Bob Diaco hired as Nebraska's defensive coordinator

Bob Diaco hired as Nebraska's defensive coordinator
Posted at 6:08 PM, Jan 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-14 13:00:56-05

Nebraska's head coach Mike Riley announced that Bob Diaco has been hired as the Huskers' defensive coordinator.

“When we began looking for a new defensive coordinator, Bob Diaco quickly rose to the top of the list,” Riley said. “He has coordinated a top-level defense, has proven himself as a great teacher and recruiter, and we are excited to have him join our football program. Bob is an energetic coach and is ready to get started immediately, beginning with hitting the recruiting trail to find future Blackshirts.”

Diaco spent the last three years as the head coach at the University of Connecticut. He was the first head coach in UCONN history to take the Huskies to postseason play only two years into their tenure. In 2015 UCONN's defense led the American Athletic Conference in total defense, ranked 15th nationally in scoring defense and was seventh in the country in red zone defense.

The 2015 St. Petersburg Bowl marked the ninth postseason game for Diaco as a coach. 

Prior to that, the 43-year old was the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame from 2010-2013. In addition to his defensive coordinator role, Diaco was the assistant head coach in 2012 and 2013. During his four seasons the Fighting Irish defense allowed an average of 19.08 points per game, which ranked as the ninth-best average over that time among FBS programs. 

Diaco won the Frank Broyles Award in 2012 as the nations best assistant coach.

Diaco was a two-time All-Big Ten selection at Iowa as a linebacker and was named the team's co-MVP in 1995, starting all 23 games over his junior and senior season. 

“I am honored to join Coach Riley and his staff at the University of Nebraska and am excited to become a part of one of the truly great programs in the history of college football,” Diaco said. “Coach Riley has such great respect from everyone in football, and he is building something special here. I started my college football experience in the Big Ten and am thrilled to be back in this conference. I can’t wait to get to work and help build a championship football program.”


Diaco’s Coaching Resume

2017                     Nebraska, Defensive Coordinator

2014-16               Connecticut, Head Coach

2012-13               Notre Dame, Defensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach

2011                     Notre Dame, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

2010                     Notre Dame, Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers

2009                     Cincinnati, Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers

2006-08               Virginia, Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator

2005                     Central Michigan, Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

2004                     Western Michigan, Linebackers/Special Teams

2003                     Eastern Michigan, Outside Linebackers/Special Teams

2002                     Eastern Michigan, Linebackers/Special Teams

2001                     Eastern Michigan, Running Backs/Special Teams

1999-2000           Western Illinois, Running Backs/Special Teams

1996-1997           Iowa, Graduate Assistant


Bob Diaco File
Hometown: Cedar Grove, N.J.
College: Iowa, 1995
Playing Career: Iowa, 1992-95