Diaco introduced as UConn's 30th head football coach

Bob Diaco, the new University of Connecticut head football coach, receives a hug from his son Michael, after being introduced to the media during a press conference at the Burton Family Football Complex in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.
Bob Diaco, the new University of Connecticut head football coach, receives a hug from his son Michael, after being introduced to the media during a press conference at the Burton Family Football Complex in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Tim Martin/The Day

Storrs - Bob Diaco, who spent the last three seasons as defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, was introduced as the 30th head football coach in UConn history on Thursday afternoon at the Burton Family Football Complex.

Diaco, 40, signed a five-year contract worth $8 million, including $1.5 in 2014.

"We have a fabulous new coach," UConn president Susan Herbst said in helping introduce Diaco. "It's a new day for UConn football. Bob will boost this program."

The Huskies were 3-9 in 2013, winning their final three games after an 0-9 start, and athletic director Warde Manuel fired head coach Paul Pasqualoni after an 0-4 start.

T.J. Weist, the offensive coordinator, coached the team on an interim basis the rest of the season. Diaco is expected to meet with the current staff on Monday before deciding what course he will take regarding building his own coaching staff.

"It is a great, profound honor to be here," Diaco said during his opening remarks. "I want to thank Warde for giving me the opportunity to lead this football team."

It was widely reported on Wednesday that Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi had been offered the job and turned it down, but Manuel said at the press conference, "Say what you like. Read what you like ... Bob was my top choice."

Bob Diaco, the new University of Connecticut head football coach, is introduced to the media during a press conference at the Burton Family Football Complex in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Diaco served as Notre Dame's assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.
Bob Diaco, the new University of Connecticut head football coach, is introduced to the media during a press conference at the Burton Family Football Complex in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Diaco served as Notre Dame's assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. Tim Martin/The Day
In this Nov. 2, 2013, file photo, Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco works with his players prior to a NCAA college football game against Navy, in South Bend, Ind. Connecticut has hired Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco as its football coach. The school announced the move early Thursday morning, Dec. 12, 2013.
In this Nov. 2, 2013, file photo, Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco works with his players prior to a NCAA college football game against Navy, in South Bend, Ind. Connecticut has hired Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco as its football coach. The school announced the move early Thursday morning, Dec. 12, 2013. Joe Raymond/AP file photo

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