Kuligowski, who joined the Hurricanes’ staff last season after 15 years at the University of Missouri, will continue to coach Miami’s defensive line.
“Craig did an outstanding job last season working with our defensive line,” Richt said. “He’s a terrific motivator and a great teacher.”
Miami’s defensive line showed vast improvement under Kuligowski’s guidance in 2016. The Hurricanes ranked 20th nationally in total defense, fifth in tackles for loss and 22nd in sacks. In addition, Kuligowski’s defensive line scheme helped limit opponents to just 4.75 yards per play, a figure which ranked ninth in the nation. Miami ranked 86th in the country in yards per play allowed in 2015.
Joe Jackson ranked second among true freshmen nationwide with 8.5 sacks, while sophomore Kendrick Norton registered 10 tackles for loss and earned third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors.
Kuligowski is entering his 26th year of coaching. He played offensive tackle at Toledo, where he earned his bachelor’s of business administration degree. He and his wife, Mary, have three children.