Bob Diaco, a former University of Virginia assistant, was named the Bearcats defensive coordinator on Feb. 18, 2009.
Diaco (pronounced DEE-ah-ko) joined the Virginia staff in Dec. 2005 as the linebackers and special teams coach. Following the close of the 2008 season, he was named the Cavaliers' defensive coordinator.
He inherits a defense that finished 31st in the nation in total defense (321.9 yards a game), 19th in run defense (115), and led the Big East in sacks (2.86).
Diaco spent the 2005 season on Kelly's staff at Central Michigan where he served as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. In 2004 he was the special teams and linebackers coach at Western Michigan. The Broncos finished in the top three in the Mid-American Conference in punting, punt returns, and kickoff returns that year.
"I'm excited to be able to reunite with Bob," Kelly said. "He did a tremendous job for us at Central Michigan. We are very fortunate to get his expertise, his ability to motivate, and develop our players here at Cincinnati."
From 2001-03, Diaco was an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan, where he moved from coaching the running backs to coaching linebackers to coaching the secondary.
Twice an all-Big Ten selection at the University of Iowa under Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry, Diaco was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker in 1995. A 1995 graduate of the University of Iowa, he led the Hawkeyes in tackles in both 1994 and 1995 and finished his career as the seventh-leading tackler in Iowa history.
Diaco served as a graduate assistant at Iowa for two seasons in 1997-99 and helped the Hawkeyes to the Alamo and Sun Bowl games. His first full-time position was at Western Illinois where he was the running backs and special teams coordinator in 1999 and 2000. The Leathernecks won the Gateway Conference crown in 2000.
A native of Cedar Grove, N.J., Bob and his wife, Julia, have three children - Angelo, Josephine, and Michael.