Miami announced it is hiring Frank Ponce to be its next quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator.

That news came on Friday morning. Ponce has plenty of experience in the Miami area and served as Louisville quarterbacks coach from 2019-2020.

“I am fired up to welcome Coach Ponce back home to Miami,” head coach Mario Cristobal said in a statement. “Coach Ponce has a reputation as an elite offensive coach whose groups rank among the nation’s best. He is a tremendous recruiter and talent developer, and his units have always been defined by their toughness, their balance and their explosiveness. I know he will continue to build on that track record at home with the Hurricanes.”

Ponce attended Florida International and has coached at several Miami-area high schools. He was most recently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Appalachian State.

This move makes a lot of sense for the Hurricanes, who will be looking to recruit their home area better than they have in previous cycles. Ponce is also a proven developer and a respected coach.

He’ll be tasked with leading quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, who put together one of the best freshman seasons in the country last season. He threw for 300+ yards and 3+ touchdowns in six straight games to end the year as the Canes rebuilt their offense around him.

“I’m truly excited just being a part of this organization and this University, especially with Coach Cristobal,” Ponce said in the release. “I’ve worked with him before. I know what his vision is and everyone wants to be part of a championship program and he’s going to bring that to the city of Miami.

Miami’s spring game is on April 16.