Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz has chosen former Alabama associate head coach and quarterbacks coach Dan Enos to serve as offensive coordinator.
In announcing the hiring, Diaz said, “Dan was a guy that was the No. 1 choice all along. It was a long process in order to get it secured, obviously with [Alabama] playing in the national championship game. That changed our timetable and the ability to be able to finish the deal.”
He added, “…this is the guy that met every requirement of what we were looking for as an offensive coordinator and the most exciting thing is that he believes in the University of Miami. He believes in what we can accomplish here and is really excited to get down here and get going.”
Enos’ history certainly gives Canes fans a reason to be optimistic. A 28-year coaching veteran, he has worked as an assistant coach at Michigan, Arkansas, Michigan State and Cincinnati. In addition, he was head coach at Central Michigan from 2010 through 2014.
He said, “I couldn’t be more excited to join a program as rich in tradition as the University of Miami. Coach Diaz has a clear vision for this program as we move forward and it’s an honor to help build the Hurricanes in his image. This was an opportunity I felt I couldn’t pass up.”
During his three-year tenure as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, the Razorbacks set a single-season record for first downs (305). They also set the record for completion percentage (.658). Last season, Alabama ranked first nationally in team passing efficiency.
Last season, Miami’s offense averaged just 358.8 yards per game. That ranked them 105th in the country. Their 5.6 yards per play put them at 75th among FBS teams. Meanwhile, 167.3 passing yards per game ranked them 113th.
Former Hurricanes coach Mark Richt retired abruptly on December 30. He was the team’s primary play-caller throughout the last season.