Today it was confirmed by the University of Miami that former UM player and coach Mario Cristobal was returning to his Alma Mater, this time as Associate Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator and Tight Ends Coach.
Current TE coach Brennan Carroll will move over to make room for Cristobal and coach wide receivers for UM offensive Coordinator Jedd Fisch. Carroll will also relinquish his role as National Recruiting Coordinator to "Super Mario" who looks to us like he will be really busy at The U.
It was also announced was that former UM defensive lineman Kareem Brown would be joining Al Golden's staff at UM as a Graduate Assistant. Brown, as you may have guessed, will help UM DL coach Jethro Franklin coach the big uglies in the trenches. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Brown was also a member of the New York Jets, New York Giants, and Tennessee Titans.
Cristobal returns to UM for the fourth time. As a player, he won two National Championships at Miami in 1989 and 1991 and then coached at UM twice before, once as a Graduate Assistant (1998-2000) and then again as Tight Ends Coach (2004-05) and Offensive Line Coach (2006).
During his time as tight ends coach at Miami, Cristobal coached two NFL Draft picks in Kevin Everett (3rd Round, 2005 NFL Draft) and Greg Olsen (1st Round, 2007 NFL Draft).
Cristobal also coached at Rutgers under former UM Defensive Coordinator Greg Schiano from 2001-2003 and was most recently the Head Coach just a few miles down the road at FIU. While at FIU he apparently turned down the head coaching job at Rutgers just last year when Schiano left the Scarlet Knights position to become the Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs.
At FIU, Cristobal led the Golden Panthers to their first ever Sun Belt conference title in 2010 and their first ever winning record was accomplished during that season (7-6). He led FIU to two consecutive bowl games in 2010 and 2011, before being fired suddenly in 2012 over what were alleged to be professional differences with FIU Athletic Director Pete Garcia.
From his previous time at UM and his six years at FIU Cristobal has strong ties to the South Florida community and is widely known as a passionate coach and an excellent recruiter. His return to UM can only help Al Golden build a much stronger coaching staff and a significantly higher wall around the always fertile South Florida recruiting area.
We like that. Yeah, we like that a lot.