Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley officially confirmed former Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco will join the Sooners football staff this season.
Riley welcomed Diaco to his team in a tweet on Monday as the Sooners continue with spring practices.
Welcome Coach Bob Diaco to our football staff! Excited to get a chance to work with him!
— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) March 26, 2018
News of Diaco joining Oklahoma’s staff was initially reported on March 15 by SoonerScoop.com’s Carey Murdock.
It was originally reported Diaco would join the staff as a defensive analyst. Riley did not specify Diaco’s role at Oklahoma, however, in his tweet.
Regardless, it’s another major hire for Riley, who’s already added assistant head coach Shane Beamer and strength-and-conditioning coach Bennie Wylie this offseason.
Diaco joins the Sooners staff after serving as Nebraska’s defensive coordinator for one season.
Before his one year in Lincoln, Neb., Diaco was Connecticut’s head coach from 2014-2016. He went 11-26 in three seasons and made only one bowl-game appearance.
Despite his not-so-glowing tenure with UConn, Diaco is still a respected defensive mind.
He served as Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator from 2010-2013. His earned the 2012 Broyles Award, which is an honor annually presented to the nation’s top assistant coach, for his efforts with the Fighting Irish.
Diaco will hopefully bolster Oklahoma’s defensive staff, which regularly came under fire last season for some of its mediocre defensive efforts.