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Lions hire ex-Canes coach Al Golden to coach tight ends

The Lions hired former University of Miami (Fla.) head coach Al Golden to coach their tight ends. Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions are adding some more head coaching experience to their coaching staff.

A day after hiring former Maryland and Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall to run special projects for the club, the team announced the hiring of former Miami football coach Al Golden to be Detroit's tight ends coach.

This will be Golden's first foray into the NFL and first time coaching tight ends in his career. The 46-year-old came up through the college ranks, starting as a graduate assistant at Virginia before going to Boston College to coach linebackers.

After a one-year stint coaching linebackers at his alma mater, Penn State, he became Virginia's defensive coordinator from 2001 to 2005. Then he took the head coaching job at Temple from 2006 to 2010. He turned around the Owls, taking a 1-11 team his first season and turning it into a club that went 17-8 during his final two years.

He then spent four-and-a-half seasons at Miami, compiling a 32-25 record before being fired midway through the 2015 season.

Coming to the Lions reunites Golden with the offensive coordinator during his time as defensive coordinator at Virginia, Ron Prince. Prince joined Jim Caldwell in Detroit as the team's tight ends coach but moved to the offensive line during a midseason shakeup.

The Lions now have five staff members with head coaching experience in college or the NFL: Caldwell, Prince, Golden, Edsall and senior coaching assistant Gunther Cunningham.