Miami adds Charlie Strong to coaching staff as co-defensive coordinator, linebackers coach
Miami added longtime coach Charlie Strong to its defensive coaching staff on Friday.
Strong will serve as the Hurricanes’ co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, the program has announced.
Staff keeps getting STRONGer. Welcome to The U, @CoachStrong_!
— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) March 4, 2022
Strong is a former head coach at Louisville, Texas and South Florida. He has extensive experience as an assistant in the Sunshine State — he’s had three separate stints at the University of Florida, most recently from 2003-09.
Last season, Strong was in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was Urban Meyers’ assistant head coach and linebackers coach with the Jags.
“I’m fired up to add Charlie Strong to our staff as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach,” head coach Mario Cristobal said in a release. “’Coach Strong is an elite football mind and has a tremendous reputation as a coach with championship experience. He also has exceptional acumen as a recruiter. Coach Strong will elevate not only our defense, but our program as a whole, and I can’t wait to see the impact he makes on the culture and DNA of our team.”
Strong struggled as a head coach at Texas and South Florida, but he was once thought of as one of the game’s top assistant coaches. He was a finalist for the Broyles Award in 2009.
Strong will coach alongside defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.
“You look at the history — a foundation has been laid here,” Strong said in a press release. “It’s the championships over the years, the great players over the years and now…everybody wants to see this program take off and everybody expects for this program to be at a different level.”