Alan Gooch began his career coaching college football in 1983. Alan Gooch spent 21 years as a member of the football coaching staff at the University of Central Florida. During that time he served in a number of capacities until completing his collegiate coaching career in 2003 as the interim head coach at UCF. Alan Gooch of UCF and Gary Gibbs of Oklahoma have the distinction of being the only two Division I-A college coaches, ever to rise from player to assistant coach and finally head coach without leaving their alma mater. Coach Gooch’s ties to the University run beyond his coaching years as he is a former football player/ letterman for the Knights, UCF Alumni board member, 3-term UCF lettermen club President, UCF Alumni Service award winner’98 and a two-time graduate having earned both his bachelors and masters degrees at UCF.
In his tenure at UCF Coach Gooch also served eight years as the recruiting coordinator during UCF’s moves from Division II, I-AA and I-A.
In 1997 Coach Gooch and former UCF tailback Dwight Collins who is deaf gained national media attention for their work together. Consequently, Dwight Collins received ESPN’s National Spirit Award given each year to College Football’s Most Courageous Player at the Home Depot College Football Awards Ceremony.
At a White House ceremony in April 1998, Coach Gooch and Dwight Collins were recognized by President Clinton and the National Consortium for Academics and Sports. Later that same year, Alan Gooch along with Dean Smith of the University of North Carolina and Eddie Robinson of Grambling University were selected as finalists for the 1998 National Student-Athlete Day GIANT STEPS Award in the category of Collegiate Coach. Coach Gooch finished as runner up behind Coach Eddie Robinson of Grambling University who won the award. Also in 1998, the American Football Coaches Association honored Alan Gooch as the Inaugural NCAA division I-A Assistant Football Coach of the Year at the national convention in Dallas.
NCAA All Americans and UCF Hall of Fame members Willie English, Marquette Smith and Elgin Davis are just three NFL running backs that played for Coach Gooch. Others who went on to play in the NFL include Aaron Sam, Terrance Williams, Dee Brown and Alex Haynes.
Upon leaving coaching in 2004 Mr. Gooch accepted a position as Executive Director of the UCF Athletic Department’s Golden Knights Club and in 11 months the GKC doubled its annual fund from $625,000 to $1,200,000 million. In 2005, after 25 years of service to the university Alan Gooch left UCF and entered into private business opening Florida operations for an Atlanta based commercial real estate firm. In 2007 Mr. Gooch opened his own commercial real estate firm, Tizon Commercial, LLC.
Alan Gooch was inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006, and in 2007 he was named “Educator of the Decade” by the UCF College of Education. Later that same year Mr. Gooch accepted a position as President and General Manager of the AFL Orlando Predators Football Team. In 2008 Mr. Gooch led the two-time AFL World Champion Orlando Predators organization to its 20th straight playoff appearance. Former Head Coach of the NFL’s Washington Football Team; Jay Gruden was the head football coach for the Orlando Predators during that 2008 season.
Currently Alan Gooch is the CEO of the Orlando Sports Foundation/ Executive Director of the Cure Bowl. The primary goal of this foundation is to support cancer research thru an NCAA Bowl game. In Six (6) bowl games, the Cure Bowl has raised $3.8 million dollars. Mr. Gooch continues as the managing partner/broker of Tizon Commercial, and he has served as an adjunct professor at UCF teaching Coaching Methods. Alan Gooch is married to Linda Gooch, UCF’s longtime Cheerleading coach of 37 years, who has won four national championships ‘2003, 2007, 2019, 2020. Alan and Linda have two adult children.