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What They're Saying About Bob Diaco

Dec. 12, 2013

Susan Herbst
University of Connecticut President

On behalf of the entire university, let me welcome Bob and his family to UConn.  When I met Bob and we discussed this opportunity, I was tremendously impressed by how much he knew about the university — academics and athletics.   He makes an immediate impact, as you will soon learn, and speaks eloquently about how he recruits, how he wins and how he dedicates himself to the success of student-athletes.  UConn is a place of champions.  We are winners.  Bob's ambitions match our history of success and our spirit.  The Husky Nation deserves an outstanding football program for the long-term and I am confident that our new head coach will build it -- starting today.  

Warde Manuel
University of Connecticut Director of Athletics

I am very excited to introduce Bob Diaco as our head football coach here at UConn.  I talked to many members of the college football community as we began this search for their thoughts and Bob’s name was consistently mentioned. As we engaged in the interview process with him, I was extremely impressed with his passion and his knowledge of the game and also for his commitment to the development of the total student-athlete. Bob has vast experience at many different schools and there is no question in my mind that we have hired a great coach for the University of Connecticut.

Brian Kelly
Notre Dame Head Football Coach
Connecticut hired the perfect man to lead their football program into the future.  Bob Diaco possesses every characteristic necessary to be successful. He’s a top-notch recruiter, tremendous leader of young men and brilliant coach. Bob was arguably the top coordinator in the country as demonstrated by our defense over the last few years. He played an immense role that ultimately helped our program reach four consecutive bowl games, including the 2013 BCS National Championship game.

Al Groh
Former University of Virginia and NFL Head Coach
Right away, Bobby demonstrated a good base level of those skills that are necessary to be a head coach; organization, high energy, leadership and the ability to relate to people.  We are very excited for Bobby and Julia.  They will have a great sense of purpose and a detailed plan for resurrecting UConn football.

Jack Swarbrick
Notre Dame Vice President/Director of Athletics
Bob is a great coach who made major impact on our program and the young men he mentored while at Notre Dame.  He loves to teach, and his passion for the young men with whom he works is evident in everything Bob does. Connecticut has found the perfect man to build programs that will deliver sustained success on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

Manti Te'o
San Diego Chargers linebacker and 2012 Heisman Trophy Runner-Up
UConn got a steal in Coach Diaco. He is a great coach and mentor. He cares for his players. There is nothing better than a coach who cares about his team not only as players, but as individuals. He not only teaches guys how to play the game, but on how to be a gentleman. He is everything you could ever want in a coach. Notre Dame is going to miss him, but he is going to do great things at UConn and I wish him all the best of luck.

Harrison Smith
Minnesota Vikings Safety
Bob is going to bring a family atmosphere to any team he coaches. He cares a lot about his players, treats everybody with respect and just a guy who takes care of the people around him and the program. The guys are going to love playing for him. He’s a high-energy guy that brings it with him every day. There’s not a day he would come to work that he wasn’t at his best. Guys respect him and love playing for him.

Kirk Herbstreit
ESPN College Football Analyst
I’ve had the good fortune of covering Bob Diaco for a number of years.  His commitment to excellence, his ability to relate to and motivate his players and his overall work ethic will be huge assets to the UConn football program.”