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Golesh leaving Iowa State for UCF

One of Iowa State’s top assistants is leaving the program.

Alex Golesh has accepted the position as the University of Central Florida’s offensive coordinator, according to a report from the Des Moines Register‘s Randy Peterson.

CycloneFanatic.com publisher Chris Williams has independently confirmed the news through sources of his own.

Golesh, the Cyclones’ tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, was a member of Matt Campbell’s original staff assembled when he arrived in Ames in 2015.

Iowa State’s tight ends have made a resurgence under Golesh’s tutelage, culminating with Charlie Kolar being named an All-American this season just four years after the program had zero scholarship players at the position. That accompanies Golesh’s key role in several of the best-recruiting classes in the program’s history, including this year’s class considered one of the 40 best in the country.

Defensive coordinator Jon Heacock, cornerbacks coach D.K. McDonald, defensive line coach Eli Rasheed, linebackers coach Tyson Veidt and offensive coordinator Tom Manning, who left the program for one season to coach tight ends for the Indianapolis Colts, are the remaining members of Campbell’s original staff in Ames.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.