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December 6, 2021

The University of Miami announced the hiring of
Mario Cristobal as head football coach on Monday.

Coach Cristobal, 51, is a native of Miami. He graduated from Columbus High School in Miami. A four-year letterman with the University of Miami Hurricanes football team between 1988 and 1992, Cristobal played for Hall of Fame coach
Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson. During his four seasons, the Hurricanes won two national championships (1989 and 1991) and in 1992 he earned First-Team All-Big East Conference as an offensive tackle. He graduated from Miami in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and later earned a master's degree from Miami in 2001.

He comes back to Miami after a 31-year coaching career, including 10 years as a head coach. He also had coaching stops at Miami, Rutgers and Alabama under such coaches as
Butch Davis, Greg Schiano, Larry Coker and Nick Saban.

At Oregon, coach Cristobal led the Ducks to a 35-13 overall record, including two PAC-12 championships (2019, 2020), two PAC-12 Northern Division championships (2019, 2021), and a Sun Belt Conference championship (2010). He has been named AP Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2019), 247Sports National Recruiter of the Year (2015) and Sun Belt Coach of the Year (2010).   

Coach Cristobal and his wife,
Jessica, were married in June 2006 and have two sons, Mario Mateo and Rocco. Cristobal is a second-generation Cuban-American.

Welcome Home, Mario!

GO Canes!

-article includes excerpts from Wikipedia

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