Manny Diaz and Hurricanes Hire Akron Defensive Coordinator

Miami confirmed Tuesday morning that defensive line coach Jess Simpson was leaving the Hurricanes and taking an NFL coaching job. In the same release, the football program announced that Todd Stroud has been hired as Simpson’s replacement.

Stroud, who will also hold the title of assistant head coach, spent the last seven seasons as the defensive coordinator at Akron.

“We are excited to welcome Todd to The U,” a statement from head coach Manny Diaz began. “As we have built this staff we have emphasized continuity on the defensive side of the ball. Todd is a high energy teacher and motivator whose defensive philosophy aligns perfectly with ours. He knows exactly what a Miami defense looks like up front – from the weight room to the film room to the playing field."