Manny Diaz named Miami Hurricanes’ next head coach

His hire was announced less than 12 hours after coach Mark Richt announced his retirement.
The University of Miami has hired Manny Diaz as its next football coach. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
The University of Miami has hired Manny Diaz as its next football coach. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Published Dec. 31, 2018|Updated Dec. 31, 2018

The Miami Hurricanes' coaching search was over almost as soon as it began.

Miami announced that former defensive coordinator Manny Diaz will replace Mark Richt as the program's new head coach, less than 12 hours after Richt's abrupt retirement. Sunday evening's late announcement comes less than three weeks after Temple hired Diaz away to be its head coach.

"As excited as I am about staying home, I hate the way this unfolded with respect to Temple," Diaz said in a statement from Miami. "I was given a tremendous opportunity to lead the Temple program and I was actively engaged in doing just that when I woke up this morning.  I never saw this coming, no one did. I do hope that the Temple players, administration and fans appreciate the uniqueness of this situation and the overwhelming pull to stay home."

And Miami is home for Diaz. He's from the city, and his father served as the city's mayor.

"The U 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."

Diaz, 44, was instrumental in bringing Miami back to respectability under Richt. All three of his 'Canes defenses have ranked in the top 12 nationally in yards per play. The Florida State alumnus was also the architect of the famed turnover chain that energized the fan base and became a rallying point for the program.