After constant change almost every year, the Miami football program should return its entire coaching staff in 2024. Defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae, defensive line coach Joe Salave'a and offensive line coach Alex Mirabal are the only Miami football coaches remaining from Mario Cristobal's first staff in 2022.
During the 2023 offseason, Cristobal hired defensive coordinator Kevin Guidry, offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, defensive line coach Jason Taylor, linebackers coach Kevin Nicholson, running backs coach Tim Harris Jr. and wide receivers coach Kevin Beard.
Dawson and Guidry would be the first tandem of coordinators to return to Miami since defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and offensive coordinator Thomas Brown in 2018. Brown and Diaz were the coordinators for Miami during all three seasons under Mark Richt. Richt called offensive plays during all three of his seasons with Miami.
The last time the Miami football staff had continuity was the three years under Richt. Richt was often criticized for not making changes to his staff. Diaz showed he was not afraid to make changes to his staff as Miami's head coach from 2019-2021. Cristobal overhauled his staff after a disastrous inaugural season in 2022.
Beard and Taylor excelled as recruiters in their first year on Cristobal's staff. Taylor is the fifth-ranked recruiter in the 2024 class and Beard is 19th. The continuity of the Miami staff should help Miami continue to thrive in recruiting and adapt to a changing roster through the transfer portal.
Miami lost 13 players to the transfer portal and added eight to this point. Expect Miami to add more players this spring when the portal opens again from April 16 through 30. Cristobal and his staff are building an elite roster. Miami signed the seventh-ranked 2023 class and fourth-ranked 2024 class.
With continuity on the staff and a roster full of blue chip signees in the last two classes, development and production will be critical for Miami in 2024. The addition of Cam Ward at quarterback over the weekend has significantly increased the expectations for Miami in 2024. It's time for Cristobal to deliver.