Report: Hurricanes assistant Ephraim Banda to be defensive coordinator at Utah State

David Furones, South Florida Sun Sentinel

Miami Hurricanes safeties coach and co-defensive coordinator Ephraim Banda will not return to UM next season as he has accepted a position as Utah State defensive coordinator, according to a report from The Athletic.

In December, Football Scoop reported new Aggies coach Blake Anderson was targeting Banda to run his defense.

The opportunity affords Banda the opportunity to call plays defensively for the first time in his career. While he earned a co-defensive coordinator title under coach Manny Diaz at Miami, Blake Baker would call plays.

Banda has a longstanding relationship with Diaz. He has been his safeties coach with the Hurricanes through his Diaz’s tenure as Miami defensive coordinator from 2016 to 2018 and the last two seasons as head coach. He also was an assistant on Diaz’s defense at Mississippi State in 2015 and was a graduate assistant on Diaz’s Texas defenses early last decade.

The report also said Miami senior defensive analyst Mike Zuckerman will be inside linebackers coach on Banda’s defense at Utah State.