Podcast: Cristobal fills Miami’s coaching staff with experience

For very different reasons, there are few assistant coaches more accomplished than the new Miami Hurricanes coordinators.

Although he’s only 38, Josh Gattis, who officially took over as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach on Wednesday, won the Broyles Award last year as the nation’s top assistant coach and previously served as OC for two college football playoff teams, including the Michigan Wolverines. season.

At 63, Kevin Steele, who officially took over as defensive coordinator on Wednesday, coached in college for five different decades, spent four seasons as Baylor Bears coach and was a Broyles runner-up in 2017. when he was the CD of the Auburn Tigers. .

Coach Mario Cristobal came to Miami with the promise that the school would spend big on football and it shows with his coaching staff. In a new episode of the Eye on the U podcast, David Wilson and Susan Miller Degnan, the Hurricanes beat the writer for the Miami Herald, break down a series of new signings, headlined by the additions of Gattis and Steele.

Cristobal said he only wants ‘home hires’ and on paper these two qualify with the experience they bring to Coral Gables and he poached both Big Ten Conference schools to flex some muscle.

His little hires are also intriguing. Although the Hurricanes have yet to officially announce the additions of quarterbacks coach Frank Ponce and defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae, the two new position coaches add some local flavor to the staff. Ponce is from Miami and spent years coaching at local high schools, and Addae is from Tampa and has extensive recruiting experience in South Florida.

Ponce, 50, also qualifies in the experience category and is leaving his job as offensive coordinator for the Appalachian State Mountaineers to become a positional coach — and possibly line up to become his hometown team’s offensive coordinator in the future.

As always, thanks for listening and we’ll be back next week as Cristobal continues to fill out his staff. Until then, please continue to rate, review, and subscribe on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Maryland native David Wilson is the Miami Herald’s duty man for sports coverage.