February 19, 1973 |
Cedar Grove, New Jersey
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1999–2000||Western Illinois (RB/ST)|
|2001||Eastern Michigan (RB/ST)|
|2002||Eastern Michigan (LB/ST)|
|2003||Eastern Michigan (OLB/ST)|
|2004||Western Michigan (LB/ST)|
|2005||Central Michigan (co-DC/LB)|
|2010||Notre Dame (DC/ILB)|
|2011||Notre Dame (DC/LB)|
|2012–2013||Notre Dame (AHC/DC/LB)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Broyles Award (2012)|
Robert Albert Diaco (born February 19, 1973) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the defensive coordinator at Nebraska. He previously was the head coach of the Connecticut Huskies football team. Prior to coaching at Connecticut, he has been a coach at Western Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Virginia, Cincinnati, and Notre Dame. He played college football at Iowa.
Diaco played college football at the University of Iowa, under head coach Hayden Fry, who described Diaco as "extremely tough, very intelligent". He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection as a linebacker and was named the team’s co-MVP in 1995, starting in all 23 games over his junior and senior seasons. Diaco was teammates with Mike Devlin, Scott Slutzker, Danan Hughes, and Mike Wells.
Diaco was awarded the Broyles Award in 2012, which recognizes the top assistant coach in college football. He already had been a semi-finalist in 2011. In December 2013, Diaco agreed to become the head coach at the University of Connecticut, and was replaced at Notre Dame by Brian VanGorder.
While at Connecticut Diaco coined the term "Civil Conflict" to describe games between Connecticut and the University of Central Florida. This one-way declaration of a "rivalry" was first derided and then ignored by UCF.
Connecticut fired Diaco on December 26, 2016, effective January 2, 2017. His buyout, renegotiated after the 2015 season, was $3.4 million. Media reports indicated that Diaco's refusal to consider former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill for the position of offensive coordinator may have led to his termination. Connecticut hired former head coach Randy Edsall to replace Diaco.
Head coaching record
|Connecticut Huskies (American Athletic Conference) (2014–2016)|
|2015||Connecticut||6–7||4–4||T–3rd (East)||L St. Petersburg|
- Diaco was Fry's bell cow at Iowa Archived March 17, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
- Bob Diaco Captures Broyles Award As Nation's Top Assistant Coach
- Sherman, Rodger (June 1, 2015). "UConn-UCF's new 'Civil Conflict' rivalry trophy is already the country's worst". SBNation.com. Vox Media.
- Fuller, Jim (October 22, 2016). "UConn coach Bob Diaco says loss to UCF 'sickening'". The Middletown Press.
- Jacobs, Jeff (December 28, 2016). "Jeff Jacobs: UConn AD Benedict Reverses Field, Decides Diaco Has To Go". Hartford Courant. Archived from the original on December 28, 2016.
- Anthony, Mike (December 28, 2016). "Randy Edsall Back At UConn: Coach Says He Should Have Done Things Differently When He Left". Hartford Courant. Archived from the original on December 28, 2016.