Renato Diaz was named wide receivers coach at Georgetown University in June 2011.
Renato Diaz was named wide receivers coach at Georgetown University in June 2011. At Georgetown, Diaz will plan, organize and execute all facets of the wide receiver position within Offensive Coordinator David Patenaude's offense.
Diaz comes to the Hilltop after spending the past three seasons on the coaching staff at Delaware State University where he served as the running backs coach and kickoff and punt returners coach with the Hornets. At Delaware State, Diaz worked with Larrone Moore who led Division I FCS with a kick return average of 34.80 yards per return in 2010. He also coached Travis Tarpley, who was 10th in the nation averaging 26.33 yards per return in 2009.
Prior to his time with the Hornets, Diaz spent three seasons coaching running backs and tight ends, while serving as the recruiting coordinator at Florida A&M. He helped RB Phillip Sylvester become the 2007 MEAC Rookie of the Year, rushing for 858 yards on 151 carries (5.68 yards/carry), as he led the MEAC and finished 17th in the nation, averaging 164.3 all-purpose rushing yards per game as a freshman. Diaz also helped tight end Taj Jenkins earn All-MEAC First Team. In 2005, he helped Rashard Pompey to a 1,107 yard season on 194 carries (5.71 yards/carry), as he led the MEAC in rushing, with 110.7 yards per game.
Diaz worked as the running back and special teams coach at Widener University for the 2004 season, helping the kickoff return units rank 11th in the nation with 23.3 yards per return and two touchdowns. He was the wide receivers coach at Christopher Columbus Catholic High School in Miami, Fla., in 2003 after assisting the New York Jets offensive staff during training camp in 2003.
He served as the running backs coach at Florida International University for two seasons, from 2001-03. At FIU, Diaz coached RB Rashod Smith to a spot on the Division I-AA All-Independent First Team. Prior to his time at FIU, Diaz spent the 2000 season at Columbia University, where he helped Johnathan Reese become the first RB in school history to top the 1,000 yard mark, becoming a unanimous Ivy League First Team selection.
Diaz began his coaching career at his alma mater, University of South Florida, in 1996 as an offensive assistant. He rose to the position of tight ends coach, special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator, where he served during the 1998 and 1999 seasons. While there, Diaz coached kicker Bill Gramatica to become USF's first All-American and a fourth round draft choice by the Arizona Cardinals. In 1999, his punt return unit ranked eighth in the I-AA in net punting, while his kickoff return unit ranked 12th in the nation with 22.3 yards per return. In 1998, his punt return unit ranked first in the nation in total return yards against, limiting opponents to a season total of 30 yards.
Diaz, a Habana, Cuba native, was raised in Miami, Fla. and graduated from USF in 1983 with his bachelor of science in geology. Diaz also graduated from the NCAA Advanced Coaching Academy in 2005 and the Expert Coaching Academy in 2007. Diaz was married to his wife, Patricia, in June 2010.