5 things you may not have known about Mario Cristobal
He's endorsed by Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
Born and raised in Miami, Fla., Cristobal went on to play offensive line for the Miami Hurricanes from 1989–1992, winning national titles in 1989 and 1991. He was a teammates of movie star, Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock.
Cristobal, after failing to make the Denver Broncos roster in 1994 as an undrafted rookie free agent, spent two seasons in NFL Europe before starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Miami in 1998.
Spent his early days at Miami and Rutgers
Cristobal spent time as an assistant coach at Miami and Rutgers before landing his first head coaching job in 2007 with Florida International.
Turned around FIU
Cristobal, who has two young sons with his wife Jessica, took over the FIU Panthers following an 0-12 season in the team's second year as in FBS. He went 1-11 in 2007 but three years later went 7-6 to claim a share of the Sun Belt Conference title in 2010, and finished 8-5 in 2011. (Photo courtsey of GoDucks.com)
Won a national title at Alabama
Cristobal was fired following the 2012 season after FIU regressed to 3-9. Then athletic director Pete Garcia was criticized for overreacting. Cristobal landed on his feet as the OL coach at Alabama where he helped the Crimson Tide win a national title in 2015.