Thursday Evening Feb 2nd, 2017
Topic: Defensive Fundamentals - Tackling
UConn head coach Bob Diaco is in his third season in charge of the Husky program in 2016. Since being named the 30th head football coach at UConn on December 12, 2013, Diaco has touched every facet of the program and has built a strong foundation for a championship future at UConn -- starting with last season's appearance in the St. Petersburg Bowl.
Under Diaco's watch in 2015, UConn finished the season ranked 33rd in the country in total defense, which led the American Athletic Conference. The Huskies were also 15th nationally in scoring defense (19.5 ppg), which led the American, and was seventh nationally and first in the conference in red zone defense.
The 2015 St. Petersburg Bowl was the ninth post-season game he coached in, including the BCS title game with Notre Dame in 2012 and the Sugar Bowl with Cincinnati in 2010. He played in three bowl games as a student-athlete at Iowa.
He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection at Iowa as a linebacker under Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry and was named the team's co-MVP in 1995, starting in all 23 games over his junior and senior seasons.
Diaco served on the Notre Dame coaching staff as the defensive coordinator from 2010-13 and the assistant head coach in 2012-13. He was the 2012 winner of the Frank Broyles Award, given to the top assistant college football coach in the country and was a semifinalist for the award in 2011. Diaco also served at Virginia (2006-08) as the linebackers and special teams coordinator and Cincinnati (2009) as the defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach before joining the Notre Dame staff.
Coach Diaco began his coaching as a graduate assistant at his alma mater and then served on the staffs of Western Illinois, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan.