For a couple of days now it was rumored that Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley was next in line to fill the same position at Miami. It has now been confirmed that he has, in fact, been hired by the University of Miami.
David Lake, of InsideTheU, has confirmed that Coley has in fact been hired by Miami to serve as their next offensive coordinator.
Coley, who replaces Jedd Fisch, spent the last five season in Tallahassee serving as the Noles’ offensive coordinator, however, head coach Jimbo Fisher called the plays on gameday. Serving as the Noles’ primary recruiter, Coley helped comprise two consecutive top-ten recruiting classes in 2008 and 2009, per ESPN.
Coley is a native of Miami, coached at Miami High and grew up in close proximity to the old Orange Bowl. Furthermore, Coley is connected to Miami associate head coach/tight ends coach, Mario Cristobal. During the 2007 season, Coley served as Cristobal’s offensive coordinator at FIU.
Coley’s coaching career per Seminoles.com:
- 1997-99, Miami Senior (QB)
- 2000-02, Miami Norland (OC/QB)
- 2003-04, LSU (GA)
- 2005-06, Miami Dolphins (OA/OQC)
- 2007, FIU (OC/QB)
- 2008-12, FSU (OC/TE/RC)
A complete bio of coach James Coley can be seen here.