Having previously announced the hire of Dan Enos as Offensive Coordinator and QB coach, and Eric Hickson and Butch Barry as RB and OL coaches, respectively, the Miami Hurricanes announced the final two members of the offensive coaching staff.
Joining the Hurricanes are Taylor Stubblefield as WR coach and Stephen Field as TE coach. Here’s the release on the hires from Miami Athletics:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami football program has hired Taylor Stubblefield as wide receivers coach and Stephen Field as tight ends coach, head coach Manny Diaz announced Friday.
“We’re excited to welcome these coaches to the Miami family,” Diaz said. “Taylor was a Biletnikoff Award finalist as a college receiver and he boasts a terrific track record coaching that position. He also has strong ties to our offensive coordinator, Dan Enos, which is significant as we begin to build and shape our offense.
“Stephen is an outstanding coach who has had great success at both the college and high school levels. He is a proven recruiter on a national scale, and also has strong ties to The U and to South Florida. They will both be excellent additions to our staff.”
Stubblefield, a record-setting wide receiver during his playing days at Purdue, comes to UM after two seasons as wide receivers coach at the Air Force Academy. Field, a veteran coach from the college and high school ranks, comes to UM from Louisville, where he was hired as Director of Recruiting earlier this month. This is his second tour of duty at Miami, having served as a defensive graduate assistant and special teams coach for the Hurricanes from 2007-08.
Stubblefield’s receivers averaged 17.7 yards per catch over his two seasons in Colorado Springs. In 2018, senior Marcus Bennett caught 24 passes for 465 yards and three scores and finished his career with an average of 21.6 yards per catch, ranking fifth in Falcons history.
In 2016, Stubblefield coached wide receivers for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, helping Kenny Shaw top the 1,000-yard receiving mark on 77 receptions.
Prior to his CFL stint, Stubblefield had college coaching stops at Utah (2014-15), Wake Forest (2013), New Mexico (2012), Central Michigan (2011), Illinois State (2009-10), Eastern Michigan (2008) and Central Washington (2007).
During his season in Winston-Salem, Stubblefield helped Michael Campanaro earn second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors. Stubblefield coached under Hurricanes offensive coordinator Dan Enos at CMU, where he coached three third-team all-Mid-American Conference receivers in Titus Davis, Courtney Williams and Cody Wilson. In his two years at Illinois State, Stubblefield coached three all-Missouri Valley Football Conference players, including first-team wide receiver Eyad Salem, who set a school record for receptions in a season with 92.
As a wide receiver at Purdue, Stubblefield was a consensus All-America selection and a 2004 finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation’s outstanding receiver. He finished his career (2001-04) with a then-NCAA record 316 receptions, ranking second in Big Ten history with 3,629 receiving yards. His 16 receiving touchdowns in 2004 are a Boilermakers single-season record.
After graduating from Purdue in 2005, Stubblefield had professional stints with the National Football League’s Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams as well as the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Stubblefield and his wife, Lisa, have a son, Jagger.
Field spent last season as the Director of Recruiting at Oregon, where he helped the Ducks land the top-ranked class in school history. Oregon’s 2019 class was ranked first in the Pacific-12 Conference and ninth nationally by 247 Sports.
In 2017, Field served as Louisville’s Director of High School Relations and NFL Liaison, helping the Cardinals sign 19 student-athletes during the initial early signing period, eight of which enrolled in January. The 2018 signing class featured a school-best 11 four-star recruits and a pair of Under Armour All-Americans.
Field came to Louisville after serving one season as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida A&M. Prior to joining the staff at FAMU, Field was a highly decorated head football coach and offensive coordinator at North Marion Senior High in 2014-15.
Field was named the 2015 Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) Coach of the Year, guiding North Marion to the regional quarterfinals, after his squad led the county in passing, rushing and scoring. Field was also selected as the offensive coordinator in the 2015 Offense-Defense All-American game in Orlando, Fla., and produced six players selected to play in the All-American game, a Marion County record.
Prior to his stint at North Marion, Field served as head coach and offensive coordinator at Miami Northwestern High (2012-14), where he restored the perennial prep power to prominence, guiding them to a regional appearance in his first season. During his tenure at Northwestern, 46 players earned scholarships, including future Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns.
Field coached running backs for three seasons at Hampton University (2009-11), in addition to serving as recruiting coordinator, run game coordinator and director of operations. He helped the Pirates produce two top 10 MEAC rushers during that stretch.
Before his stint at Hampton, Field coached two years at UM (2007-08) on the defensive side of the ball, working with future NFL draft picks like Kenny Phillips, Tavares Gooden, Sean Spence, Darryl Sharpton, Brandon Harris and Allen Bailey.
In 2005-06, Field was the offensive run game coordinator, running backs coach and academic coach at Glades Central High in Belle Glade, Fla. While at Glades Central, he coached back-to-back 1,000 yard rushers in Aston Samuels and Damien Berry. In 2006, Glades Central won the Class 3A championship.
Field also spent a season at Deerfield Beach High, where he coached 1,000-yard rusher Roderick Ferguson, and four years at Miami Central High, where he coached the top two statistical ranking wide receivers in Dade County in 2002 (Willie Foster, Marcus Daniels).
Field was a two-time all-state selection at Palm Beach Lakes High, helping them to the only undefeated season in school history. He played tight end for two seasons at Tuskegee University. Field later earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from University of Phoenix, and a master’s degree in liberal studies from UM.
A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., Field has a daughter, Le’ah Skye Field.
Stubblefield is a name known to CFB fans. He was a freshman All-American, a consensus All-American as a senior in 2004, and ended his 4-year career at Purdue as the NCAA’s all-time leader in receptions (he has since been passed by several players and is 6th on that list). After that, he bounced around a bit before becoming a coach.
Stubblefield has coached receivers exclusively in several different places, most notably Central Michigan in 2011 — where he worked for new Canes OC Dan Enos — Utah, and most recently Air Force. Stubblefield was known as a player and is known as a coach as a master tactician at the WR position. He does, however, need to show that he can recruit to a Miami-caliber level.
Field is a University of Miami alum who has extensive ties to South Florida. Field played at Miami Northwestern HS, and at the University of Miami. That’s right: Field is a Canes alum.
After his playing career ended, Field was an defensive and special teams assistant with the Canes before moving on to coach at the HS level. Field spent time as an assistant at Miami Central, Glades Central, and Deerfield Beach and head coach at Miami Northwestern and North Marion. Field also spent 3 years at Hampton University as an Offensive Assistant previously.
Field got a big step up when Louisville hired him to help run their recruiting department. After succeeding in that role, Field was hired by Oregon in the same role and helped the Ducks to their best recruiting class in program history in 2019, including #2 overall recruit Kayvon Thibodeaux. Field was hired back to Louisville recently in the same recruiting role, but the allure of coming home to SoFLA and a promotion to an on-field coaching role were too much to turn down.
Field’s impact in recruiting should be palpable. He’s run recruiting departments at 2 P5 schools, and is a monster recruiter in his own right. With national connections and demonstrated excellence in that role, I fully expect Field to be a big, BIG addition to the Canes, and their recruiting efforts moving forward.
With the hires of Stubblefield and Field now announced, Miami’s coaching staff is complete. There may be analysts or other off-field roles where additional hires are made, but the top-level staff — HC and his 10 on-field assistants — is now fully formed.
And now, it’s time to get to work, on the Greentree Practice Fields, in the Carol Soffer Indoor Football Practice Facility, and on the recruiting trail, specifically in South Florida.
The New Miami.
Let’s get it.