Miami names Manny Diaz defensive coordinator

Mark Richt has made a major hire on his new coaching staff.

On Saturday afternoon, the Miami Hurricanes announced that Manny Diaz has been named the team’s new defensive coordinator. Diaz was previously defensive coordinator for Mississippi State.

“I’m very excited about Manny Diaz becoming our defensive coordinator,” Richt said. “I’ve known him for over 20 years and I’ve watched him become one of the best defensive minds in the business. He and our defensive staff will implement a 4-3 attacking style defense. I’m looking forward to working with Manny. I also want to welcome his wife Stephanie and his boys Colin, Gavin and Manny to Miami.”

Diaz released a statement of his own, expressing his thankfulness for his time in Starksville and excitement for what is to come in South Beach.

“Starkville is a special place and I could not be more thankful for the opportunity Dan Mullen and Scott Stricklin gave my family and I,” Diaz said in a released statement. “It is the kind of opportunity that comes along rarely in this business. It was simply too good to pass up. I can’t wait to help Coach Richt build a championship program at Miami.”

It is an exciting time to be a Miami fan and it will be interesting to see what Richt’s staff can do in their first year with the Hurricanes.

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