By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Miami (Florida) Hurricanes wasted no time in finding a replacement for Mark Richt, who announced his sudden retirement on Sunday. The Hurricanes have hired Manny Diaz as the team’s new head football coach, according to sources.
Diaz was introduced as the Temple Owls head coach less than three weeks ago. He was slated to replace Geoff Collins, who was hired by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Now, Diaz will remain with the Hurricanes. He was spotted at Richt’s press conference on Sunday.
“Manny is one of the nation’s elite coaches and the Canes’ Family has already embraced him and his incredible work ethic over the past three seasons,” Hurricanes Director of Athletics Blake James said. “He is absolutely the passionate and innovative leader that our program needs, and we will work together to build an incredible staff to move our program back into championship contention.”
The 44-year-old Miami, Florida native was announced as the Owls head coach on December 13th, 2018. Before accepting the Owls head coaching position, he was the Hurricanes Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach from 2016 through 2018.
“Miami is home,” Diaz said. “The University of Miami is home. The Us has truly been ‘the job’ for me since I first got into coaching,” Diaz said. “Having worked here over the past three years, I came to understand what it means to be part of ‘The U’ and came to appreciate the passion and commitment to excellence of all who proudly call themselves Canes.
“We will restore the football program to its place among the nation’s elite and we will do it with hard work, dedicated coaches, and outstanding student-athletes. I’m excited about working with Blake and his team to make that happen.”
He was the Mississippi State Bulldogs Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach in 2015. He also served as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach in 2014.
Diaz was the Texas Longhorns Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach from 2011 through 2013. He also served as the Bulldogs Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach again in 2010.
He was the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach in 2008 and 2009. He also was the Blue Raiders Defensive Coordinator and Safeties Coach in 2006 and 2007.
Diaz also served as the North Carolina State Wolfpack Safeties and Special Teams Coach in 2004 and 2005. He also was the Wolfpack’s Linebackers Coach in 2002 and 2003.
He served as a Graduate Assistant with the Wolfpack in 2000 and 2001. He also began his coaching career as a Graduate Assistant with the Florida State Seminoles in 1998 and 1999 with the Florida State Seminoles.