Here's 5 things to know about new Miami offensive coordinator Josh Gattis
Miami is hiring Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis for its vacant OC job, per multiple reports.
Gattis has spent the last three seasons at Michigan, but he also has deep ties to the South and to the ACC. He’s an award-winning coordinator who has worked under some of the best head coaches in the game.
Here’s five things to know about Gattis:
Broyles Award Winner
Gattis won the 2021 Broyles Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach. Recent winners of this award have included Joe Brady, Lincoln Riley, Steve Sarkisian, Brent Venables and Kirby Smart, amongst others. Michigan’s offense gained 6.39 yards per play in 2021, which ranked third in the Big Ten.
Improved every year he was at Michigan
That yards-per-play number increased every season he was at Michigan. The Wolverines offense steadily improved over his three-year tenure.
Michigan's Yards-Per-Play under Josh Gattis…
2021: 6.39 pic.twitter.com/W3QQrEQy7f
— Saturday Road (@SaturdayRoad) February 6, 2022
Gattis played at Wake Forest
Gattis has roots in the ACC. He’s originally from Durham, North Carolina, and played safety at Wake Forest. The Jacksonville Jaguars selected him in the 5th round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
He made 5 interceptions on Wake Forest’s famous 2006 team, which was arguably the best in school history. That season, Wake won the ACC and played in the Orange Bowl. It was the Demon Deacons’ lone 10-win season in program history before they did it again in 2021.
His mentors include Nick Saban and James Franklin
Gattis is only 38, but he’s already worked for some of college football’s best coaches. In addition to a three-year run at Michigan under Jim Harbaugh, he’s also coached under Nick Saban and James Franklin.
He was Alabama’s passing game coordinator in 2018 before leaving for Ann Arbor. Prior to that, he spent the previous six years working for Franklin at Vanderbilt (2012-13) and Penn State (2014-17).
Felt “not wanted” at Michigan
His relationship with the Michigan administration — or lack thereof — is perhaps the biggest reason why he’s now at Miami. According to reports, Gattis indicated to Michigan players that he was “not wanted” by the Wolverines’ administration.
This comes just days after Jim Harbaugh was reportedly trying to land an NFL head coaching job.
Regardless of the circumstances, Gattis is a proven play-caller and has the reputation of an elite recruiter. First-year Canes head coach Mario Cristobal seems to have hit a home run with this hire.