2012-PresentDefensive Coordinator, Linebacker Coach & Assistant Head CoachNotre Dame2010-2011Defensive Coordinator & Inside Linebacker CoachNotre Dame2009Defensive CoordinatorCincinnati2006-2008Linebacker Coach & Special Teams CoachVirginia2004-2005Co-Defensive CoordinatorCentral Michigan2001-2003Linebacker Coach & Secondary CoachEastern MichiganCOACHING ACCOMPLSHMENTS • Semifinalist for the 2011 Broyles Award, presented annually to college football's top assistant coach. • Promoted to assistant head coach for 2012 season. • The 2011 defense ranked in the top 50 in scoring defense (24th, 20.7), total defense (30th, 344.7), rushing defense (47th, 138.9) and passing defense (38th, 205.8). It was only the second time since 2003 and fourth time in the last 15 seasons a Notre Dame defense ranked in the top 50 in all four categories. • For the first time in 10 years, Notre Dame's defense allowed fewer than 21 points per game in consecutive seasons. The Irish are one of 13 teams to allow less than 21 points per game in each of the last two years. • Diaco's defense surrendered 14 points or less in five games in 2011, the most since 2002. • The 2010 defense was dramatically improved compared to the 2009 defense in almost every statistical category: scoring defense (from 63rd in '09 to 23rd in '10), pass efficiency (82nd to 25th), rushing defense (89th to 50th) and total defense (86th to 50th). • In his only season at Cincinnati, he was charged with replacing 10 starters on the Bearcats' defense, including every player on the front seven for 2009. • Prior to Cincinnati, spent three years as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator on Al Groh's coaching staff at the University of Virginia from 2006-08. • Served as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach under Brian Kelly at Central Michigan in 2005. • In his only season with the Chippewas, Diaco turned around Central Michigan's rushing defense that just two years earlier had ranked last in the Mid-American Conference. Questions No Head Coaching Experience. Not a big name. Will de excite the fan base? Could he recruit CA and TX? Strengths Successful at multiple locations. BCS Coordinator Experience. Will he leave at first opportunity?