"Randy Shannon is a great coach and a great person," said Bielema. "He has been a part of multiple national championship teams and, more importantly, he changed the lives of numerous young men. He has spent nearly his entire coaching career at Miami, and his defenses consistently ranked inside the top 10 nationally. I think a lot of people know Randy got a lot of great things done at Miami and most recently with TCU. He is a disciplinarian who has high standards, and he is skillful at relating to his players. He is a coach players turn to for guidance, and his players have always been prepared and played with intensity and desire."
Last season, Shannon coached linebackers at TCU following a four-year stint as head coach at the University of Miami, where he led the Hurricanes to a 28-22 record from 2007-10. Before rising to the head position, Shannon was the defensive coordinator for Miami from 2001-06 and was an assistant coach for the Hurricanes from 1991-97. In between his stints on the Coral Gables campus, Shannon spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Miami Dolphins. Shannon, who lettered at Miami from 1985-88, was part of three of the Hurricanes' five national championships as a player and assistant coach.
Shannon's linebacker unit excelled in TCU's first season in the Big 12. Kenny Cain was a second-team All-Big 12 selection by the Associated Press and the conference's coaches, and Joel Hasley was an AP honorable mention all-conference performer. Cain made a career-high 14 tackles in a victory at Texas, the most for a TCU linebacker in a game since 2004, and Hasley ranked ninth in the conference in tackles for loss per game.