Who is Manny Diaz' wife Stephanie as ex-Miami coach joins Penn State?

Joshua Rogers December 13, 2021
Who is Manny Diaz' wife Stephanie as ex-Miami coach joins Penn State?
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The former Miami Hurricanes coach recently joined Penn State and fans want to know more about Manny Diaz’ wife Stephanie Cerow and their children.

Manny Diaz has been unveiled as Penn State’s defensive co-ordinator and linebacker coach. The 47-year-old was 21-15 in his three seasons at Miami, and had previously worked at  Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, Texas, Middle Tennessee, NC State and Florida State.

Diaz played football, basketball and baseball at Miami Country Day School, and had an interesting upbringing as the son of one of Miami’s most famous inhabitants. Here’s more on Manny Diaz’ wife Stephanie, as well as his children and parents.

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Ex-Hurricanes coach joins Penn State

On 11 December, it was announced Manny Diaz had been hired as Penn State’s defensive co-ordinator and linebacker coach. A few days before, Diaz was fired by Miami and replaced by Oregon coach Mario Cristobal.

Diaz replaces replaces Brent Pry in his new role at Penn State after Pry was unveiled recently as Virginia Tech’s head coach. Penn State coach James Franklin said they were: “Thrilled to add Manny Diaz as our defensive co-ordinator.”

“The opportunity to lead Linebacker U is an honour and I will work every day to uphold that tradition,” Diaz said in a statement. “I can’t wait to get on the field with this talented group, to get to know them, and to ultimately develop them as football players, students and young men.”

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Who is Manny Diaz’ wife Stephanie Cerow?

Given his new position at Penn State, fans want to know more about Manny Diaz’ wife, Stephanie Cerow. Manny and Stephanie have been together for many years and have lived in Miami with their three sons, Colin, Gavin, and Manny.

In a feature for The Athletic, Diaz said his wife became the “star of the story” when she was pregnant with their first child. During this time, Stephanie took care of the children while he pursued his coaching dreams.

“She was the one that was really like, ‘Let’s go do this. Let’s go follow this dream,’” Diaz told the outlet. “When you’re young, you’re naive, you don’t know what you’re up against. Because, to be honest, you shouldn’t do it. What I did was a very poor idea. But, sometimes with enough youthful naivete, you really don’t realise how stacked the odds are against you, and that’s kind of why it works.”

Manny and Stephanie tend to stay out of the limelight, but Diaz did share a photo with his wife and son Gavin during Gavin’s Varsity Football debut in 2018. Manny said he was “proud to watch” his son in the 30-0 victory.

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Diaz’ parents and interesting upbringing

Manny Diaz was born on 13 March 1974. He is the son of former Miami mayor Manny Diaz and wife Robin Smith. Mayor Diaz and his mother, Elisa (Manny’s grandmother), reportedly left Cuba in 1961 with just “ten cents in her pocket”.

Manny Sr later received his bachelor’s degree in political science and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1980. He was the 41st mayor of Miami and was in office from 17 November 2001 to 11 November 2009.

Manny Diaz Jr initially worked as production assistant at ESPN and wanted to be a sports journalist. However, he decided he wanted to go into coaching and ended up becoming Miami’s first Cuban-American head football coach.

Speaking to his mother in 2019, Manny Diaz Sr said: “Your son grows up to be mayor and your grandson the head coach. That’s Miami. That’s the American dream.”

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Joshua is a Senior Sports Writer at GRV Media with over five years of experience in online writing and editing. After receiving a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and an MA in Sports Journalism, he became a writer for a leading social publisher with over 7 million Facebook followers. Joshua then joined Reach PLC, covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online and regional publications like the Liverpool Echo. He then moved to a social media marketing agency and content studio, Brave Bison, acting as Website Editor for The Hook. Joshua now oversees all sports content on The Focus, specializing in NBA, NFL, F1, and tennis, while also keeping a close eye on his beloved Manchester United.