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Manny Diaz
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Coach Info:
Position: Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Other Position: Linebackers
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Alma Mater: Florida State
Graduating Year: 1995
HOMETOWN: Miami, Fla.
COLLEGE: Florida State University, '95
BIRTHDATE: March 13, 1974
WIFE: Stephanie
CHILDREN: Colin, Gavin and Manny
Coaching Career
2016- Miami Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
2015 Mississippi State Defensive Coordinator
2014 Louisiana Tech Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
2011-13 Texas Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
2010 Mississippi State Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
2008-09 Middle Tennessee State Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
2006-07 Middle Tennessee State Defensive Coordinator / Safeties
2004-05 NC State Safeties / Special Teams
2002-03 NC State Linebackers
2000-01 NC State Graduate Assistant
1998-99 Florida State Graduate Assistant
Bowl Games Coached (16)
2016 Russell Athletic Bowl Miami
2015 Belk Bowl Mississippi State
2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl La. Tech 
2013 Alamo Bowl Texas 
2012 Alamo Bowl Texas 
2011 Holiday Bowl Texas 
2010 Gator Bowl Mississippi State
2009 New Orleans Bowl MTSU
2006 Motor City Bowl MTSU
2005 Meineke Car Care Bowl NC State
2003 Tangerine Bowl NC State
2002 Gator Bowl NC State
2001 Tangerine Bowl NC State
2000 Micron PC NC State
1999 Sugar Bowl FSU
1998 Fiesta Bowl FSU

Manny Diaz is in his second season as the Hurricanes’ defensive coordinator. In addition to his duties as Miami’s defensive coordinator, Diaz coaches the linebackers.

In his first season with the Hurricanes in 2016, Miami’s defense enjoyed vast improvements under Diaz’ watch and served as one of the top units both in the ACC and nationally 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. Three defensive players earned ACSMA All-ACC honors - senior defensive backs Corn Elder (second team) and Rayshawn Jenkins (honorable mention) and Quarterman at linebacker (honorable mention).

Diaz, the son of the former mayor of Miami, Manny Diaz, returned home to South Florida after 18 years of defensive experience. During his 19-year coaching career, Diaz has coached in 16 bowl games, amassing a 13-3 record in bowls, and has coached numerous all-conference and NFL players at six collegiate institutions.

In 2015, Diaz’s defensive unit helped Mississippi State to a 9-4 record and a victory over NC State in the Belk Bowl. His defensive unit 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 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 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 tears 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.