Bob Diaco reportedly tapped to be next defensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech


Skip Holtz is turning to a familiar face in college football to serve as Louisiana Tech’s next defensive coordinator.

Per, the local Rivals affiliate, Bob Diaco will take over as the Bulldogs’ DC after spending the past season at Oklahoma. He replaces Blake Baker, who left to take the same position at Miami under Manny Diaz

Diaco went 11–26 as a head coach at UConn but made his name coordinating defenses. He was awarded the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant while serving as defensive coordinator at Notre Dame back in 2012 and also had stops at Cincinnati and Nebraska in the same role.

This most recent season saw Diaco join the Oklahoma coaching staff, first as a defensive analyst and later as linebackers coach once Ruffin McNeil was elevated to defensive coordinator after Mike Stoops was fired. While the luster has been taken off Diaco thanks in part because of his tenure leading the Huskies, he does land in a good spot at LaTech considering two of his most recent predecessors managed to parlay a short stay in Ruston into Power Five defensive coordinator gigs.