Miami Adds Cristobal To Staff

The Miami Hurricanes have added Mario Cristobal to the staff.

Cristobal has replaced George McDonald, who took the wide receivers coaching job at Arkansas. Cristobal will coach tight ends at Miami and Brennan Carroll will now coach the receivers.

Cristobal will also hold the title of Associate Head Coach.

Cristobal joins Miami after posting a 27-47 record as the head coach at Florida International, where he led the Golden Panthers to their first two bowl games in school history. Cristobal took over a FIU program that was coming off a 0-12 season. His best season came in 2011 when FIU finished with an 8-5 record.

In 2012, FIU entered the season with the greatest expectations in the young program's history and finished with a 3-9 record.

Prior to taking the head coach job at FIU, Cristobal served as an assistant at Miami from 2004-06. He served as the UM tight ends coach in 2004-05 and then became UM's offensive line coach in 2006.

Cristobal was an assistant at Rutgers from 2001-03. He was a critical factor in Rutgers' resurgence to competitiveness and helped lay the foundation in recruiting and coaching for a program that went from obscurity to college football's upper echelon in a matter of five years. During Cristobal's tenure at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights improved from records of 2-9 and 1-11 to a 5-7 mark in 2003, the school's best record since 1998. One of Cristobal's brightest pupils was tight end L.J. Smith, the Philadelphia Eagles' second-round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft and current starter.
It was at Rutgers that Cristobal put the first notches in his belt as a full-time coach and his talent as a coach and recruiter was recognized.

A 1993 graduate of Miami, he was a four-year letterman and member of the Hurricanes' football team from 1988-92. As a senior, Cristobal earned All-Big East honors as an offensive tackle in 1992. He went on to a professional career before joining the coaching ranks. Cristobal signed with Denver Broncos as an undrafted rookie in 1994 and played for the NFL Europe's Amsterdam Admirals in 1995 and 1996 before beginning his coaching career.

He joined the Miami Hurricanes staff in 1998 as a graduate assistant, working with the Hurricanes for three seasons (1998-2000) as the Miami program posted a 29-8 record, winning three bowl games and a pair of Big East Conference championships.

Cristobal's Coaching Career

2007-12 Florida International (head coach)
2006 University of Miami (offensive line)
2004-05 University of Miami (tight ends)
2001-03 Rutgers University (tight ends, offensive line)
1998-2000 University of Miami (graduate assistant)

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