Bob Diaco is Next UConn Football Head Coach

Thursday, Dec 12, 2013  |  Updated 4:23 PM EDT
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Bob Diaco is Next UConn Football Head Coach

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There's a new face of UConn football – Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco has been named head coach.

The 40-year-old New Jersey native has signed a five-year deal and will succeed former head coach Paul Pasqualoni.

According to CBSSports.com, Diaco's contract starts at $1.5 million per year.

In 2012, Diaco became the first Notre Dame assistant coach to receive the Broyles Award, recognizing him as the nation's top assistant coach.

He was part of a coaching staff that led the Irish to the BCS title game last season.

Prior to his time at Notre Dame, Diaco coached at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Virginia.

Diaco will be officially introduced as the new head coach at a news conference at The Burton Football Complex on Thursday afternoon, according to a news release from UConn Athletics.

Sources told NBC Connecticut that Pat Narduzzi, of Michigan State, also interviewed for the job but reportedly turned it down.

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