Mario Cristobal quickly hires Lance Guidry as Miami football defensive coordinator

Dec. 26, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 26, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports /

Mario Cristobal acted quickly hiring Lance Guidry away from Tulane as the new defensive coordinator for the Miami football program. Guidry had only been with Tulane for three weeks before Cristobal reached out to him to quickly replaced Kevin Steele. Multiple sites broke the story about Guidry to Miami.

Guidry was most recently the defensive coordinator in the last two years at Marshall before leaving for Tulane. Prior to Marshall Guidry had a stint as the head coach at FCS McNeese state where he led the Cowboys to a 22-13 record and as the safeties coach at Florida Atlantic in 2020.

Marshall had one of the best defenses in the country in 2022. The Thundering Hurd finished sixth nationally allowing 16.0 points per game, eighth allowing 294.5 yards per game, fourth in run defense at 93.0 yards per game and 27th against the pass allowing 201.5 yards per game. Those are significantly lower than Miami in 2022.

Guidry was a defensive back at McNeese State from 1990-93. Guidry began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for the Cowboys in 1994. The first full coaching role for Guidry began as the DBs coach at Leesville High School in Louisiana in 1995 and ’96. Guidry should provide Miami with recruiting connections in Louisiana.

The DC job at Tulane provided Guidry with a chance to return to his home state. Miami will provide Guidry with his first opportunity to work at a Power Five program. Although it was limited to bowl games, Guidry has served as the interim coach at Miami (Ohio) and Western Kentucky, finishing 1-1.

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Filing the defensive coordinator position less than 48 hours after Kevin Steele was hired by Alabama allows Cristobal to continue to focus on hiring a new offensive coordinator. Eleven days after firing Josh Gattis, the Miami football program is still looking for a new OC. Cristobal has reportedly interviewed two candidates.