Southeastern Louisiana defensive coordinator Pete Golding has accepted the position as safeties coach at Southern Miss, head coach Todd Monken said Friday.
Golding fills the spot vacated by Andrew Thacker, who left USM to take a job as a defensive assistant with the Atlanta Falcons.
Golding spent the last two seasons as defensive coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana on the FCS level after working the two previous years in the same position at Division II Delta State.
A native of Hammond, La., Golding also worked for two years as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Tusculum College. He began his career as a graduate assistant at Delta State in 2006.
During his playing career, Golding was a four-year starter as a safety at Delta State from 2002-05. He had 285 career tackles to rank third all-time in school history.