Miami hires Broyles Award winner Gattis as new OC, per report

The University of Miami has found its offensive coordinator.

The Miami Herald confirmed Sunday that Michigan’s Josh Gattis, 38, who won the 2021 Broyles Award that goes to the top assistant coach in college football, is being hired by UM coach Mario Cristobal to lead the Hurricanes’ offense. Gattis had been the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for the last three seasons in Michigan.

The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman first reported the news.

Led by Gattis, Michigan ranked 25th in the nation last year in both yards per play with 6.4 and yards per game with 44.3. The Wolverines also finished 16th in the nation with 35.8 points per game, 15th in rushing offense with 214.4 yards per game, 68th in passing offense with 228.7 yards per game and allowed the fifth fewest sacks in the nation, surrendering just one per game. They also converted 45.8 percent of their third downs — the 16th best mark in the country.

Michigan, which began the season unranked, reached the College Football Playoff for the first time before falling to the eventual national champion Georgia Bulldogs in the 2021 Capital One Orange Bowl. Gattis was also previously the co-offensive coordinator for the Alabama Crimson Tide, helping Alabama reach the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship in his lone season in Tuscaloosa.

Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis watches against Northern Illinois in the first half of a NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Paul Sancya AP

After starring as a safety for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and playing one season in the NFL for the Chicago Bears, Gattis began his coaching career in 2010 as a graduate assistant for the North Carolina Tar Heels when former Miami coach Butch Davis was in Chapel Hill. After one year, he became the wide receivers coach for the Western Michigan Broncos, then left again after one year to take the same position with the Vanderbilt Commodores. He spent two seasons in Nashville, then three as the wide receivers coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions before he joined the Alabama Crimson Tide for one season in 2018.

Gattis then took over as Michigan’s offensive coordinator in 2019 and had been in Ann Arbor ever since. He replaces former offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, who left to become SMU’s head coach.

Gattis is the second coordinator hired by Cristobal hired in the past week. Kevin Steele has taken over as Miami’s defensive coordinator.

This story was originally published February 6, 2022 11:24 AM.

Miami Herald sports writer Susan Miller Degnan has been the Miami Hurricanes football beat writer since 2000, the season before the Canes won it all. She has won several APSE national writing awards and has covered everything from Canes baseball to the College Football Playoff to major marathons to the Olympics.

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