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Hurricanes Hire Shoop as Defensive Quality Control Coach

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Miami Hurricanes completed their defensive coaching staff by hiring Bob Shoop as Defensive Quality Control Coach, head coach Manny Diaz announced Monday.

Shoop, a 32-year college coaching veteran, is the former head coach at Columbia and has served as defensive coordinator at three Power 5 programs. He most recently coached safeties at Michigan.

“Bob is a two-time Broyles Award finalist who has coordinated the defense at multiple schools and also has experience as a head coach,” Diaz said. “We are excited to add someone with his level of expertise to our defensive staff.”

Shoop spent the 2020 season in Ann Arbor after two seasons as defensive coordinator at Mississippi State. He also served as the defensive coordinator at William & Mary (2007-10), Vanderbilt (2011-13), Penn State (2014-15) and Tennessee (2016-17).

In 2019, Mississippi State’s defense led the SEC with 14 fumble recoveries (fourth nationally) and picked off 10 passes to rank second in the conference in turnovers (24). In 2018, Shoop was a Broyles Award finalist and was named FootballScoop Defensive Coordinator of the Year as the Bulldogs were the only defense FBS to finish top-10 in all four major defensive categories (total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, and passing defense). MSU allowed only 12 touchdowns all season, the fewest allowed by any FBS team since 2011.

Shoop helped produce three 2019 first-round NFL Draft picks in Jeffrey Simmons (19th), Montez Sweat (26th) and Johnathan Abram (30th). Over his last 12 seasons, he has coached 20 NFL Draft picks with four at MSU, five at Tennessee, five at Penn State, three at Vanderbilt and three at William & Mary.

In 2014 at Penn State Shoop was named 247Sports’ Defensive Coordinator of the Year. He was FootballScoop’s FCS Defensive Coordinator of the Year and a Broyles Award finalist in 2009 while at William and Mary.

Shoop was the head coach at Columbia from 2003-05, posting a 7-23 record. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Yale, in 1989 as a graduate assistant. He also has spent time as an assistant coach at Massachusetts (2006), Boston College (1999-2002), Army (1998), Villanova (1997), Yale (1989, 1994-96), Northeastern (1991-93) and Virginia (1990).

Shoop played wide receiver at Yale where he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics. He was recognized with Yale Football’s prestigious Robert Gardner Anderson Memorial Award for team spirit, dedication and leadership. He also earned four letters in baseball.

Shoop was a three-sport standout at Riverview (PA) High School and is a member of the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Sports Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Maura, have two sons, Tyler and Jay.