GREENSBORO, NC -- Guilford College Director of Athletics Marion Kirby announced the appointment of Pat Randolph and Dearrion Snead to the school's football coaching staff Wednesday. Randolph will serve as the Quakers' offensive coordinator and Snead will be the defensive coordinator on first-year Coach Kevin Kiesel's staff.
A 1988 West Virginia graduate and four-year football letter winner under Coach Don Nehlen, Randolph joins Guilford's athletic department after assisting Coach Harold Smith's Harriton High School football team in suburban Philadelphia. Randolph, who grew up in Folsom, PA, also coached at Conestoga (PA) High School and assisted collegiately at Ball State, Utah State and Indiana (PA).
After a standout gridiron career at Ridley (PA) High School, Randolph earned a football scholarship to West Virginia where he rushed for over 1,200 yards in four seasons with the Mountaineers. He played alongside current West Virginia football coach Rich Rodriguez and former National Football League quarterback Jeff Hostetler. The Mountaineers compiled a 27-20 record and won the 1983 Hall of Fame Bowl and the 1984 Bluebonnet Bowl in Randolph's tenure. He holds West Virginia's school record for the longest run from scrimmage, a 96-yard scoring jaunt against Northern Illinois in 1986. Randolph is remembered for scoring a key touchdown in West Virginia's 1984 win over arch-rival Penn State, the Mountaineers first victory over the Nittany Lions in 34 years.
Snead brings 14 years worth of coaching experience to the Quakers' defense. He spent the past two seasons helping Arizona Western Junior College to a 7-4 record each year. He coached the defensive line and outside linebackers for Texas Southern and was Virginia State's defensive coordinator in 2001. Snead's defense at Southwest Minnesota State ranked 12th among NCAA Division II total defense leaders in 1999 and led the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
In 1998, Snead coached the secondary and special teams at Tiffin where the Dragons tied a school record with 20 interceptions. Each member of the secondary received All-Mid-States Football Association honors and cornerback Wesley Russell was a First Team NAIA All-American. Snead also made coaching stops at Tennessee State and East Stroudsburg.
A member of the Longwood (NY) High School Athletics Hall of Fame, Snead is a 1996 graduate of St. Joseph's (NY) in Long Island. He started his college career at North Carolina A&T State University, where he played varsity football. The Virginia native spent four years after graduation as a noncommissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. As a Marine, he received the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the National Defense Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Kiesel and his staff return 36 letter winners from last year's 1-9 Guilford club that finished sixth in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference with a 1-5 mark. The Quakers open preseason camp August 11 in preparation for their September 3 season opener at Ferrum.