is a former American-Israeli basketball player and current head coach of the San Francisco Dons men’s basketball team.
Golden played four years at St. Mary’s where he was part of two NCAA Tournament appearances. During his senior season he ranked second in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio and graduated as the Gaels’ all-time leader in free-throw percentage (.832). Upon graduation, Golden played for two seasons with Maccabi Haifa in the Israeli Basketball Premier League. Golden also competed in the 2009 Maccabiah Games with the USA Open Team.
After working in the private sector in advertising sales once his playing career was over, Golden entered the college coaching ranks joining Kyle Smith’s staff at Columbia, first as director of basketball operations, then as an assistant coach. He would then take a director of basketball operations position at Auburn under Bruce Pearl, his coach during the 2009 Maccabiah Games. Golden would rise to assistant coach with the Tigers in his final season before reuniting with Smith at San Francisco. On April 1, 2019, Golden was officially introduced as the 20th men’s basketball coach in Dons history, replacing Smith who departed for Washington State.
- Born July 7, 1985
- Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
- Alma Mater: Saint Mary’s College of California (BA, 2008)
- Played four seasons at Saint Mary’s for longtime head coach Randy Bennett
- As a senior captain in 2007-08, Golden ranked second in the nation for assist-to-turnover ratio (3.68)
- Spent two seasons playing professionally in Israel for Maccabi Haifa
- Co-captain of the USA Open Team that won gold at the 2009 Maccabiah Games (coached by Bruce Pearl)
- Started his coaching career in 2013 as an assistant under Kyle Smith at Columbia
- Joined Pearl’s staff at Auburn in 2014 as director of basketball operations and was elevated to assistant coach the following year
- Became the associate head coach at San Francisco in 2016, rejoining Smith in his new role as Dons head coach
- Elevated to head coach at USF in March 2019, following Smith’s departure to Washington State
- Won 22 games in his first season on the job, maintaining the high standard set by Smith
- Married to the former Megan York, a former volleyball standout at Saint Mary’s