Alabama quarterbacks coach Dan Enos will be Miami’s new offensive coordinator, Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz announced Friday in a news release. He spent just one season with the Crimson Tide and helped the team finish 14-1.
With Enos’ departure, Alabama will have to replace at least four of its full-time offensive assistants from 2018. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is already Maryland’s new head coach. Offensive line coach Brent Key is headed to Georgia Tech for the same role. And co-offensive coordinator Josh Gattis is now the offensive coordinator at Michigan.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join a program as rich in tradition as the University of Miami,” Enos said in the news release. “Coach Diaz has a clear vision for this program as we move forward and it’s an honor to help build the Hurricanes in his image. This was an opportunity I felt I couldn’t pass up.
“I also want to express my sincere appreciation to Nick Saban and the Alabama program for giving me the opportunity to coach there this past season. I learned so much during my time there and I will always be grateful.”
Enos originally received a three-year deal with Alabama. He received $200,000 for the 2018 season. That number was supposed to increase to $250,000 in 2019 and $875,000 in 2020 as his buyout from Arkansas decreased.
Enos worked directly with quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts and Mac Jones at Alabama. Tagovailoa won the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year, in addition to being the Heisman Trophy runner-up. He completed 245 of his 355 (69 percent) for program-high 3,966 yards and 43 touchdowns.
Alabama finished the season with the No. 6 passing offense in the nation. It averaged 323.6 yards through the air per game. It scored a nation-high 52 passing touchdowns.
“Dan was my primary target for our offensive coordinator position from the outset and I’m thrilled that he’s now a Miami Hurricane,” Diaz said in the news release. “Dan is one of the most innovative play-callers in college football and he not only has a remarkable track record of coaching quarterbacks, but also developing players for the NFL at numerous positions. His experience as a head coach will also provide invaluable insight to our entire program.”
Before Alabama, Enos spent the last three seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas. Enos was briefly hired to be wide receivers coach at Michigan after the 2017 season, but didn’t coach a game for the Wolverines.
Arkansas’ offense was second in the conference in scoring and yards in 2015, averaging 35.9 points and 465.5 yards per game. The Razorbacks fell to eighth in the conference in yards and offense in 2016, then were eighth in scoring and ninth in yardage in 2017. Arkansas reached bowl games in Enos’ first two seasons before falling to 4-8 this season.
Enos was head coach at Central Michigan from 2010-2014. He went 26-36 in those five seasons with two bowl games.
Enos began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State under George Perles. He worked there from 1991-93. Enos was a quarterback at Michigan State from 1987-91. Saban was defensive coordinator for the Spartans in 1987, Enos’ freshman season.
He spent most of his early coaching career in the upper midwest and Great Lakes region. His first full-time coaching position was at Division III Lakeland University in Wisconsin, where he was offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and wide receivers coach in 1994-95. He moved on to Division II Northern Michigan in 1996, where he was offensive coordinator and running backs coach. He was quarterbacks coach and receivers at FCS Southern Illinois in 1997-98. He was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at FCS Missouri State in 1999.
His first FBS coaching job came at Western Michigan, where he was quarterbacks coach from 2000-02. After a year at Division II North Dakota State in 2003, he joined Mark Dantonio’s staff at Cincinnati.
He spent 2004 and 2005 there before returning to Michigan State as quarterbacks coach in 2006. Dantonio kept Enos on as running backs coach from 2007-09 when he arrived a year later.
Miami will be Enos’ 12th school.