Charlie Strong joins Mario Cristobal’s Miami coaching staff (report)

After a year in the NFL, Charlie Strong is back in college.

The former Texas head coach joins Mario Cristobal’s Miami coaching staff as the Hurricanes’ new linebackers coach, Reporting by ESPN’s Chris Low.

Strong is no stranger to Florida State, having spent from 2003 to 2009 as a defensive assistant on the Florida Gators staff, primarily as a defensive coordinator. Strong was also the Gators’ interim head coach for their 2004 bowl game before the school hired Urban Meyer.

He also spent time in Florida as a graduate assistant in 1983, as an outside linebackers coach from 1988 to 1989, and as a defensive assistant from 1991 to 1994.

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Strong spent all ten seasons, between 2010 and 2019, as a head coach at the collegiate level, ranging from Louisville, Texas to USF. He spent 2020 with Alabama before joining the NFL for a year as Jaguars assistant head coach and inside linebackers coach in 2021.

As a head coach, Strong went 74–52 in his three saves.

However, Strong’s return to college also plays to his strengths as a recruiter, as he has always recruited well in South Florida. As Louisville’s coach, Strong notably recruited quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from the Miami area.

During his freshman year in Miami, Cristobal built his coaching staff from across the country. He landed Michigan OC Josh Gattis for the same position and former Baylor HC Kevin Steele as the team’s defensive coordinator.

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