HUNTINGTON --Marshall head football coach Doc Holliday announced Thursday that Alex Mirabal has been named an assistant coach on the offensive side of the Herd's coaching staff.
Mirabal, who served as Assistant Head Coach for six years at FIU, was also the Panthers' offensive line coach for the past three years after tutoring the tight ends his first three seasons.
"Alex provides an immediate boost to this coaching staff," Holliday said. "We are fortunate to welcome not only a great coach, but also a tenacious recruiter to our Marshall Football family."
In 2012, FIU offensive linemen Caylin Hauptmann and Rupert Bryan, Jr. were named second and third team All-Sun Belt Conference selections, respectively, by Phil Steele. During FIU's impressive two-year run in 2010 and 2011, Mirabal's offensive line was regarded as one of the best in the Sun Belt, allowing just 20 and 15 sacks, respectively. Behind a much-improved offensive line, FIU continually broken single-season and single-game offensive records.
In 2010, after an impressive victory over Troy -- the school's first against the Trojans when the Panthers rushed for an FIU-record 448 yards -- the entire offensive line was awarded a Helmet Sticker by ESPN.com
"It is an honor to be part of this program," Mirabal said. "Marshall University has a rabid fan base and I look forward to working with its student-athletes to achieve greatness, on and off the field."
A long-time Miami-Dade high school football coach, Mirabal taught and coached around south Florida since 1993 and, prior to arriving at FIU, helped Miami Christopher Columbus High School to three district championships in four years as the Explorers offensive line coach and run game coordinator.
2008, Mirabal's tight ends played an integral role in the emergence of
the FIU offense. Not only did that corps' blocking skills shore up an
improved passing game, but
the FIU tight ends also were on the receiving end of 17 total passes,
14 of those by junior Eric Kirchenberg.
the winter of 2007, Mirabal was honored with inclusion on the coaching
staff of Team USA Football, a Miami-Dade and Broward County high school
all-star team that
competed in and advanced to the championship round of the NFL Global
Junior Championship XI.
Mirabal began his coaching career at Christopher Columbus in 1993 by taking on a variety of roles. He was the Explorers' assistant track and field coach and a volunteer varsity football offensive line coach for six years. Mirabal was the school's junior varsity head football coach in 1994-95 and then took on the program's strength and conditioning coordinator responsibilities from 1996-2001. During that time, he also assumed the titles of varsity running backs coach in 1996-97 and then varsity offensive line coach from 1997-2001.
Mirabal moved on to G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School from 2001-03 and worked as the Bulldogs' offensive line coach and offensive coordinator in 2001-02. Beginning in 2003, he returned to Columbus and became an integral part of the Explorers' football success.
A native Miamian, Mirabal graduated with an associate's degree in general studies from Miami Dade College in 1991 and two years later earned his bachelor's degree in social studies education while a member of the Dean's List at FIU.
He and his wife, Berta, have two sons, Alejandro and Nicolas.