Coaching Position: Offensive line and assistant head coach
Mario Cristobal was a member of two national championship teams at Miami, where he played as an offensive lineman through 1992. He began his college coaching career at his alma mater, serving as a graduate assistant with the Hurricanes in the late 1990s.
Cristobal joined former Miami defensive coordinator Greg Schiano at Rutgers, where he worked his way up to offensive line coach before returning to Miami as an assistant. He took over as head coach at FIU in 2006, where he remained until 2012. Nick Saban hired him in 2013.
He continues to solidify his reputation as a top recruiter for a program that has ruled national class rankings throughout the decade. Cristobal reinforced his offensive line with coveted 4-star prospects Richie Petitbon (Washington, D.C.) and Lester Cotton (Alabama).
He picked up a pair of 4-star pledges from Monarch High School (Pompano Beach, Florida) in receiver Calvin Ridley and athlete Shawn Burgess-Becker. Cristobal capitalized on his New Jersey ties and helped land 5-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick. He was also instrumental in the recruitment of in-state linebacker Christian Bell.
Cristobal remains in pursuit of elite offensive linemen Martez Ivey (Florida) and Javon Patterson (Mississippi). Defensive tackle Daron Payne, a 5-star in-state recruit, is also a top priority.
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