A number of reports have come out confirming that former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco has been named the next head coach of the Connecticut Huskies. Some outlets are reporting that Diaco is signing a 5 year deal worth $1.5 million per year. This comes a day after Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is to have turned down the job. This is also the second coordinator the Fighting Irish have lost to new coaching jobs as offensive coordinator Chuck Martin took the job at Miami (OH).
Diaco won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant in 2012 after finishing as a semifinalist in 2011. His experience is heavily on the defensive side of the football, but he also has worked with special teams. At Notre Dame, Diaco went from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense, so it will be interesting to see if he makes a similar move in Storrs, Connecticut.
Diaco has coached at schools including Western Illinois, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Virginia, and then Cincinnati before going to South Bend in 2010. While Diaco is a highly decorated assistant, this will be his first head coaching job.