UCONN Hires Diaco as Football Coach

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco has agreed to become the new head football coach at Connecticut, the school announced Thursday.

The 40-year-old Diaco has reportedly signed a five-year contract worth approximately $1.5 million per year.

Diaco spent the last four years with the Fighting Irish and was named the Frank Broyles Award winner in 2012 as the nation’s top assistant coach. During that season Diaco led Notre Dame to the second best defense in the country in scoring, allowing less than 13 points per game en route to an appearance in the national title game.

Diaco is the second Notre Dame assistant to leave this season. Offensive coordinator Chuck Martin agreed to become the head coach at Miami (Ohio) earlier this month.

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