Diaz graduated from the University of Oregon in June, 2012 and was immediately hired at West Los Angeles College as the Quarterback’s Coach and Video Coordinator. Diaz applies concepts he learned in his previous role as the offense undergraduate assistant at the University of Oregon under head coach Chip Kelly. While at Oregon, Coach Diaz was involved in two conference championship teams, a Rose Bowl and a National Championship. Diaz was mentored by coach Scott Frost, where he learned key concepts of the Oregon offense and how to attack the opponents’ defense on a weekly basis.
In his first year as the Co-Offensive Coordinator at Independence Community College, Frank assisted the Pirates to being ranked 5th in NJCAA and Kansas Jayhawk Conference Champions for the first time in 30 years. Along with becoming champions, Independence were victorious in their bowl game against #4 ranked NEO. Diaz coached a great group of quarterbacks; Malik Henry (Florida State bounce back) Sherion Jones (Tennessee bounce back) Brandon Bea who signed with Boise State this December and a true Freshman Drake Smith from Tennessee who finished the last two games of the season. The season was featured in Netflix Documentary series ‘Last Chance U’ (July 2018).
His five seasons with West Los Angeles, Diaz’s quarterbacks have consistently performed at a high level, totaling 15,814 passing yards and 165 touchdowns in only ten games per season, with an overall 67.9% completion percentage. In fact, since becoming the Quarterback’s Coach at West Los Angeles College, Diaz has recruited, coached and developed two conference Players of the Year, an All-State player of the year, and three Junior College (“Juco”) All-Americans. Diaz has a proven track record of recruiting and developing young talent.
The elevated play of Diaz’s quarterbacks has improved the offense at West Los Angeles as a whole. Specifically, West Los Angeles averaged 39 points per game in 2012, 43 points per game in 2014 and 41 points per game 2016, as well as a total average of 4,632 yards’ total offense. Of note, the offense set a California Junior College football scoring record with 83 points in a single game, which ranks as the second highest score in a game nationally.
In 2016 Diaz, coached Jorge Reyna to dominate California Junior College Football, culminating with Reyna becoming the Nation’s leading passer in several statistical categories. Specifically, Reyna finished the 10-game season leading the nation in six passing categories: 1) 364.6 yards per game; 2) 46 total TD; 3) 70.5 passing percentage; 4) 39 passing touchdowns; 5) 3,646 passing yards; and 6) 316 completions. Reyna received National Player of the Week vs. Santa Barbara when he passed for 419 yards and 4 touchdowns, with 74.6% completion perchance (50 of 67).
In fact, Reyna was the only quarterback in Junior College football with over 300 completions and a 70.5% completion percentage. Reyna distributed the ball well, connecting with 3 receivers for over 50 receptions each. Diaz emphasized high-percentage throws, which helped lead Reyna’s top receivers, Daniel Bell (WR) and Rasheed Cox (WR), to finish #1 and #2 nationally with 94 and 73 receptions respectively. Diaz’s tutelage helped transform Reyna from a 0-star recruit into a 3-star Quarterback, per scout.com. This ranking led quarterback guru Jeff Tedford to recruit Reyna, who became Tedford’s first commit at Fresno State.
In 2015, Diaz set out to recruit top Southern California junior college prospect, quarterback Jorge Reyna from Pasadena High school. Reyna finished his first year under Diaz throwing for 2,753 and completing 235 passes. Jorge was ranked as the 6th best quarterback in CCCAA.
In 2014, Diaz coached Dallas Lopez to a stellar season. Specifically, Lopez was among California’s best, leading the state in completions with 247, a completion percentage of 65.9%. (2nd), as well as 3,108 yards passing and 25 passing touchdowns. Lopez’s stat line was good for 7th in the nation. Lopez also rushed for 13 touchdowns and accounted for 4,793 yards of total offense (2nd) while averaging 43.1 points per game. Lopez’s most impressive performance occurred in week 10 when he threw for 448 yards and 7 touchdowns and no interceptions on 33 of 36 pass attempts, while also rushing for 1 touchdown. Lopez earned All-Conference, Player of the Year Award and was All-California First Team Offense. Lopez’s impressive season led to him being scouted by BYU.
In 2013, Diaz took on an expanded role and coached Wide Receivers in addition to coaching Quarterbacks. Under Diaz’s guidance, Wide Receiver LaRon Barnes earned All-America and was All-California First Team Offense. Quarterback Derek Stewart finished the season as the 10th best quarterback in California and signed with Humboldt State.
In 2012, Diaz recruited Dallas Lopez, who in his freshman year threw for 3,292 yards and 29 touchdowns, rushed for 7 touchdowns, and completed 67.9% of his passes. Lopez’s completion percentage was the highest in Junior College Football in the state of California that year. The offense with Lopez at the helm averaged 329.3 yards per game and 39.9 points per game, which ranked 4th in total offense in California.
In addition to focusing on player development, Diaz has a sharp eye for recruiting. Coach Diaz has successfully recruited players from Los Angeles, Mississippi, Texas and Minnesota. While recruiting, Diaz evaluates and scouts each player for transferable skills that will result in an efficient and effective offense.
PERSONAL—Education: Bachelor’s in Sociology in 2012. In high school, Diaz was an All-League Defensive Back and Defensive team captain. Frank is the oldest of two younger brothers.