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{{short description|American football coach and former player}}
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{{Infobox college coach
 
{{Infobox college coach
| name = Mario Cristobal
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| name = Mario Cristobal
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| image = Mario Cristobal in 2011.jpg
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| caption = Cristobal as FIU head coach in 2011
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| sport = [[American football|Football]]
| sport = [[American football|Football]]
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| current_title = [[Head coach]]
| current_title = Offensive line coach
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| current_team = [[Oregon Ducks]]
| current_team = [[Alabama Crimson Tide football|Alabama]]
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| current_conference = [[Pac-12 Conference|Pac-12]]
| current_conference = [[Southeastern Conference]]
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| current_record = 9-6
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| contract =
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| birth_date = {{Birth date and age|1970|09|24}}
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| birth_date = {{birth date and age|1970|9|24}}
| birth_place = [[Miami, Florida]]
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| birth_place = [[Miami|Miami, Florida]]
| alma_mater = [[University of Miami]]
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| death_date =
| player_years = 1989–1992<br>1995–1996
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| death_place =
| player_teams = [[Miami Hurricanes football|Miami]]<br>[[Amsterdam Admirals]]
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| alma_mater =
| player_positions = [[Offensive lineman]]
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| player_years1 = 1989–1992
| coach_years = 1998–2000<br>2001–2002<br>2003<br>2004–2005<br>2006<br>2007–2012<br>2013<br>2013–
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| player_team1 = [[Miami Hurricanes football|Miami (FL)]]
| coach_teams = Miami ([[Graduate assistant|GA]])<br>[[Rutgers Scarlet Knights football|Rutgers]] ([[Offensive tackle|OT]]/[[Tight ends coach|TE]])<br>Rutgers ([[Offensive line coach|OL]])<br>Miami (TE)<br>Miami (OL)<br>[[FIU Panthers football|FIU]]<br>Miami (Assistant HC/TE)<br>[[Alabama Crimson Tide football|Alabama]] (OL)
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| player_years2 = 1995–1996
| overall_record = 27–47
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| player_team2 = [[Amsterdam Admirals]]
| bowl_record = 1–1
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| player_positions = [[Offensive tackle]]
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| coach_years1 = 1998–2000
| CFbDWID = 4228
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| coach_team1 = Miami (FL) ([[Graduate assistant|GA]])
| championships = 1 [[Sun Belt Conference|Sun Belt]] (2010)
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| coach_years2 = 2001–2002
| awards = Sun Belt Coach of the Year (2010)
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| coach_team2 = [[Rutgers Scarlet Knights football|Rutgers]] (OT/TE)
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| coach_years3 = 2003
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| coach_team3 = Rutgers (OL)
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| coach_years4 = 2004–2005
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| coach_team4 = Miami (FL) (TE)
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| coach_years5 = 2006
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| coach_team5 = Miami (FL) (OL)
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| coach_years6 = 2007–2012
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| coach_team6 = [[FIU Panthers football|FIU]]
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| coach_years7 = 2013–2016
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| coach_team7 = [[Alabama Crimson Tide football|Alabama]] (AHC/OL)
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| coach_years8 = 2017
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| coach_team8 = [[Oregon Ducks football|Oregon]] (Co-[[Offensive coordinator|OC]]/OL)
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| coach_years9 = 2017–present
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| coach_team9 = Oregon
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| overall_record = 36–53
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| bowl_record = 2–2
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| tournament_record =
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| championships = 1 [[Sun Belt Conference|Sun Belt]] (2010)
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| 2× [[College football national championships in NCAA Division I FBS|National champion]] ([[1989 Miami Hurricanes football team|1989]], [[1991 Miami Hurricanes football team|1991]])
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| awards = [[Sun Belt Conference|Sun Belt]] Coach of the Year (2010)<br>[[247Sports.com|247Sports]] National Recruiter of the Year (2015)
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'''Mario Manuel Cristobal''' (born September 24, 1970) is the current Offensive Line coach at the University of Alabama. He was the head coach at [[Florida International University]] from their 2007 season until being fired on December 5, 2012. He was named Tight End coach and Assistant Head Coach for the University of Miami before leaving just weeks later to join the Alabama coaching staff. He is the first [[Cuban-American]] Division I head football coach.
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'''Mario Manuel Cristobal''' (born September 24, 1970) is an [[American football]] coach and former player. He is the head football coach at the University of Oregon, serving in that position since December 2017. Cristobal was previously the head football coach at [[Florida International University]] (FIU) from 2007 to 2012. He was an all-conference [[offensive tackle]] on the [[Miami Hurricanes football]] team that won [[College football national championships in NCAA Division I FBS|national championships]] in 1989 and 1991.
   
 
==Playing career==
 
==Playing career==
 
===High school career===
 
===High school career===
Cristobal played high school football at [[Christopher Columbus High School (Miami, Florida)|Christopher Columbus High School]] in [[Miami, Florida]]. He graduated in 1988.
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Cristobal played high school football at [[Christopher Columbus High School (Miami, Florida)|Christopher Columbus High School]] in [[Miami|Miami, Florida]].
   
 
===College career===
 
===College career===
Cristobal was a four-year letterman with the [[University of Miami]] Hurricanes football team between 1989-1992. During this time Cristobal was a member of the Hurricanes' 1989 and 1991 [[NCAA Division I-A national football championship|national championship]] teams and in 1992 earned First-Team All-Big East Conference as an offensive tackle.
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A four-year letterman with the [[University of Miami]] Hurricanes football team between 1988 and 1992, Cristobal played for [[Hall of Fame]] coach [[Jimmy Johnson (American football coach)|Jimmy Johnson]] and [[Dennis Erickson]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.rolltide.com/news/2013/2/20/Football_Announces_Hiring_of_Mario_Cristobal.aspx|title=Football Announces Hiring of Mario Cristobal - Alabama Athletics|website=Alabama Athletics|access-date=December 9, 2017}}</ref> During his four seasons, the Hurricanes won two national championships (1989 and 1991) and in 1992 he earned First-Team All-Big East Conference as an offensive tackle. He graduated from Miami in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and later earned a master's degree from Miami in 2001.
   
Cristobal was interviewed about his time at the University of Miami for the documentary ''[[The U (documentary)|The U]]'', which premiered December 12, 2009 on [[ESPN]].
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Cristobal was interviewed about his time at the University of Miami for the documentary ''[[The U (documentary)|The U]]'', which premiered December 12, 2009, on [[ESPN]].
   
=== Professional career===
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===Professional career===
After graduating from Miami in 1993, Cristobal was signed by the Denver Broncos in 1994 as an undrafted free agent playing only in the preseason. He then went on to join the [[Amsterdam Admirals]] of [[NFL Europe]] for the {{AMS season|1995}} and {{AMS season|1996}} seasons before retiring to pursue coaching.
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Following his college playing career, Cristobal signed a free agent contract with the [[Denver Broncos]] in 1994 as an undrafted free agent. He played for the [[Amsterdam Admirals]] of [[NFL Europe]] in 1995 and 1996 before retiring to pursue a coaching career.
   
 
==Coaching career==
 
==Coaching career==
=== University of Miami and Rutgers University ===
 
   
Prior to being named FIU head coach, Cristobal spent two stints at Miami, between 1998-2000 as a graduate assistant and 2004-2006 as tight ends coach and offensive line coach. During 2001-2003, Cristobal was a tight ends and offensive line coach at [[Rutgers University]] under [[Greg Schiano]].
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Cristobal's coaching career began at [[Miami Hurricanes football|Miami]] where he served as a graduate assistant under [[Butch Davis]] from 1998 to 2000. From 2001 to 2003, Cristobal was the tight ends and offensive line coach at [[Rutgers University]] under [[Greg Schiano]]. He returned to Miami to serve as tight ends coach and offensive line coach under [[Larry Coker]] for three seasons from 2004 to 2006.
   
=== Florida International University ===
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===FIU===
On December 19, 2006, Cristobal was named the second head coach in FIU's history. Having worked as an assistant at Rutgers during their transformation to a competitive program in the Big East, Cristobal was charged with leading a Golden Panther team that finished the 2006 season 0-12.
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On December 19, 2006, Cristobal was named the second head coach in FIU's history. At 36 years old, he became the first Cuban-American head coach in Division I-A.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sports/colleges/fiu/16278504.htm|title=MiamiHerald.com - 12/20/2006 - 'A dream come true' for new FIU coach|date=January 14, 2007|website=Archive.org|access-date=December 9, 2017|deadurl=yes|archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20070114043721/http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sports/colleges/fiu/16278504.htm|archivedate=January 14, 2007}}</ref>
   
For his first months of work at FIU, Cristobal implemented a spread offense,<ref name="miamiherald.typepad.com">http://miamiherald.typepad.com/fiusports/2007/07/mario-cristob-2.html#comments</ref> and stated that he expected FIU to achieve success "faster than what we did at Rutgers", a process which "took five years."<ref name="miamiherald.typepad.com"/>
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Cristobal inherited a team with a winless record the previous season. He implemented a spread offense,<ref name="miamiherald.typepad.com">{{cite web|url=http://miamiherald.typepad.com/fiusports/2007/07/mario-cristob-2.html#comments|title=Mario Cristobal Q & A Part 3 - FIU Panthers Prowl|website=MiamiHerald.Typepad.com|access-date=December 9, 2017}}</ref> and stated that he expected FIU to achieve success "faster than what we did at Rutgers", a process which "took five years".<ref name="miamiherald.typepad.com"/>
   
His first season, however, was anything but successful. FIU struggled for most of the season, losing their first eleven games. However, on December 1, the Golden Panthers finally broke a Football Bowl Subdivision leading 23-game losing skid with a 38-19 victory over North Texas.
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FIU struggled for most of his first season as head coach, losing their first eleven games. However, on December 1, the Golden Panthers finally broke a Football Bowl Subdivision-leading 23-game losing skid with a 38–19 victory over North Texas.
   
His second season showed definite signs of improvement. After three back-to-back, out-of-conference losses to Kansas, Iowa and USF, the Golden Panthers under Cristobal pulled together an upset win against [[Mid-American Conference|MAC]] opponent [[University of Toledo|Toledo]]. The team used this momentum to build a three game winning streak, defeating [[Sun Belt Conference]] opponents [[University of North Texas|North Texas]] and [[Middle Tennessee State University|MTSU]] before it continued on to finish with a 5-7 record. The team was two wins away from a bowl game before falling out of contention in the 2008 [[Shula Bowl]] against in-state rivals [[Florida Atlantic University|FAU]] in a 57-50 OT loss, before finishing its season with an at-home victory over [[Western Kentucky University|Western Kentucky]].
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His second season showed definite signs of improvement. After three back-to-back, out-of-conference losses to Kansas, Iowa and USF, the Golden Panthers under Cristobal pulled together an upset win against [[Mid-American Conference|MAC]] opponent [[University of Toledo|Toledo]]. The team used this momentum to build a three-game winning streak, defeating [[Sun Belt Conference]] opponents [[University of North Texas|North Texas]] and [[Middle Tennessee State University|MTSU]] before it continued on to finish with a 5–7 record. The team was two wins away from a bowl game before falling out of contention in the 2008 [[Shula Bowl]] against in-state rivals [[Florida Atlantic University|FAU]] in a 57–50 OT loss, before finishing its season with an at-home victory over [[Western Kentucky University|Western Kentucky]].
   
The third season season under Cristobal came with high expectations after winning five games the previous year. The team regressed under his leadership and took a step back going 3-9 overall, with wins coming against [[North Texas University|North Texas]], [[Western Kentucky University|WKU]], and [[University of Louisiana at Lafayette|Louisiana-Lafayette]]. During the off season recruiting period, Cristobal was able to secure FIU's first ESPN 150 player, Willis Wright, from nearby [[Miami Springs High School|Miami Springs High]], the same school that produced [[T.Y. Hilton]].
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The third season under Cristobal came with high expectations after winning five games the previous year.{{Citation needed|date=December 2017}} The team regressed under his leadership and took a step back going 3–9 overall, with wins coming against [[North Texas University|North Texas]], [[Western Kentucky University|WKU]], and [[University of Louisiana at Lafayette|Louisiana-Lafayette]]. During the off-season recruiting period, Cristobal was able to secure FIU's first ESPN 150 player, Willis Wright, from nearby [[Miami Springs High School|Miami Springs High]], the same school that produced [[T. Y. Hilton]].
   
Cristobal carries a reputation of being an excellent recruiter, setting up for his third season at FIU by putting together an impressive recruiting class of 23 student athletes, at least 20 of them from Florida.<ref>http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/colleges/fiu/story/887534.html</ref> He wears a customary shirt and tie along with dress pants for each and every game to honor his idol, Joe Paterno. He was also named the fittest coach currently in the FBS according to an ESPN blog to which he confirmed on The Dan Le Batard Show on May 29, 2009.<ref>http://www.790theticket.com/lebatard.aspx</ref> As of the 2009 season Mario Cristobal has retired the "shirt-and-tie" look and has opted to wear traditional collared shirts during games.
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After being predicted to finish sixth in the conference in the preseason by the Sun Belt Writers Association,{{Citation needed|date=December 2017}} Cristobal led his young Panthers team to their first Sun Belt Conference championship after four years at the helm. FIU, who had never had a winning season prior to the 2010 campaign, saw themselves atop the conference tied with Troy University who shared a similar 6–2 conference record. FIU did win their head-to-head matchup with Troy, 52–35. At the conclusion of the season FIU was selected to participate in their first bowl game, the [[2010 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl|Little Caesars Pizza Bowl]]. They won with a field goal in the closing seconds against [[Toledo Rockets football|Toledo]], 34–32, after Toledo went for a two-point conversion to take the lead, 32–31. That win gave them a 7–6 record, their first ever winning record.
   
On December 5, 2012 Cristobal was relieved of his position as head coach of the [[FIU Football]] program. FIU Athletic Director Pete Garcia explained his reasoning for firing Cristobal as "He's done a very good job for this program, but we’ve gone backwards over the last year and a half. Over the last 22 games, we've gone 8-14."<ref name=MH120612>David J. Neal, [http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/12/06/3127787/fiu-fires-football-coach-cristobal.html FIU fires football coach Cristobal], ''The Miami Herald'', December 6, 2012, accessed December 11, 2012.</ref> The decision by Garcia was heavily criticized for its rashness.<ref name=MH120612b>Greg Cote, [http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/12/06/3128696/fius-decision-to-fire-mario-cristobal.html Greg Cote: FIU’s decision to fire Mario Cristobal impatient, unfair], ''The Miami Herald'', December 6, 2012, accessed December 11, 2012.</ref><ref name=NYT120512>Tim Rohan, [http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/sports/ncaafootball/florida-international-fires-football-coach-mario-cristobal.html When Best Still Isn’t Good Enough], ''The New York Times'', December 5, 2012, accessed December 11, 2012.</ref><ref name=NN121112>David Moulton, [http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2012/dec/11/david-moulton-thoughts-on-the-college-football/ David Moulton: Thoughts on the college football coaching landscape and more], ''Naples Daily News'', December 11, 2012, accessed December 11, 2012.</ref>
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Cristobal carries a reputation of being an excellent recruiter, setting up for his third season at FIU by putting together an impressive recruiting class of 23 student athletes, at least 20 of them from Florida.<ref>[http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/colleges/fiu/story/887534.html 404 Page Not Found] {{Dead link|date=December 2017}}</ref> He wears a customary shirt and tie along with dress pants for each and every game to honor his idol, Joe Paterno. He was also named the fittest coach currently in the FBS according to an ESPN blog to which he confirmed on ''The Dan Le Batard Show'' on May 29, 2009.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.790theticket.com/lebatard.aspx |title=Archived copy |access-date=August 4, 2009 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20090804170950/http://www.790theticket.com/lebatard.aspx |archivedate=August 4, 2009 |df= }}</ref> As of the 2009 season Mario Cristobal has retired the "shirt-and-tie" look and has opted to wear traditional collared shirts during games.
   
The University of Miami hired Cristobal in January 2013 as a tight end coach and an associate head coach. He was next hired by Alabama as its new offensive line coach just six weeks later, in February 2013.<ref name="Cristobal">{{cite news |title=Alabama hires Mario Cristobal as offensive line coach |first=Chase |last=Goodbread |url=http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20130218/NEWS/130219761?tc=cr |newspaper=The Tuscaloosa News |date=February 18, 2013 |accessdate=February 19, 2013}}</ref>
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On December 5, 2012, Cristobal was relieved of his position as head coach of the [[FIU football]] program. FIU Athletic Director Pete Garcia explained his reasoning for firing Cristobal as "He's done a very good job for this program, but we’ve gone backwards over the last year and a half. Over the last 22 games, we've gone 8-14."<ref name=MH120612>David J. Neal, [http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/12/06/3127787/fiu-fires-football-coach-cristobal.html FIU fires football coach Cristobal], ''The Miami Herald'', December 6, 2012, accessed December 11, 2012.</ref> The decision by Garcia was heavily criticized for its rashness.<ref name=MH120612b>Greg Cote, [http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/12/06/3128696/fius-decision-to-fire-mario-cristobal.html Greg Cote: FIU’s decision to fire Mario Cristobal impatient, unfair], ''The Miami Herald'', December 6, 2012, accessed December 11, 2012.</ref><ref name=NYT120512>Tim Rohan, [https://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/sports/ncaafootball/florida-international-fires-football-coach-mario-cristobal.html When Best Still Isn’t Good Enough], ''The New York Times'', December 5, 2012, accessed December 11, 2012.</ref><ref name=NN121112>David Moulton, [http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2012/dec/11/david-moulton-thoughts-on-the-college-football/ David Moulton: Thoughts on the college football coaching landscape and more], ''Naples Daily News'', December 11, 2012, accessed December 11, 2012.</ref>
   
=== Conference championship ===
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===Alabama===
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After his unexpected dismissal as head coach at FIU, Cristobal was hired by Miami to serve as associate head coach and tight ends coach on January 10, 2013.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/01/10/um-hires-mario-cristobal-as-associate-head-coach/|title=UM Hires Mario Cristobal As Associate Head Coach|date=January 10, 2013|website=CBSLocal.com|access-date=December 9, 2017}}</ref> Six weeks later, he was hired by [[Nick Saban]] to become Alabama's assistant head coach, offensive line coach, and recruiting coordinator.<ref name="Cristobal">{{cite news |title=Alabama hires Mario Cristobal as offensive line coach |first=Chase |last=Goodbread |url=http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20130218/NEWS/130219761?tc=cr |newspaper=The Tuscaloosa News |date=February 18, 2013 |access-date=February 19, 2013}}</ref>
   
After being predicted to finish sixth in the conference in the preseason by the Sun Belt Writers Association, Cristobal led his young Panthers team to their first Sun Belt Conference Championship after four years at the helm. FIU who had never had a winning season prior to the 2010 campaign saw themselves atop the conference tied with Troy University who shared a similar 6-2 conference record. FIU did win their head-to-head matchup with Troy, 52-35. At the conclusion of the season FIU was selected to participate in their first bowl game, the [[2010 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl|Little Caesars Pizza Bowl]]. They won with a field goal in the closing seconds against [[Toledo Rockets football|Toledo]], 34-32 after Toledo went for a two-point conversion to take the lead 32-31. That win gave them a 7-6 record, their first ever winning record.
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Cristobal was an elite recruiter at Alabama, finishing No. 1 in the national 247Sports composite rankings in each of his four seasons.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.diehards.com/oregon/bruce-feldman-mario-cristobal-not-sure-better-recruiter-country-anywhere|title=Bruce Feldman on Mario Cristobal: 'Not sure there's a better recruiter in the country, anywhere'|date=December 8, 2017|website=DieHards.com|access-date=December 9, 2017}}</ref> He was named the National Recruiter of the Year by 247Sports in the 2015 cycle and in 2016 he was ranked as the nation’s No. 2 recruiter in the country by 247Sports.
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Cristobal’s Alabama offensive line was awarded as the nations best in 2015, winning the inaugural Joe Moore Award given to the toughest, most physical line in the nation.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.si.com/college-football/2017/12/08/mario-cristobal-oregon-ducks-interim-tag-removed|title=Oregon hires Mario Cristobal as new head coach|website=SI.com|access-date=December 9, 2017}}</ref> His offensive line ranked in the top 25 nationally in sacks allowed in each of his first two seasons. Alabama’s offensive lines produced standout players and NFL draft picks under Cristobal, including first-team All-American and 2015 first-round draft pick Ryan Kelly and 2014 freshman All-American Cam Robinson, who went on to win the Outland Trophy in Cristobal’s final year with Alabama.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.goducks.com/coaches.aspx?rc=1529|title=GoDucks.com - The University of Oregon Official Athletics|website=www.GoDucks.com|access-date=December 9, 2017}}</ref>
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===Oregon===
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In January 2017, Cristobal joined [[Willie Taggart]]'s staff at Oregon as offensive line coach, with additional duties as co-offensive coordinator (shared with quarterbacks coach [[Marcus Arroyo]]) and run game coordinator (along with running backs coach Donte Pimpleton).<ref>{{cite web|url=https://247sports.com/college/alabama/Bolt/Breaking-Oregon-to-hire-Cristobal-as-co-OC-50520387|title=Ducks to hire Mario Cristobal as their new co-offensive coordinator|website=247Sports.com|access-date=December 9, 2017}}</ref> On December 5, 2017, he was given the title of interim head coach upon [[Willie Taggart|Willie Taggart's]] departure to [[Florida State football|Florida State]]; then, three days later, on Friday, December 8, 2017, Cristobal was officially announced as permanent head coach of the Ducks.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/john_canzano/index.ssf/2017/12/canzano_oregon_ducks_coach_mar_2.html|title=Canzano: Oregon Ducks coach Mario Cristobal's first day was a score|website=OregonLive.com|access-date=December 9, 2017}}</ref>
   
 
==Head coaching record==
 
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==Coaching tree==
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Head coaches under whom Cristobal has served:
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* [[Butch Davis]]: [[Miami Hurricanes Football|Miami]] (1998–2000)
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* [[Greg Schiano]]: [[Rutgers Scarlet Knights football|Rutgers]] (2001–2003)
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* [[Nick Saban]]: [[Alabama Crimson Tide football|Alabama]] (2013–2016)
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* [[Willie Taggart]]: [[Oregon Ducks Football|Oregon]] (2017)
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Assistant coaches under Cristobal who became college head coaches:
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* [[Scott Satterfield]]: [[Appalachian State Mountaineers football|Appalachian State]] (2013–2018), [[Louisville Cardinals football|Louisville]] (2019–Present)
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* [[Geoff Collins (American football)|Geoff Collins]]: [[Temple Owls football|Temple]] (2017–2018), [[Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football|Georgia Tech]] (2019-Present)
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* [[Bernard Clark]]: [[Robert Morris Colonials football|Robert Morris]] (2018–present)
   
 
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Mario Cristobal
File:Mario Cristobal in 2011.jpg
Cristobal as FIU head coach in 2011
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamOregon Ducks
ConferencePac-12
Record9-6
Biographical details
Born (1970-09-24) September 24, 1970 (age 49)
Miami, Florida
Playing career
Position(s)Offensive tackle
Head coaching record
Overall36–53
Bowls2–2
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 Sun Belt (2010)
Awards
Sun Belt Coach of the Year (2010)
247Sports National Recruiter of the Year (2015)

Mario Manuel Cristobal (born September 24, 1970) is an American football coach and former player. He is the head football coach at the University of Oregon, serving in that position since December 2017. Cristobal was previously the head football coach at Florida International University (FIU) from 2007 to 2012. He was an all-conference offensive tackle on the Miami Hurricanes football team that won national championships in 1989 and 1991.

Playing careerEdit

High school careerEdit

Cristobal played high school football at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, Florida.

College careerEdit

A four-year letterman with the University of Miami Hurricanes football team between 1988 and 1992, Cristobal played for Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson.[1] During his four seasons, the Hurricanes won two national championships (1989 and 1991) and in 1992 he earned First-Team All-Big East Conference as an offensive tackle. He graduated from Miami in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and later earned a master's degree from Miami in 2001.

Cristobal was interviewed about his time at the University of Miami for the documentary The U, which premiered December 12, 2009, on ESPN.

Professional careerEdit

Following his college playing career, Cristobal signed a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos in 1994 as an undrafted free agent. He played for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe in 1995 and 1996 before retiring to pursue a coaching career.

Coaching careerEdit

Cristobal's coaching career began at Miami where he served as a graduate assistant under Butch Davis from 1998 to 2000. From 2001 to 2003, Cristobal was the tight ends and offensive line coach at Rutgers University under Greg Schiano. He returned to Miami to serve as tight ends coach and offensive line coach under Larry Coker for three seasons from 2004 to 2006.

FIUEdit

On December 19, 2006, Cristobal was named the second head coach in FIU's history. At 36 years old, he became the first Cuban-American head coach in Division I-A.[2]

Cristobal inherited a team with a winless record the previous season. He implemented a spread offense,[3] and stated that he expected FIU to achieve success "faster than what we did at Rutgers", a process which "took five years".[3]

FIU struggled for most of his first season as head coach, losing their first eleven games. However, on December 1, the Golden Panthers finally broke a Football Bowl Subdivision-leading 23-game losing skid with a 38–19 victory over North Texas.

His second season showed definite signs of improvement. After three back-to-back, out-of-conference losses to Kansas, Iowa and USF, the Golden Panthers under Cristobal pulled together an upset win against MAC opponent Toledo. The team used this momentum to build a three-game winning streak, defeating Sun Belt Conference opponents North Texas and MTSU before it continued on to finish with a 5–7 record. The team was two wins away from a bowl game before falling out of contention in the 2008 Shula Bowl against in-state rivals FAU in a 57–50 OT loss, before finishing its season with an at-home victory over Western Kentucky.

The third season under Cristobal came with high expectations after winning five games the previous year.[citation needed] The team regressed under his leadership and took a step back going 3–9 overall, with wins coming against North Texas, WKU, and Louisiana-Lafayette. During the off-season recruiting period, Cristobal was able to secure FIU's first ESPN 150 player, Willis Wright, from nearby Miami Springs High, the same school that produced T. Y. Hilton.

After being predicted to finish sixth in the conference in the preseason by the Sun Belt Writers Association,[citation needed] Cristobal led his young Panthers team to their first Sun Belt Conference championship after four years at the helm. FIU, who had never had a winning season prior to the 2010 campaign, saw themselves atop the conference tied with Troy University who shared a similar 6–2 conference record. FIU did win their head-to-head matchup with Troy, 52–35. At the conclusion of the season FIU was selected to participate in their first bowl game, the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. They won with a field goal in the closing seconds against Toledo, 34–32, after Toledo went for a two-point conversion to take the lead, 32–31. That win gave them a 7–6 record, their first ever winning record.

Cristobal carries a reputation of being an excellent recruiter, setting up for his third season at FIU by putting together an impressive recruiting class of 23 student athletes, at least 20 of them from Florida.[4] He wears a customary shirt and tie along with dress pants for each and every game to honor his idol, Joe Paterno. He was also named the fittest coach currently in the FBS according to an ESPN blog to which he confirmed on The Dan Le Batard Show on May 29, 2009.[5] As of the 2009 season Mario Cristobal has retired the "shirt-and-tie" look and has opted to wear traditional collared shirts during games.

On December 5, 2012, Cristobal was relieved of his position as head coach of the FIU football program. FIU Athletic Director Pete Garcia explained his reasoning for firing Cristobal as "He's done a very good job for this program, but we’ve gone backwards over the last year and a half. Over the last 22 games, we've gone 8-14."[6] The decision by Garcia was heavily criticized for its rashness.[7][8][9]

AlabamaEdit

After his unexpected dismissal as head coach at FIU, Cristobal was hired by Miami to serve as associate head coach and tight ends coach on January 10, 2013.[10] Six weeks later, he was hired by Nick Saban to become Alabama's assistant head coach, offensive line coach, and recruiting coordinator.[11]

Cristobal was an elite recruiter at Alabama, finishing No. 1 in the national 247Sports composite rankings in each of his four seasons.[12] He was named the National Recruiter of the Year by 247Sports in the 2015 cycle and in 2016 he was ranked as the nation’s No. 2 recruiter in the country by 247Sports.

Cristobal’s Alabama offensive line was awarded as the nations best in 2015, winning the inaugural Joe Moore Award given to the toughest, most physical line in the nation.[13] His offensive line ranked in the top 25 nationally in sacks allowed in each of his first two seasons. Alabama’s offensive lines produced standout players and NFL draft picks under Cristobal, including first-team All-American and 2015 first-round draft pick Ryan Kelly and 2014 freshman All-American Cam Robinson, who went on to win the Outland Trophy in Cristobal’s final year with Alabama.[14]

OregonEdit

In January 2017, Cristobal joined Willie Taggart's staff at Oregon as offensive line coach, with additional duties as co-offensive coordinator (shared with quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo) and run game coordinator (along with running backs coach Donte Pimpleton).[15] On December 5, 2017, he was given the title of interim head coach upon Willie Taggart's departure to Florida State; then, three days later, on Friday, December 8, 2017, Cristobal was officially announced as permanent head coach of the Ducks.[16]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
FIU Golden Panthers / Panthers (Sun Belt Conference) (2007–2012)
2007 FIU 1–11 1–6 7th
2008 FIU 5–7 3–4 T–5th
2009 FIU 3–9 3–5 6th
2010 FIU 7–6 6–2 T–1st W Little Caesars Pizza
2011 FIU 8–5 5–3 4th L Beef 'O' Brady's
2012 FIU 3–9 2–6 T–8th
FIU: 27–47 20–26
Oregon Ducks (Pac-12 Conference) (2017–present)
2017 Oregon 0–1 0–0 4th (North) L Las Vegas
2018 Oregon 9–4 5–4 4th (North) W Redbox
2019 Oregon 0–1 0–0 (North)
Oregon: 9–6 5–4
Total: 36–53
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

Coaching treeEdit

Head coaches under whom Cristobal has served:

Assistant coaches under Cristobal who became college head coaches:

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Football Announces Hiring of Mario Cristobal - Alabama Athletics". http://www.rolltide.com/news/2013/2/20/Football_Announces_Hiring_of_Mario_Cristobal.aspx.
  2. "MiamiHerald.com - 12/20/2006 - 'A dream come true' for new FIU coach". January 14, 2007. Archived from the original on January 14, 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20070114043721/http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sports/colleges/fiu/16278504.htm.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Mario Cristobal Q & A Part 3 - FIU Panthers Prowl". http://miamiherald.typepad.com/fiusports/2007/07/mario-cristob-2.html#comments.
  4. 404 Page Not Found[dead link]
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 4, 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20090804170950/http://www.790theticket.com/lebatard.aspx.
  6. David J. Neal, FIU fires football coach Cristobal, The Miami Herald, December 6, 2012, accessed December 11, 2012.
  7. Greg Cote, Greg Cote: FIU’s decision to fire Mario Cristobal impatient, unfair, The Miami Herald, December 6, 2012, accessed December 11, 2012.
  8. Tim Rohan, When Best Still Isn’t Good Enough, The New York Times, December 5, 2012, accessed December 11, 2012.
  9. David Moulton, David Moulton: Thoughts on the college football coaching landscape and more, Naples Daily News, December 11, 2012, accessed December 11, 2012.
  10. "UM Hires Mario Cristobal As Associate Head Coach". January 10, 2013. http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/01/10/um-hires-mario-cristobal-as-associate-head-coach/.
  11. Goodbread, Chase (February 18, 2013). "Alabama hires Mario Cristobal as offensive line coach". The Tuscaloosa News. http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20130218/NEWS/130219761?tc=cr.
  12. "Bruce Feldman on Mario Cristobal: 'Not sure there's a better recruiter in the country, anywhere'". December 8, 2017. https://www.diehards.com/oregon/bruce-feldman-mario-cristobal-not-sure-better-recruiter-country-anywhere.
  13. "Oregon hires Mario Cristobal as new head coach". https://www.si.com/college-football/2017/12/08/mario-cristobal-oregon-ducks-interim-tag-removed.
  14. "GoDucks.com - The University of Oregon Official Athletics". http://www.goducks.com/coaches.aspx?rc=1529.
  15. "Ducks to hire Mario Cristobal as their new co-offensive coordinator". https://247sports.com/college/alabama/Bolt/Breaking-Oregon-to-hire-Cristobal-as-co-OC-50520387.
  16. "Canzano: Oregon Ducks coach Mario Cristobal's first day was a score". http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/john_canzano/index.ssf/2017/12/canzano_oregon_ducks_coach_mar_2.html.

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