New Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco will install the same 3-4 defense he used under Brian Kelly at Cincinnati and Notre Dame. Diaco spent the past three seasons as the head coach at UConn.
“I’m looking forward to the staff adding to the system and it becoming ours”, said Diaco. “This is going to become Nebraska’s defense and not my defense.”
Diaco was an All-Big Ten standout at Iowa and also took an official recruiting visit to Nebraska in 1990. His lead recruiter was running backs coach Frank Solich.
“It was the one school that was kind of recruiting me as a fullback, maybe linebacker,” he said. “I met with Coach Kevin Steele when I was here. I had a great visit and a wonderful time and it was a very hard decision.”
Diaco, the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame from 2010-2013, also held the title of assistant head coach in 2012 and 2013. He was the 2012 winner of the Frank Broyles Award, given to the top assistant college football coach in the country and was a semifinalist for the award in 2011.
In 2012, Diaco’s defense ranked among the top 10 in the Football Bowl Subdivision in 12 different categories as Notre Dame played in the BCS National Championship Game and finished with a 12-1 record.