By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Connecticut Huskies have fired its head coach Bob Diaco. He was handed his pink slip the morning after Christmas.
Diaco was the Huskies’ head coach for the past three seasons. The move will become official on January 2nd when his buyout drops.
“I believe a new leader for our program and student-athletes is needed to build long-term success,” Athletic Director David Benedict said via the school’s release. “I am grateful to Coach Diaco and his staff for their hard work and the integrity with which they ran the program and certainly wish them future success.
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“I know this may come as a surprise to our fans and supporters given the timing of this decision, however, it became apparent to me that a change in program direction is necessary at this time.”
Diaco was 11-26 in three seasons at the school. His best season at UCONN came in 2015 when the team went 6-7.
In the American Athletic Conference, Diaco was 6-18. They were 1-7 in 2014 and 2016, while they were 4-4 in 2015.
Prior to accepting the Huskies’ head coaching job, he was the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive coordinator under Brian Kelly. The two also worked together when Kelly was the Cincinnati Bearcats’ head coach.
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He also coached at the Virginia Cavaliers, Central Michigan Chippewas, Western Michigan Broncos, Eastern Michigan Eagles, Western Illinois Leathernecks, and the Iowa Hawkeyes, where he began his career as a graduate assistant.
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