Staff
Head Coach
Manny Diaz

Manny Diaz, who has deep roots in the Miami community and catapulted the Hurricane’s defense to elite status during his three years as the team’s defensive coordinator from 2016-2018 - was announced as the 25th head coach of the University of Miami football program on Sun., Dec. 30.

Diaz, who has an impressive resume during nearly two decades as a defensive specialist coaching several collegiate programs, accepted his dream job of leading a Hurricanes’ team he believes is destined to return to the top echelon of collegiate football in the years to come.

UM President Julio Frenk, who strongly supported the selection of Diaz as head coach, said Richt has done a great job advancing the football program in the right direction during his three-year tenure. He credited the UM alumnus and former Hurricanes quarterback with putting the Miami football program back in the national conversation.

James said that over the past three years, Richt and Diaz together have elevated the football program. He sees great things happening in the future with Diaz, who along with his defensive players, created the Turnover Chain that has been emulated by other football programs across the country. James said he is grateful to Temple University for first extending the opportunity to Diaz and for “understanding how important this decision is to Manny and his family.”

During his 19-year coaching career, Diaz, the son of a former Miami mayor, also named Manny Diaz, has coached in 18 bowl games, amassing a 13-5 record in bowls, and has coached numerous all-conference and NFL players at six collegiate institutions.

Diaz and his wife, Stephanie, have three sons, Collin, Gavin, and Manny, and live in Palmetto Bay.

Miami delivered another stellar season on defense in 2018. The Hurricanes ranked No. 2 in total defense and ranked No. 1 in several categories, including tackles for loss, third down conversion percentage and passing yards allowed. Defensive tackle Gerald Willis earned All-American honors from several outlets while linebacker Shaq Quarterman was named to the All-ACC First Team - one of eight all-conference picks.

Continuing the impressive trends from Diaz’s first year running the defense, the Hurricanes ranked among the nation’s leaders in several defensive categories in 2017, including first nationally in team sacks, third nationally in tackles for loss and ninth nationally in opponent yards per play. Five Hurricanes on the defensive side of the ball earned 2017 All-ACC honors while another three picked up Honorable Mention recognition.

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 ppg), 17th in rushing defense (214.9 ypg) and 17th in tackles for loss (7.0 pg). 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, 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 NC State.

Diaz spent the 2000 and 2001 seasons at NCSU 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.

Diaz began his coaching career at Florida State in 1998. In his two years as a graduate assistant, he was on the same coaching staff as Miami head coach Mark Richt and was part of the Seminoles’ national title-winning coaching staff in 1999.

Diaz and his wife Stephanie have three sons: Colin, Gavin and Manny.

Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
Dan Enos

Dan Enos joined the University of Miami football program in January 2019, accepting the position of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Enos, a 28-year college coaching veteran, spent the 2018 season as associate head coach/quarterbacks at Alabama, which won 14 games and the Southeastern Conference title while advancing to the College Football Playoff national championship game.

A former quarterback at Michigan State, Enos boasts more than a decade of play-calling experience and more than two decades of experience coaching skill position players. Prior to his one-year stint in Tuscaloosa, Enos spent three seasons (2015-17) as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas, where his offenses set school records, and five years (2010-14) as the head coach at Central Michigan, where he led the Chippewas to two bowl games and helped offensive tackle Eric Fisher become the first Mid-American Conference player to ever be selected with the No. 1 overall pick of the NFL Draft.

Last season under Enos’ tutelage, Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa posted one of the best seasons by a quarterback in college football history. Tagovailoa completed 69 percent of his passes, throwing for 3,966 yards with 43 touchdowns and just six interceptions -- setting an all-time FBS single-season passer rating mark (199.44). He was named first-team All-SEC, won the Walter Camp and Maxwell Awards, and finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Backup quarterback Jalen Hurts completed 73 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and two interceptions, helping Alabama rank first in the nation in team passing efficiency. The Crimson Tide also ranked sixth in the country in total offense, sixth in passing offense and third in scoring offense.

Enos served a short stint as an offensive assistant coach at Michigan in January 2018. Prior to that, he directed some of the most prolific offenses in Arkansas history over three seasons in Fayetteville. His 2015 offense set single-season school records for first downs (305) and completion percentage (.658), while posting the second-best total yardage (6,051) and yards per play (6.83) in school history.In 2015 and 2016, the Razorbacks were one of two FBS teams with a 3,000-yard passer and 1,300-yard rusher -- featuring a different quarterback and different running back in each season.

Enos arrived in Fayetteville after serving as the head coach at Central Michigan from 2010-14. He posted a 26-36 record at CMU, leading the Chippewas to six wins or more in each of his final three seasons. CMU's win over Western Kentucky in the 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl was just the third bowl win in program history.

In his five seasons in Mount Pleasant, Enos’ offenses passed for more than 3,000 yards four times. Quarterback Ryan Radcliff was the starter from 2010-12, throwing for 9,917 yards and 63 touchdowns during his career. Quarterback Cooper Rush started for Enos as a redshirt freshman in 2013 and then threw for 3,149 yards and 27 touchdowns as a sophomore. Rush eventually set the school record for career passing yards (12,891) and touchdown passes (90), and is currently a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

Before being hired at Central Michigan, Enos spent four seasons at Michigan State as an assistant coach. He coached quarterbacks in 2006 and running backs from 2007-09. He tutored three NFL running backs in East Lansing – Javon Ringer, Edwin Baker and Jehuu Caulcrick – and was named one of Rivals.com's Top 25 recruiters nationally in 2009. In 2006, he mentored quarterback Drew Stanton, who threw for 2,252 yards and 17 touchdowns before being selected in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

Enos spent two years as quarterbacks coach at Cincinnati (2004-05), helping quarterback Gino Guidugli finish his career as the school's all-time leading passer with 11,453 career yards, including 2,633 passing yards and 26 passing touchdowns in 2004.

Prior to his time at Cincinnati, Enos worked at North Dakota State (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks, 2003), Western Michigan (quarterbacks, 2000-02), Missouri State (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks, 1999), Southern Illinois (quarterbacks/wide receivers, 1997-98), Northern Michigan (offensive coordinator/offensive backs, 1996) and Lakeland College (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks/wide receivers, 1994-95). He served as a graduate assistant on Michigan State's staff from 1991 to 1993.

A standout quarterback for the Spartans from 1987-90, Enos started two seasons and posted a 16-7-1 record as a starter, leading MSU to victories in the 1989 Aloha Bowl and 1990 Sun Bowl. He still ranks among the best in school history with 3,837 career passing yards and 297 completions. His .621 career completion percentage ranks fourth in Spartan history.

Defensive Coordinator
Blake Baker

Blake Baker joined the University of Miami football program in January of 2019, accepting the position of defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach.

Baker spent the previous four seasons as defensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech. Under Baker's direction, the Bulldogs defense ranked among the nation's best in several categories. In 2018, Louisiana Tech was fourth nationally in team sacks (3.46 per game), 12th nationally in team tackles for loss (7.8) and 33rd nationally in turnovers gained (22). Louisiana Tech ranked 25th nationally in opponent yards per play (4.9) this past season, as the Bulldogs' stout defensive unit was led by All-America defensive end Jaylon Ferguson, who ranked second in the nation in tackles for loss (26.5) and led the country in sacks (17.5).

Baker, 36, replaced Diaz as defensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech when Diaz accepted the same position at Mississippi State for the 2015 season. Baker worked under Diaz as safeties coach at Louisiana Tech in 2014, and also was a two-year graduate assistant (2011-2012) under him during Diaz's time as defensive coordinator at Texas.

Baker went to Arkansas State after spending 2010 through 2012 as a defensive graduate assistant coach at Texas. He worked closely with both the Longhorns' linebackers and defensive backs, two position groups that included eight All-Big 12 selections over the last two years. He also helped coach All-America linebacker and Lott Trophy finalist Emmanuel Acho and cornerback Quandre Diggs, the 2011 Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.

He was a part of the Texas coaching staff in 2011 that led the Longhorns to a No. 11 national ranking in total defense, yielding just 306.8 yards per game. The 2011 Longhorns' defense also ranked among the top 20 teams in the nation in rush defense (96.2 yards per game), pass efficiency defense (111.0) and tackles for loss (7.4 per game).

Texas won 17 games in Baker's two years on the coaching staff, including a 21-10 victory over California in the 2011 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl and a 31-27 win against Oregon State in the 2012 Valero Alamo Bowl.

Prior to joining the Texas staff, Baker spent the 2009 season as a wide receivers coach at Clear Springs High School in Houston, Texas, before taking over duties as linebackers coach the following spring.

The Houston native was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at Tulane from 2000-04, helping lead the Green Wave to a win in the 2002 Hawaii Bowl. He earned his bachelor's degree from Tulane in 2008.

Baker is married to the former Roslyn Jones of Mandeville, La., and the couple has a daughter, Anderson, and a son, Byron.

Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Line
Todd Stroud

Todd Stroud was named the University of Miami's Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Line on March 5, 2019.

Stroud most recently served as associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Akron, where he spent the past seven seasons.

Throughout his career, Stroud has tutored numerous NFL Draft picks and developed nationwide recruiting ties. During the 2006 NFL Draft, three of Stroud’s North Carolina State defensive linemen were first-round selections, including top overall pick Mario Williams by the Houston Texans. He was the head coach at West Alabama from 1994-96.

In 2018, the Zips’ defense ranked third in the Mid-American Conference in third-down defense, third in passing efficiency defense and forced 21 turnovers, including two pick-sixes in a 39-34 win at eventual Big Ten West champion Northwestern – Akron’s first win over a Big Ten opponent since 1894. The Zips improved from 91st in yards per play to 36th nationally, and from 66th in yards per pass attempt to 21st in the country.

In 2017, as Akron’s assistant head coach, defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator, Stroud helped the Zips advance to the MAC Championship Game for only the second time in school history. Akron finished seventh in the nation in interceptions (19), and ranked eighth in defensive touchdowns and 19th in turnover margin.

In 2015, Akron’s rushing defense led the MAC and ranked third nationally, yielding just 92.9 yards per game. In 2014, the Zips ranked in the Top 40 nationally in eight defensive categories, while the defensive line racked up 194 tackles, 13 sacks and 34.5 tackles for loss. Akron’s 2013 defensive line amassed 21 sacks and 37.5 tackles for loss.

Prior to his stint at Akron, Stroud coached two seasons at Colorado State. He coached tight ends and fullbacks in 2010 in addition to serving as recruiting coordinator. In 2011, Stroud shifted to defensive line coach. From 2007-09, Stroud was the head strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater, Florida State.

That followed an eight-year run at N.C. State, first as director of strength and conditioning from 1999-2004, and then as associate head coach/defensive line from 2004-06. In 2004, Stroud helped the Wolfpack allow just 221.4 yards per game and 102.4 rushing yards per game, both of which rank second in school history. In 2005, Williams set single-season school records in both sacks (14.5) and tackles for loss (27.5). Williams (Texans), Manny Lawson (San Francisco 49ers) and John McCargo (Buffalo Bills) were all selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Stroud was the head strength and conditioning coach at Memphis (1997-99) prior to his three-year head coaching stint at West Alabama. In 1993, as the head strength and conditioning coach at Auburn, Stroud helped the Tigers to an 11-0 regular season, which earned them a No. 4 ranking in the final Associated Press poll. Stroud was the defensive line and strength and conditioning coach at Samford from 1987-93. He got his start in coaching in 1986 as the defensive line coach at UCF and then a weight room assistant at Florida State.

Stroud played nose guard for the Seminoles from 1983-85 and was team captain his senior season. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Florida State and a master’s degree in athletics administration from UAB. He and his wife, Marianne, have four children.

Co-Defensive Coordinator / Safeties
Ephraim Banda

Ephraim Banda is entering his fourth season as the Hurricanes’ safeties coach and first as co-defensive coordinator.

After Miami’s defense delivered another standout season in 2018, Banda was elevated to the position of co-defensive coordinator on Dec. 14, 2018. The Hurricanes ranked No. 4 in total defense and ranked No. 1 in several categories, including tackles for loss, third down conversion percentage and passing yards allowed.

Safeties Jaquan Johnson (second team) and Sheldrick Redwine (honorable mention) both earned all-conference honors, while cornerback Trajan Bandy was a third-team All-ACC selection.

Continuing the impressive trends from Banda’s first year on the defensive staff, the Hurricanes ranked among the nation’s leaders in several defensive categories in 2017, including first nationally in team sacks, third nationally in tackles for loss, third nationally in turnovers gained, ninth nationally in opponent yards per play and 15th nationally in passes intercepted.

Three members of the Hurricanes secondary earned All-ACC recognition in 2017: Michael Jackson (second team), Johnson (second team) and Malek Young (honorable mention).

Under Banda’s watch, Johnson was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week three straight weeks and was one of just four defensive players nationwide to be named a Walter Camp Player of the Year semifinalist. Johnson was named to the All-America Second Team by both Sports Illustrated and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).

Miami’s defensive backfield enjoyed vast improvements under Banda’s watch in 2016, with senior Rayshawn Jenkins earning ACSMA All-ACC honorable mention recognition.

At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Miami was ranked No. 20 nationally in total defense (up from No. 69 the previous year), No. 9 in yards per play (No. 86 in 2015), No. 12 in scoring defense (No. 77 in 2015), No. 5 in tackles for loss (No. 105 in 2015), No. 22 in team sacks (No. 70 in 2015) and tied for No. 8 in defensive touchdowns allowed (No. 61 in 2015).

Banda spent the 2015 season at Mississippi State, where he served as a defensive assistant under current Hurricanes defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.

In 2015, Mississippi State posted a 9-4 record, including a victory over NC State in the Belk Bowl. The Bulldogs’ defensive unit held opponents to just 23.2 points per game and ranked in the nation’s top 10 in red zone defense.

In addition, MSU led the nation in fewest pass plays of 20+ yards allowed in 2015, surrendering only 24. Despite several key injuries to seniors, the secondary ranked fourth in the Southeastern Conference in passes defended with 63.

Before arriving in Starkville, Banda spent three seasons as a defensive graduate assistant at Texas from 2012-15. He filled a variety of roles, from scripting practices and organizing scouting reports to assisting with the defensive backs. He also worked with both head coach Charlie Strong and former head coach Mack Brown.

Banda was an instrumental part of the Longhorns defense staff during his time at Texas.

In 2014, Banda’s assistance to the defensive staff guided the Longhorns to the nation’s 24th-best ranking in total defense. The 2014 Texas squad also ranked No. 1 in scoring defense, No. 2 in total defense, No. 1 pass defense and No. 1 pass defense efficiency.

In 2012, Banda assisted with the game plan that allowed Texas to set an Alamo Bowl record with 10 sacks in the win over No. 13 Oregon State.

Under Banda’s assistance in 2012, Texas also featured a defensive unit that allowed just 212.0 passing yards per game, while facing five of the nation’s top-10 passing offenses that season.

In addition to his work on defense, Banda also assisted with the Longhorn special teams.

During his tenure at Texas, Banda coached first-round NFL Draft pick Kenny Vaccaro.

Banda is a graduate of Incarnate Word in San Antonio. He got his coaching start there after his playing days in 2011.

Banda and his wife Crystal have a son, Darian, and a daughter, Aamani.

Assistant Coach / Outside Linebackers / Special Teams
Jonathan Patke

Jonathan Patke is entering his second season as Miami's outside linebackers coach in 2019 and first as special teams coordinator.

Patke joined the Miami football coaching staff before the start of spring practice in 2016 and served as the team’s quality control analyst for Hurricanes’ defensive unit for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He was elevated to outside linebackers coach prior to the 2018 season, where Miami's defense ranked among the nation's best in several categories.

The Hurricanes were ranked No. 4 in total defense in 2018 and were No. 1 in team tackles for loss, passing yards allowed and third down defense.

In Patke's second season as a quality control analyst in 2017, the Hurricanes ranked among the nation's leaders in several defensive categories, including first nationally in team sacks, third nationally in tackles for loss and ninth nationally in opponent yards per play. Thanks in large part to its dominating defense, Miami also ranked No. 5 nationally in turnover margin, No. 8 nationally in fumbles recovered and No. 15 nationally in passes intercepted.

Miami's defense served as one of the top units both in the ACC and nationally in Patke's first season at Miami in 2016.

At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Miami was ranked No. 20 nationally in total defense (up from No. 69 the previous season), No. 9 in yards per play (No. 86 in 2015), No. 12 in scoring defense (No. 77 in 2015), No. 5 in tackles for loss (No. 105 in 2015), No. 22 in team sacks (No. 70 in 2015) and tied for No. 8 in defensive touchdowns allowed (No. 61 in 2015).

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.

In his former role, Patke worked directly with Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and assisted with the Hurricane linebackers.

In addition, Patke broke down film and provided scouting reports to the defensive staff.

Patke arrived in Coral Gables after he spent the 2015 season at Mississippi State where he also worked with Diaz on the defensive side of the ball, serving as a graduate assistant.

During his lone season in Starkville, Patke helped guide the Bulldogs to a 9-4 record and a victory in the 2015 Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C. In addition, the Bulldogs’ set the school record for tackles for loss and ranked 10th nationally during the 2015 campaign.

Before joining the coaching staff at Mississippi State, Patke also worked with Diaz at Louisiana Tech during the 2014 campaign and helped guide the Bulldogs to a 9-5 record. Louisiana Tech also captured the 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl, defeating Illinois 35-18.

Louisiana Tech defensive unit ranked No. 1 in the country in turnovers gained and interceptions. The Bulldogs also ranked second nationally in tackles for loss.

Patke began his coaching career in 2011 at University of The Incarnate Word, working with current Miami safety coach Ephraim Banda. He spent two years at UIW and earned his master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on sports management.

Patke received his undergraduate degree in business administration from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2008. He also played linebacker at SFA for four years (2004-08) and was a three-year starter.

Assistant Coach / Offensive Line
Butch Barry

Butch Barry joined the University of Miami football program in January 2019, accepting the position of offensive line coach.

Barry spent the past four seasons as the assistant offensive line coach for the National Football League’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He previously coached five seasons at Central Michigan under new Hurricanes offensive coordinator/quarterbacks Dan Enos.

Barry helped the Buccaneers average 415.5 yards per game in 2018, good for third in the NFL. In 2017, Tampa Bay amassed 352 first downs, which ranked second in the league, and tackle Donovan Smith started all 16 games for the third consecutive season, joining Paul Gruber as the only players in franchise history to start all 48 games in their first three seasons.

In 2016, Tampa Bay’s offensive line helped the Buccaneers convert a franchise-record 43.9 percent of their third-down attempts. In 2015, his first season with the team, Barry assisted an offensive line that featured two rookie starters, but still managed to block for the NFL’s second-leading rusher (Doug Martin – 1,402 yards) and tied for the fourth-fewest sacks allowed in the league.

Prior to his stint with the Buccaneers, Barry spent five seasons at Central Michigan, serving as offensive line coach in 2014 after coaching the tight ends from 2010-13. In 2014, Barry’s unit paved the way for a 1,000-yard season by running back Thomas Rawls. As tight ends coach, Barry headed a group that combined for 63 receptions for 644 yards and six touchdowns over 2012-13, while helping CMU record another 1,000-yard rusher in Zurlon Tipton, who finished with 1,492 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2012.

Barry began his coaching career with the Chippewas as a graduate assistant in 2002-03 prior to coaching stops at Southwest Minnesota State University (2004-05), Michigan Tech University (2006-08) and North Greenville University (2009).

Barry played offensive line at CMU, earning Academic All-Mid-American Conference honors as a senior. He and his wife, Andrea, have two daughters, Aislin and Bridget, and a son, Finn.

Assistant Coach / Tight Ends
Stephen Field

Stephen Field joined the University of Miami football program in January 2019, accepting the position of tight ends coach.

Field spent last season as the Director of Recruiting at Oregon, where he helped the Ducks land the top-ranked class in school history. Oregon’s 2019 class was ranked first in the Pacific-12 Conference and ninth nationally by 247 Sports.

In 2017, Field served as Louisville’s Director of High School Relations and NFL Liaison, helping the Cardinals sign 19 student-athletes during the initial early signing period, eight of which enrolled in January. The 2018 signing class featured a school-best 11 four-star recruits and a pair of Under Armour All-Americans.

Field came to Louisville after serving one season as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida A&M. Prior to joining the staff at FAMU, Field was a highly decorated head football coach and offensive coordinator at North Marion Senior High in 2014-15.

Field was named the 2015 Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) Coach of the Year, guiding North Marion to the regional quarterfinals, after his squad led the county in passing, rushing and scoring. Field was also selected as the offensive coordinator in the 2015 Offense-Defense All-American game in Orlando, Fla., and produced six players selected to play in the All-American game, a Marion County record.

Prior to his stint at North Marion, Field served as head coach and offensive coordinator at Miami Northwestern High (2012-14), where he restored the perennial prep power to prominence, guiding them to a regional appearance in his first season. During his tenure at Northwestern, 46 players earned scholarships, including future Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns.

Field coached running backs for three seasons at Hampton University (2009-11), in addition to serving as recruiting coordinator, run game coordinator and director of operations. He helped the Pirates produce two top 10 MEAC rushers during that stretch.

Before his stint at Hampton, Field coached two years at UM (2007-08) on the defensive side of the ball, working with future NFL draft picks like Kenny Phillips, Tavares Gooden, Sean Spence, Darryl Sharpton, Brandon Harris and Allen Bailey.

In 2005-06, Field was the offensive run game coordinator, running backs coach and academic coach at Glades Central High in Belle Glade, Fla.While at Glades Central, he coached back-to-back 1,000 yard rushers in Aston Samuels and Damien Berry. In 2006, Glades Central won the Class 3A championship.

Field also spent a season at Deerfield Beach High, where he coached 1,000-yard rusher Roderick Ferguson, and four years at Miami Central High, where he coached the top two statistical ranking wide receivers in Dade County in 2002 (Willie Foster, Marcus Daniels).

Field was a two-time all-state selection at Palm Beach Lakes High, helping them to the only undefeated season in school history.He played tight end for two seasons at Tuskegee University. Field later earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from University of Phoenix, and a master's degree in liberal studies from UM.

A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., Field has a daughter, Le'ah Skye Field.

Assistant Coach / Running Backs
Eric Hickson

Eric Hickson joined the University of Miami football program in January 2019, accepting the position of running backs coach.

A native of Ft. Lauderdale, Hickson comes to UM after spending the 2018 season as running backs coach at his alma mater Kansas State.

In 2018, Hickson helped Wildcats junior running back Alex Barnes lead the Big 12 with 1,355 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Overall, Kansas State ranked third in the conference in rushing, averaging 182.6 yards per game.

Prior to his one-year coaching stint in Manhattan, Hickson spent three seasons as the running backs coach at Akron, where he helped the Zips earn a pair of bowl berths, including the 2017 campaign in which Akron won the MAC East Division and played in the Boca Raton Bowl.

Hickson joined the Zips after serving as the interim head coach, running backs coach and outgoing recruiting coordinator at Garden City (KS) Community College in 2014. Prior to joining the Broncbusters, Hickson coached at Emmerich Manual High School in Indianapolis for two seasons, serving as the head coach his last year. He launched his coaching career in the high school ranks in South Florida, first as assistant head coach at Coral Springs Charter School (2003-06) and then as running backs and special teams coach at American Heritage (2007-11).

Hickson left Kansas State in 1998 as the school's all-time leading rusher with 2,537 yards and 26 touchdowns, marks that still rank fifth and seventh in program history, respectively. A three-year starter and two-time team captain, Hickson led the Wildcats in rushing during the 1995, 1997 and 1998 seasons. He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 1999, and eventually played in the XFL and Arena Football League.

Hickson and his wife Keisha have one son, Eric, Jr.

Assistant Coach / Cornerbacks
Mike Rumph

Mike Rumph is entering his fourth season as the Hurricanes’ cornerbacks coach.

Continuing the impressive trends from Rumph’s first year on the defensive staff in 2016, the Hurricanes ranked among the nation’s leaders in several defensive categories in 2017, including first nationally in team sacks, third nationally in tackles for loss, ninth nationally in opponent yards per play and 15th nationally in passes intercepted

Three members of the Hurricanes secondary earned All-ACC recognition in 2017: Michael Jackson (second team), Jaquan Johnson (second team) and Malek Young (honorable mention).

Miami’s defensive backfield enjoyed vast improvements under Rumph’s guidance in 2016.

Senior defensive back Corn Elder earned ACSMA All-ACC second-team honors and served as one of Miami’s top defensive playmakers.

At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Miami was ranked No. 20 nationally in total defense (up from No. 69 the previous season), No. 9 in yards per play (No. 86 in 2015), No. 12 in scoring defense (No. 77 in 2015), No. 5 in tackles for loss (No. 105 in 2015), No. 22 in team sacks (No. 70 in 2015) and tied for No. 8 in defensive touchdowns allowed (No. 61 in 2015).

Rumph, a member of the Hurricanes’ 2001 national championship team, returned to his alma mater after spending the previous three seasons as the head coach at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla.

During his three seasons as head coach, Rumph guided the Patriots to three straight Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) state playoff appearances and compiled an overall record of 39-6 in one of Florida’s most competitive districts.

Rumph wasted little time making his mark on the local high school coaching scene, as his 2013 and 2014 squads claimed 5A FHSAA State Championships, defeating its opponents by a combined score of 104-8 in the final game. American Heritage became just the second school in Broward County history to win back-to-back state football championships.

In 2013 and 2014, Rumph was recognized for his work on the sidelines as he was selected as a coach for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

Before taking over as the head coach at American Heritage, Rumph served as the team’s defensive coordinator for two seasons.

In addition, Rumph served as the boys and girls track and field head coach. In 2011, his boys and girls track and field teams captured the state championship. Following the year, Rumph was named the 2011 Miami Herald Track and Field Coach of the Year.

As a player at the University of Miami, Rumph earned all-conference honors during his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, Rumph finished with 117 tackles and six interceptions as he helped the Hurricanes to the 2001 National Championship.

Following the 2001 campaign, Rumph was selected in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft with the 27th overall selection by the San Francisco 49ers. He played four seasons in San Francisco before concluding his pro career in 2006 with the Washington Redskins.

Rumph and his wife, Veronica, have two children: Jalen and Sienna.

Assistant Coach / Wide Receivers
Taylor Stubblefield

Taylor Stubblefield joined the University of Miami football program in January 2019, accepting the position of wide receivers coach.

A record-setting wide receiver during his playing days at Purdue, Stubblefield comes to UM after two seasons as wide receivers coach at the Air Force Academy.

Stubblefield’s receivers averaged 17.7 yards per catch over his two seasons in Colorado Springs. In 2018, senior Marcus Bennett caught 24 passes for 465 yards and three scores and finished his career with an average of 21.6 yards per catch, ranking fifth in Falcons history.

In 2016, Stubblefield coached wide receivers for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, helping Kenny Shaw top the 1,000-yard receiving mark on 77 receptions.

Prior to his CFL stint, Stubblefield had college coaching stops at Utah (2014-15), Wake Forest (2013), New Mexico (2012), Central Michigan (2011), Illinois State (2009-10), Eastern Michigan (2008) and Central Washington (2007).

During his season in Winston-Salem, Stubblefield helped Michael Campanaro earn second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors. Stubblefield coached under Hurricanes offensive coordinator Dan Enos at CMU, where he coached three third-team all-Mid-American Conference receivers in Titus Davis, Courtney Williams and Cody Wilson. In his two years at Illinois State, Stubblefield coached three all-Missouri Valley Football Conference players, including first-team wide receiver Eyad Salem, who set a school record for receptions in a season with 92.

As a wide receiver at Purdue, Stubblefield was a consensus All-America selection and a 2004 finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation’s outstanding receiver. He finished his career (2001-04) with a then-NCAA record 316 receptions, ranking second in Big Ten history with 3,629 receiving yards. His 16 receiving touchdowns in 2004 are a Boilermakers single-season record.

After graduating from Purdue in 2005, Stubblefield had professional stints with the National Football League’s Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams as well as the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Stubblefield and his wife, Lisa, have a son, Jagger.

Director of Player Development / Offense
Jorge Baez

Jorge Baez is entering his fifth season with the Miami Hurricanes' football program, currently serving as the Director of Player Development for the offense.

Prior to his appointment as Director of Player Development / Offense, Baez was the Hurricanes' Assistant Director of Player Personnel/Recruiting Operations in 2016.

In 2015, Baez held the role of Director of On-Campus Recruiting with the Hurricanes' football program.

Baez spent the 2014 season with Miami as the program’s Assistant Director of Player Personnel. In this capacity, Baez assisted with recruiting and gameday operations.

The Miami native also spent the 2003-05 seasons under head coach Larry Coker. During his three seasons with the Hurricanes, Baez gained valuable experience as he assisted in a variety of capacities and helped Miami make three-straight bowl appearances, including the 2003 FedEx Orange Bowl, while the Hurricanes posted a record of 31-7 during that stint.

Prior to joining the Hurricanes staff in 2014, Baez spent the 2013 season as Gulliver Prep’s offensive coordinator.

Before arriving at Gulliver Prep, Baez spent two seasons at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.

During his two-year stint at Southern University, Baez served as the program’s co-passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach.

In his first season as the program’s wide receiver’s coach, Baez made an immediate impact on the performance of the Southern receiving corps as the passing offense ranked No. 28 nationally and No. 1 in the SWAC, averaging 248.0 yards per game.

In his two seasons at Southern, Baez tutored three All-SWAC wide receivers (Mike Berry – 11, LaQuiton Evans – 11 and Lee Doss – 12’). In addition, Baez recruited and coached All-American wide receiver and Miami native Willie Quinn.

Before his arrival at Southern, Baez served as the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn.

Prior to Baez’ stop at Lambuth, the energetic coach held stints guiding prospects to successful collegiate and professional careers.

In 2009, Baez mentored a pair of record-setting receivers at Ole Miss in Shay Hodge and Dexter McCluster. Hodge and McCluster would eventually go on to earn First Team All-SEC honors. Hodge became the first player in Ole Miss history to top 1,000 yards receiving (1,135) and led the SEC in both yards and catches (70), while ranking third in the conference with eight TD receptions. He finished as the Ole Miss all-time leader in receiving yards.

A dual-purpose threat, McCluster became the first SEC player ever with 1,000 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving in the same season. He ended his career No. 2 on the Ole Miss all-time all-purpose yardage list.

In 2008, Baez helped Houston Nutt’s Rebels reverse their fortunes, as the team posted a 9-4 record, won the Cotton Bowl and earned a No. 14 final national ranking.

In his second season with the Rebels, Baez mentored a Rebel receiving corps that produced current Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace. Wallace entered the NFL after he was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third-round.

Baez went on to coach one season at the prep level before arriving in Oxford. He served as the receivers coach at Miami Palmetto High School in 2006 before holding the same post at Gulliver Prep in spring 2007.

As a player, Baez competed for Upper Iowa University 1998-2000 and later earned a bachelor’s degree in 2003 from Florida International University, where he also worked one season with the football staff as a student assistant.

Baez is married to the former Laura Jaca, and the couple has two sons, Robert and Jorge Baez, and a daughter, Chloe.

Assistant Director / Player Development
Alex Devine

Alex Devine begins his third season as the Hurricanes’ defensive line graduate assistant in 2018.

Devine arrived in Coral Gables in 2016 following two seasons as a student assistant at Mississippi State.

During his two seasons as a student assistant, Devine worked primarily with the Bulldogs’ defensive line.

Devine played two seasons at Mississippi Delta Community College where he started at offensive line during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

The Winona, Miss. native earned his degree in sport studies from Mississippi State in 2015.

Director of Player Personnel
Andy Vaughn

Andy Vaughn joined the Miami Hurricanes football program in March of 2019 and serves as the Hurricanes' director of player personnel.

Vaughn came to Miami after spending the 2018 season at Arizona, where he was the Wildcats' senior director of recruiting and high school relations. Prior to Arizona, Vaughn spent three years at Nebraska as director of football & recruiting operations, where he was responsible for spearheading all aspects of the Cornhuskers football program related to recruiting.

Vaughn spent three seasons (2012-2014) at Nevada as the Wolf Pack's director of player personnel. He arrived at Nevada after a successful four-year run at Middle Tennessee State, where he was the coordinator of player personal. At MTSU, Vaughn's duties included all NCAA compliance-related activities for the Blue Raider football program, assisting the recruiting coordinator in all phases of the day-to-day planning and execution, and overseeing all football camp activities.

A South Carolina native, Vaughn was on the staff at Clemson, where he served as an assistant for football operations, assisting in administrative operations, travel logistics, recruiting, and community relations. Vaughn also developed a high school relations program for the Tigers while serving as the team liaison for the 2005 Champs Sports Bowl.

Vaughn was also a member of the Clemson staff in 2003 as a recruiting assistant. During both tenures at Clemson, Vaughn helped the Tigers land nationally ranked top-25 recruiting classes.

Prior to joining the Clemson staff, Vaughn was a letterwinner at North Greenville University, where he played on the first bowl team in school history.

Vaughn earned a degree in sports management and business administration from North Greenville University in 2003. He also has a master's degree in physical education and sports administration from Florida State University (2005).

Vaughn and his wife, Jahna, have a son, Brayden, and a daughter, Kennedy.

Director of Recruiting
David Cooney

David Cooney, who has deep roots in the south Florida football community, is in his first season as the Miami Hurricanes' director of recruiting.

Prior to his current role, Cooney spent two seasons as a quality control analyst for the Hurricanes football program, assisting with wide receivers.

Before his arrival to Coral Gables, Cooney served as offensive coordinator for the Miami Southridge Spartans, who won the 2016 8A state championship under his guidance.

Assistant Director / Recruiting
Demarcus Van Dyke

DeMarcus Van Dyke is entering his first season as assistant director of recruiting after spending 2018 as a defensive quality control analyst for the Miami Hurricanes football program.

Van Dyke, who played six seasons in the NFL, graduated from Miami in 2010. He was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft after a standout playing career with the Hurricanes.

The Miami Gardens, Fla., native spent the 2017 season as cornerbacks coach at ASA College in Miami. Van Dyke and his wife, Kiawana Griffin-Van Dyke, live in Miramar. The couple has a son, DeMarcus, Jr., 7, and daughter, Kai, 1.

Director of Football Operations
Don Corzine

Former Arizona Cardinals scout Don Corzine is in his seventh year as the Director of Operations for the University of Miami football program.

In his current role, Corzine oversees the day-to-day operations of the Miami football team with responsibilities including team travel, staff coordination and budget control. Corzine additionally directs all efforts behind the scenes for the Mark Richt Football Camps.

Prior to joining the Hurricanes’ staff, Corzine had spent the previous seven years with the Arizona Cardinals and was the organization’s east coast scout for the last four years. He joined the organization in June 2005 as its northeast scout.

Prior to his jump to the NFL, Corzine served as the Director of Football Operations at Connecticut from 2000-2005 under then-head coach Randy Edsall. While at UConn, Corzine was responsible for coordinating team travel, pre-season camp and player housing. He also designed and implemented a recruiting evaluation system, while organizing and coordinating clinics and recruiting visits.

Before being named Director of Football Operations at UConn, he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Huskies from March 1999 to May 2000. During his six-year tenure in Storrs, Conn., he directed the Randy Edsall Football Camp; he organized and administered housing, budgeting and scheduling for the camp, while also hiring and assigning camp staff.

A native of Canton, Ohio, Corzine graduated from Indiana University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management. Following graduation, he spent eight months as a graduate assistant at Ball State.

Assistant Director / Football Operations
Justin Wells

Justin Wells is entering his fifth year on the Miami Hurricanes’ football staff and his third as assistant director of football operations.

In his current capacity, Wells coordinates the day-to-day responsibilities of the football program and oversees the football operations intern program, among other duties. Wells also assists with travel coordination (including hotels, airfare and buses), serves as liaison between Miami Football and the rest of the athletics department, oversees all of the Manny Diaz Football Camps and handles all purchasing for football.

Wells spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons at Miami as a football operations assistant, where he was responsible for assisting with day-to-day operations and coordinating the team's nutrition following practice. During the 2014 season, Wells served as a football operations volunteer with the Hurricanes.

Wells arrived in Coral Gables after a stint with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League in Phoenix, Ariz. During his time with the Rattlers, Wells worked with football operations, scouting and equipment.

A native of Beacon Falls, Conn., Wells graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2013 with a degree in sport management and a minor in business.

During his time as a student at UConn, Wells worked two years in the Huskies’ athletics department, serving as an event operations intern.