Miami football hiring experienced SEC coach Ishmael Aristide

Dec 29, 2020; Orlando, FL, USA; Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 29, 2020; Orlando, FL, USA; Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports /

A tweet from Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports reported that the Miami football program is hiring experienced SEC coach Ishmael Aristide to their staff. Aristide is expected to coach strikers with Jonathan Patke moving to inside linebackers after Travis Williams left for Central Florida this week.

Williams is reuniting with Knight head coach Gus Malzahn who he coached under at Auburn. Aristide is originally from Orlando and according to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, his father is the Athletic Director of longtime Hurricanes de-facto feeder school Miami Northwestern. Miami has two 2021 signees from Northwestern.

Aristide has experience coaching at three different SEC schools. Aristide will join the Miami staff from Texas A&M where he has worked since March 2019. Prior to College Station, Aristide was on the Auburn staff from February 2016 to February 2017 and the Mississippi staff for two years before being hired by the Aggies.

The hiring of Aristide should complete the remaking of the Miami defensive staff from 2020. Patke is the only coach remaining on the defensive coaching staff for Miami in 2021. The Hurricanes re-hired Jess Simpson as the defensive line coach from the Atlanta Falcons after leaving Miami in 2019.

Former South Carolina defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson will coach the defensive backs and former Miami assistant director of recruiting DeMarcus Van Dyke will assist Robinson as the cornerbacks coach. The defensive coaching staff for Miami had previously been the same in the two seasons with Manny Diaz as head coach.

Aristide was named to the 247 Sports list of 30 under 30 list of coaches and college football staff under the age of 30. Praised by 247, Aristide has helped Texas A&M sign players from South Florida, Dallas and Houston. Aristide becomes the second coach on the Miami staff with ties to Texas.

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Miami Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee previously held the same job at Southern Methodist in Dallas. Multiple players on the Miami football roster are from Texas led by quarterback D’Eriq King. The Hurricanes signed four-star tight end Elijah Arroyo from Frisco, Texas.