Bob Diaco will be joining the Tigers’ staff as an analyst, as was first reported by On3’s Matt Zenitz. Diaco spent 2005 with Kelly at Central Michigan before joining him at Cincinnati and Notre Dame. He spent six seasons with Kelly.
Diaco left Notre Dame to take the head coaching job at UConn until 2016, when he bounced around as an assistant. He was the DC at Louisiana Tech in 2019, where he was on staff with current LSU quarterbacks coach Joe Sloan. That Tech defense ranked third in CUSA in yards per play allowed.
Diaco brings a strong working relationship with Kelly and a decent track record of defensive coaching. LSU’s on-field staff has remained mostly intact, but the Tigers have lost some support staff.
Considering LSU’s linebackers coach Matt House is also the defensive coordinator, Diaco can help shoulder some of that LB workload. Diaco also has a history of special teams work, where LSU struggled in 2022.