior to his and Heupel’s arrivals.
One season after shattering eight team single-season records, the Vols are on the cusp of breaking most if not all of those this fall. Golesh’s offense has amassed 474 total points, just 37 points shy of tying the school record of 511 set last year. UT is also just five touchdowns short of knotting that school record of 67 set last season.
Golesh is in his 19th season at the collegiate level having enjoyed success at every stop of his career. Prior to spending the 2020 season as the co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at UCF, he served as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Iowa State from 2016-19 on Matt Campbell’s staff.
Golesh grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State in 2006. He got his start in the coaching profession as a student assistant with the Buckeyes.
Semifinalists for the Broyles Award will be announced on Nov. 22 with finalists set a week later on Nov. 29. The recipient of the award will be unveiled on Dec. 6 in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas.