Diaz will serve as the Chanticleer wide receivers coach
Renato Diaz begins his first season at Coastal Carolina as the wide receivers coach.
Diaz spent the 2011 season at Georgetown University, serving as the wide receivers coach with former Hoya and current Chanticleer offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude.
"I am excited to now have all my staff in place and having Renato join the family truly makes us complete," said head coach Joe Moglia. "Not only does Renato have an impressive background, but he will give some continuity to the offensive side of the ball since he has a year working with Coach Patenaude. In addition to his skill set for coaching wide receivers, Renato has had repeated successes coaching punt and kick returners. He has great passion for the game and teaching young men which will translate when he is one the recruiting trail."
Diaz joined the Hoyas' staff after spending the previous three seasons (2008-10) on the coaching staff at Delaware State University, with current CCU recruiting coordinator Mike Gallagher. Diaz served as the Hornets' running backs coach as well as coaching the kickoff and punt returners. At Delaware State, Diaz worked with Larrone Moore who led Division I FCS with a kick return average of 34.80 yards per return in 2010. He also coached Travis Tarpley, who was 10th in the nation averaging 26.33 yards per return in 2009.
Prior to his time with the Hornets, Diaz spent three seasons (2005-07) coaching running backs and tight ends, while serving as the recruiting coordinator at Florida A&M. He helped running back Phillip Sylvester become the 2007 MEAC Rookie of the Year, rushing for 858 yards on 151 carries (5.68 yards/carry), as he led the MEAC and finished 17th in the nation, averaging 164.3 all-purpose rushing yards per game as a freshman. Diaz also helped tight end Taj Jenkins earn All-MEAC First Team. In 2005, he helped Rashard Pompey lead the MEAC in rushing (110.7 yards per game) and rush for 1,107 yards on 194 carries (5.71 yards/carry).
Diaz worked as the running back and special teams coach at Widener University for the 2004 season, helping the kickoff return units rank 11th in the nation with 23.3 yards per return and two touchdowns. He was the wide receivers coach at Christopher Columbus Catholic High School in Miami, Fla., in 2003 after assisting the New York Jets offensive staff during training camp in 2003.
He served as the running backs coach at Florida International University for two seasons, from 2001-03. At FIU, Diaz coached RB Rashod Smith to a spot on the Division I-AA All-Independent First Team. Prior to his time at FIU, Diaz spent the 2000 season at Columbia University, where he helped Johnathan Reese become the first RB in school history to top the 1,000 yard mark and a unanimous Ivy League First Team selection.
Diaz began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of South Florida, in 1996 as an offensive assistant. He rose to the position of tight ends coach, special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the 1998 and 1999 seasons. Diaz coached kicker Bill Gramatica to become USF's first All-American and a fourth round draft choice by the Arizona Cardinals. In 1999, his punt return unit ranked eighth in the I-AA in net punting, while his kickoff return unit ranked 12th in the nation with 22.3 yards per return. In 1998, his punt return unit ranked first in the nation in total return yards against, limiting opponents to a season total of 30 yards.
Diaz, a Habana, Cuba native, was raised in Miami, Fla. and graduated from USF in 1983 with his Bachelor of Science in geology. Diaz also graduated from the NCAA Advanced Coaching Academy in 2005 and the Expert Coaching Academy in 2007. Diaz and his wife Patricia were married in June 2010.