CORAL GABLES, Fla. - University of Miami Director of Athletics Blake James announced today the retention of a search firm and the formation of a search advisory committee as the University seeks a new head football coach.
Korn Ferry, one of the world's most respected search firms with vast experience in coaching searches, has been retained and will assist the University in all aspects of the search process.
The search advisory committee will provide James with input on the process and on candidates. Members of the advisory committee include Board of Trustees members Hilarie Bass, David Epstein and Steve Saiontz; Deputy Director of Athletics Jennifer Strawley and former UM standouts Jonathan Vilma and Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde.
"We are well underway in our search process," said James, "and, as expected, there is already a tremendous amount of interest in The U. Additionally, we are reaching out to a number of UM constituencies to engage in dialogue and to hear their thoughts and vision. We will work diligently to find a great fit for Miami and I want to thank in advance the members of the advisory committee for their dedication to our University."
Our take: It's really good to see two former players involved in the process. And we expect this to be a long, thorough search. It would be nice to have a decision either leading into or immediately after the Pitt game. Stay tuned for more as we learn it.