The Miami football program officially announced the hiring of Ishmael Aristide as the outside linebackers coach. Aristide returns home to Miami where he grew up before moving to Orlando to attend high school. Aristide spent the last two seasons as a defensive analyst on the Texas A&M staff.
The father of Aristide, Wallace, is the principal at legendary Miami Northwestern High School. Aristide previously coached at Auburn and Mississippi prior to joining the Texas A&M Staff. Prior to his coaching career, Aristide was a backup safety for Purdue from 2009-11 where he earned academic All-American.
Aristide is a young burgeoning coach. In September, 247 Sports named Aristide to their list of 30 under 30 coaches and college football staff members. Aristide is expected to be a tireless recruiter for Miami with connections in South Florida, Dallas and Houston. Aristide’s responsibility as the OLB coach will be working with strikers.
The hiring of Aristide will move former OLB coach Jonathan Patke to work with the ILBs while remaining the special teams coordinator. Hiring Aristide completes an entire remake of the Miami coaching staff this offseason. Patke is the only remaining member of the Hurricanes defensive coaching staff from 2020.
Jess Simpson returns to Miami after two seasons as the defensive tackle coach with the Atlanta Falcons, Travaris Robinson was hired as the defensive backs coach and DeMarcus Van Dyke was promoted from the assistant director of recruiting to cornerbacks coach working under Robinson.
The offensive staff remained intact for Miami after hiring three new coaches during the 2020 offseason. Aristide showed he was a leader at Purdue when he was the runner-up in the election for student body president. Following college, Aristide worked for Deloitte Consulting in Atlanta from 2013-16.
The hiring of Aristide is pending a routine background check. Miami will begin spring practice in less than three weeks. Aristide will have to quickly get to work with a LB corps that underachieved in 2020. Aristide is the latest Miami coach hired that has extensive experience working in the SEC.