Miami coach Mario Cristobal shares what he learned in Alabama

Before being tasked with reviving a Miami Hurricanes program that hadn’t caught on in recent years, head coach Mario Cristobal was a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide staff, which he helped bring key recruits to Tuscaloosa. Working under Nick Saban, considered by many to be the greatest college coach of all time, Cristobal had plenty to learn before beginning his career as head coach.

When speaking to Josh Pate on Lake Kick LiveCristobal described his insights while breaking down the responsibilities that come with being a coach.

“I mean, there’s always some kind of transference, but there are variations in situations and circumstances, and you can’t get enough practice in that.” said Christopher. “And it’s no different than players practicing red-zone offense and third-down defense. You need to keep seeing these things and practicing them so that when they come up and surface, you have a plan for them. Our responsibility is enormous, we are responsible for the sons of these families who have invested the world in their children. When you grow up we can’t fool ourselves and think that we haven’t made any mistakes ourselves and that we need guidance and that we need development, that we need discipleship, that we need structure. We need to be challenged.

“In your own home for your own children, you want to ensure that those principles or values ​​are transmitted, while also using the resources available to ensure you invest the world in these children, because that last pit stop before life, aside from the NFL, will define a lot, and we take great pride in making sure we prepare them for the bigger picture.

With Cristobal leading the Hurricanes program, it’s not only an opportunity for him to rebuild a powerhouse, but to make it one again earlier glory in which he once participated. He was a Miami offensive lineman from 1989-1992 before finally beginning his full-time coaching career as offensive tackles and tight ends coach for Rutgers in 2001 under Greg Schiano, head coach of the Scarlet Knights that freshman year, whom he followed from Miami . He gained his first coaching experience from 1998 to 2000 as a graduate assistant with the Hurricanes.

Cristobal previously served as an assistant for Miami from 2004-2006, during which time he coached the Hurricanes’ tight ends and offense.

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Cristobal brings a 35-13 record spanning more than four seasons in Oregon. He needs to rebuild Miami to some extent as the ‘Canes went 7-5 in the 2021 season and posted a so-so record of 21-15 over the past three seasons under former head coach Manny Diaz.

Matt Howe contributed to this report.

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