PHILADELPHIA – Temple University
announced today the hiring of Manny Diaz as head football coach. Diaz, who will be formally introduced at a 3 pm media conference, joins Temple from the University of Miami, where he had served as defensive coordinator. He has 13 years of experience as a defensive coordinator at the FBS level.
"We are thrilled to have Manny lead our football program," said Director of Athletics Dr. Patrick Kraft
. "After spending time with him, I understand why he has had tremendous success as a football coach and why his players are so devoted to him. We are in complete alignment about the values on which we run our athletics programs, the high expectations we have for our teams, and how we will conduct ourselves as representatives of Temple University
. I am supremely confident that Manny will build on our past success and take us to even greater heights. The entire university community welcomes Manny, Stephanie and their sons to the Owl family."
Diaz joins Temple football at arguably one of the most successful points in the program's history. The Owls' seniors are the program's winningest class, having accumulated 35 victories in the last four seasons. The team is preparing for its fourth consecutive bowl appearance. The Owls will face Duke University in the Walk-On's Independence Bowl, Dec. 27 in Shreveport, Louisiana. The program has been eligible for bowl appearances in eight of the last 10 seasons.
"The momentum of our football program continues to soar. I know that our new coach will build on our program's many successes," said President Richard M. Englert
. "Coach Diaz has a sterling national reputation. He is highly regarded as a role model for students. The team he will be leading excels on the field, in the classroom and in every way. Coach Diaz is committed to ensuring that our players will continue to be great students, great athletes, great university ambassadors and great human beings."
During his 21-year coaching career, Diaz has coached numerous all-conference and NFL players at seven collegiate institutions. He has coached in 17 bowl games with his teams amassing a 13-4 record in bowls, not including Miami's upcoming Pinstripe Bowl game against Wisconsin.
"I am so excited to be in Philly and honored to be the head coach at Temple University
," said Diaz. "I can't wait to get in front of our Temple TUFF guys and then to get on the road recruiting. I am looking forward to bringing in a great class of guys that want to take Temple to the next level."
Diaz has served as the defensive coordinator at Miami, Mississippi State University, Louisiana Tech University, the University of Texas, and Middle Tennessee State University.
Most recently, he is credited with building Miami's defense into one of the nation's best units. In 2016, his first season as Miami's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, Diaz was a finalist for the Broyles Award—given annually to the nation's top assistant coach. His unit that year improved significantly from the previous season to rank 20th nationally in total defense (up from #69 in 2015), fifth in tackles for loss (#105 in 2015), ninth in yards per play (#86 in 2015), 12th in scoring defense (#77 in 2015), and 22nd in team sacks (#70 in 2015).
That season Miami was the only team in the country to start three true freshmen linebackers, and the Hurricanes' trio of Zach McCloud, Michael Pinckney and Shaquille Quarterman helped anchor the unit. Three defensive players earned All-ACC honors—senior defensive backs Corn Elder (second team) and Rayshawn Jenkins (honorable mention) and Quarterman at linebacker (honorable mention).
Continuing the trends from Diaz's first year, the Hurricanes ranked among the nation's leaders in several defensive categories in 2017, including first nationally in team sacks, third in tackles for loss, fifth in turnover margin and ninth in opponent yards per play. Thanks in large part to his dominating unit, Miami also ranked fifth nationally in turnover margin, eighth in fumbles recovered and 15th nationally in interceptions. Five Hurricanes on the defensive side of the ball earned 2017 All-ACC honors while another three picked up Honorable Mention recognition.
This season, the Hurricanes ranked second in the nation in total defense, allowing 268.3 yards per game, and led the nation in fewest passing yards allowed (140.8). Miami also allowed just 18.2 points per game, ranking 15th nationally in that category. Eight Miami players were honored when the ACC announced their 2018 all-conference teams, while senior DT Gerald Willis III was named Associated Press Second Team All-America.
Prior to returning home to Miami, where his father Manny Diaz had served as the city's Mayor, Diaz spent one season at Mississippi State where his defensive unit helped the Bulldogs to a 9-4 record and a victory over NC State in the Belk Bowl. MSU's defense held opponents to just 23.2 points per game and ranked in the nation's top 10 in red zone defense and tackles for loss.
Diaz also spent one season, 2014, at Louisiana Tech and his impact was felt in a big way. The Bulldogs led the nation in turnovers gained (42) with 16 fumble recoveries and 26 interceptions.
Before his stop at Louisiana Tech, Diaz coached three seasons at Texas (2011-13). His 2011 defensive unit ranked ninth in total yards per play.
In 2010, during his first stint at Mississippi State, Diaz guided a defense that ranked 22nd in the nation in scoring defense (19.9 points per game), 17th in rushing defense (214.9 yards per game) and 17th in tackles for loss (7.0 per game). MSU also finished ranked 13th in red-zone defense (.730) and 22nd in turnovers forced (28) nationally in 2010.
Before his first stop at Mississippi State, Diaz spent four seasons as defensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee State. Diaz coached linebackers for two years after mentoring the safeties during his first two years.
In four years under Diaz, MTSU's defense led its conference in sacks and tackles for loss twice, and finished no lower than third in the league in either category during his tenure. In 2009, the Blue Raiders finished second nationally in tackles for loss. Diaz's defense also ranked sixth nationally in sacks that season, posting nearly three per game.
Before joining Middle Tennessee State, Diaz played a significant role for one of the country's top-ranked defenses by coaching safeties in 2004-05 and handling the linebackers in 2002-03 for North Carolina State University.
Diaz spent the 2000 and 2001 seasons at N.C. State as a graduate assistant working primarily with the linebackers. During that time, the Wolfpack went to two bowl games and became the first ACC team to beat Florida State in Tallahassee.
He began his coaching career at Florida State University and, as a graduate assistant, was part of the Seminoles' national title-winning coaching staff in 1999.
Diaz is a native Miamian. He and his wife, Stephanie, are the parents of three sons: Colin (21), Gavin (15) and Manny III (13).
Turnkey Search, and managing director Gene DeFilippo, a leading figure in intercollegiate athletics with more than four decades of experience heading Division I programs, assisted Temple University
in the nationwide search process.
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