Duke has officially hired Manny Diaz as its next head coach.

The Blue Devils announced the hire Thursday evening. Diaz will replace Mike Elko and return to the ACC after two seasons as the defensive coordinator with Penn State. Diaz takes over a program that went 7-5 this season and will play in consecutive bowl games for the first time since 2017-18.

“As our process unfolded, it became abundantly clear that Manny Diaz is the right fit for Duke University and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Manny, Stephanie, and their family into the Duke community,” Duke athletic director Nina King said in a statement. “Manny’s previous experiences have prepared him for this opportunity, and he is, quite simply, an outstanding football coach who will capitalize on the positive momentum of this program. An elite communicator and collaborator, Manny possesses the dynamic ability to cultivate impactful relationships with internal and external constituents surrounding a successful football program. As Duke’s head football coach, I am confident that Manny will lead the young men in our program to reach and surpass their aspirations of achievement both on and off the field.”

This will be the fourth ACC team Diaz has worked with in his career. He was a grad assistant for two seasons with Florida State in 1998 and 1999. He was an assistant in various capacities at NC State from 2000-05.

He bounced around from there — working at Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Texas, and Louisiana Tech — before landing the defensive coordinator job at Miami. He spent three years in that role before ascending to the head coaching position in Coral Gables.

In three seasons as the Hurricanes’ head man, Diaz went 21-15. After a 6-7 season in Year 1, Diaz led Miami to an 8-3 mark during the COVID-altered 2020 campaign. He went 7-5 in 2021 and was dismissed by the school. Miami is 12-12 since.

Diaz, meanwhile, found his footing in Happy Valley leading the nation’s best defense. He was a Broyles Award semifinalist in 2022, and has arguably been better in 2023.

This season, the Nittany Lions gave up just 223.2 yards per game — the fewest by an FBS defense in a season since Alabama in 2011. Penn State ranked third in scoring defense (11.4 a game), second in run defense (2.2 yards per carry allowed), and eighth in turnovers produced (24).

Elko left town to take over the sputtering Texas A&M program, and Diaz will now be tasked with keeping the momentum that Elko created in Durham rolling.

“We are grateful and humbled for this opportunity and could not be more excited to be the head football coach at Duke University,” Diaz said in a statement. “I’d like to give a special thanks to Dr. Price and Nina for their trust in me and our family as well as a true commitment to this program. Duke University is an elite institution in every facet, and we are excited to be a part of it. I’m beyond excited to get to work.”