UM officially announced the hiring of former Temple defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio, defensive line coach Jethro Franklin and defensive backs coach Paul Williams Thursday afternoon. The trio will be allowed to recruit this week thanks to an NCAA waiver.
The three new coaches will not be allowed to partake in coaching activities until after UM's bowl game on Dec. 31.
D'Onofrio, 41, Franklin, 45, and Williams, 39, led an Owls defense that was the best in the MAC and ranked 17th nationally in total defense during the 2010 campaign. The defense also ranked 14th nationally in pass defense, 15th in pass efficiency defense and 16th in scoring defense.
Williams brings 15 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Hurricane staff and has been with Golden and D'Onofrio since the inception at Temple. Under his guidance, Temple defensive backs earned All-MAC honors on four occasions, including two-time honoree and 2010 senior Jaiquawn Jarrett.
Franklin, a 19-year coaching veteran, joins UM after successful stints with three teams in the NFL (Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers) as well as stops at USC and Temple over the last decade. While at USC in 2005, defensive ends Lawrence Jackson and Frostee Rucker were All-Pac-10 first teamers, while Rucker (third round) and LaJuan Ramsay (sixth round) were NFL draft picks.
"We are very fortunate to announce the addition of these three coaches," Golden said in a statement released by the school. "Their passion and desire for excellence matches that of the Miami fan base, alumni and stakeholders. I felt it was important that they be able to hit the ground running and start recruiting immediately. The NCAA waiver gave us that opportunity and should be tremendous benefit.
"On a personal note, they are great friends and coaches that I respect tremendously. They know the type of program we want to run - on and off the field - and could not be more excited about joining the proud tradition at The U."
Current Miami assistant coaches Rick Petri (defensive line), Wesley McGriff (defensive backs) and John Lovett (defensive coordinator) will remain in a coaching capacity through the 2010 Hyundai Sun Bowl against Notre Dame on Dec. 31, but none of the three will be retained after the bowl game.
According to the statement released by UM, Golden has not made any other formal decisions on his 2011 coaching staff at this point.
Golden also announced the hiring of Tom Deahn to the role of Director of Football Operations and Ryan McNamee to the role of Director of Player Development. Deahn and McNamee both filled the same role with Golden at Temple.
Corey Bell and Cindy Abraham-Garcia both departed from the UM staff after serving in the operational capacities the last four years.