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Report: App State OC Frank Ponce to become new Hurricanes QB coach

Mario Cristobal’s coaching staff continues to fill out, and quickly.

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Remember when rivals were mocking Miami for not having a full staff? Good times.

According to multiple outlets, Miami native and Appalachian State offensive coordinator Frank Ponce is coming home to join Mario Cristobal’s staff as quarterbacks coach.

Ponce comes to Coral Gables after one year of calling plays at App State. However, it was a successful one, as quarterback Chase Brice set a single-season program record with 3,337 passing yards. Brice struggled and hopped around from Clemson to Duke and lastly to App State, but had a renaissance year last season under Ponce’s tutelage.

The 2021 season actually marked Ponce’s second tenure in Boone. From 2013-2018, he served as co-OC/QB coach for App State. QB Zac Taylor earned 2018 Sun Belt offensive player of the year honors. The season before that, Taylor Lamb threw 27 touchdowns to 6 interceptions. From 2019-2020, Ponce continued on Scott Satterfield’s staff in Louisville. Malik Cunningham - whose name Miami fans will certainly recognize - set the school record for passing efficiency at 194.45 in 2019.

Long story short: Ponce has been able to get significant production out of his quarterbacks during his stops in Boone and Louisville. Now, he’ll have far and away the best he’s had to work with in Tyler Van Dyke.

Ponce also has deep ties to local recruiting, having coached at La Progresiva Presbyterian, Coral Gables High, Miami Northwestern, Miami Central (where he coached Willis McGahee, by the way), and Miami Killian. That certainly can’t hurt either.