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Peter Vaas
Offensive Coordinator

Peter Vaas was one of the first hires to the Miami coach staff when he was named Offensive Coordinator on Jan. 2.

The association between Vaas and Haywood dates back to 2005 and '06 when the two men served together on Charlie Weis's Notre Dame staff. Vaas was quarterbacks coach and Haywood was offensive coordinator during that time for the Fighting Irish.

Vaas's last appearance in the collegiate ranks was 2007 when he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Duke.

During his two seasons at Notre Dame, he helped the Irish to a 19-6 record with consecutive BCS bowl game appearances -- Fiesta & Sugar. He coached record-setting All-America quarterback Brady Quinn, who won the Maxwell Trophy and Johnny Unitas Award in 2006 after throwing for 3,426 yards and 37 touchdowns. Quinn, also the recipient of the Cingular All-America Player of the Year award, twice was named Notre Dame's MVP and finished his career with school records of 11,762 passing yards and 95 touchdown passes.

Vaas served six seasons as a head coach in NFL Europe, guiding the Berlin Thunder (21-21 overall record from 2000-03) to World Bowl championships in 2001 and 2002 while earning the league's Coach of the Year honor in 2002. He then directed the Cologne Centurions (2004-05) for two seasons, compiling a 10-10 overall record. Vaas also served two seasons (1998-99) as an assistant coach for the Barcelona Dragons, helping the team to an 11-9 ledger and a berth in the 1999 World Bowl.

Prior to his coaching stints in NFL Europe, Vaas was the offensive coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1996. That season, Montreal led the CFL in rushing and fewest turnovers and posted a 12-6 regular-season ledger.

Vaas, a 1974 graduate of Holy Cross, returned to his alma mater as head football coach and registered a 14-30 overall record from 1992-95. He served under head coach Lou Holtz on the Notre Dame staff in 1990 (running backs) and 1991 (quarterbacks). In that two-year span, the Fighting Irish went 19-6, defeated seven top-25 opponents and played in the Orange and Sugar Bowls. The 1991 squad established a Notre Dame regular-season record by totaling 426 points by eclipsing the 40-point barrier in six games.

Vaas spent the previous four seasons as head football coach at Allegheny College where he compiled a 29-11-1 record from 1986-89. He guided the Gators to North Coast Athletic Conference titles in 1987 and 1988, earning league Coach of the Year honors in both of those seasons.

Prior to taking the head coaching job at Allegheny College, Vaas was a member of the coaching staff at New Hampshire as the offensive backfield coach from 1979-82 and later offensive coordinator from 1983-85. He got his start in coaching at Allegheny College where he spent five seasons (1974-78) as an assistant coach.

A native of Westwood, Massachusetts, Vaas was a three-year starter at quarterback at Holy Cross. He was enshrined into the Westwood High School Hall of Fame in 1992 and was inducted into Allegheny's Hall of Fame in 1999.

Vaas and his wife, Rosann, have two daughters, Katelyn and Kelly.

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KiJuan Ware
Offensive Coach (Position TBA)

KiJuan Ware entered his first season as an assistant coach on the Miami staff when he was named as an offensive assistant on Jan. 4. His specific responsibilities will be announced shortly.

In 2008, Ware served under Haywood at Notre Dame as an offensive intern. He was responsible for film breakdowns, scouting reports, playbooks and various other duties. Ware first worked with Haywood when he served as an instructor at Notre Dame's summer camp.

Prior to joining the Fighting Irish staff, Ware was an assistant football coach at Georgetown University where he coached the wide receivers in 2006 and `07 and also was the team's recruiting coordinator in 2007. From 2004-05, he was an assistant coach at Dartmouth College where he tutored the wide receivers in 2005 and the defensive backs in 2004.

Ware received his first collegiate coaching job at his alma mater, Springfield College, and was an assistant coach from 2002-03. He spent five years as a teacher and the offensive coordinator at Weaver High School in Hartford, Connecticut.

Ware graduated from Springfield College in 1997 with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and computer science. While at Springfield, Ware was a quarterback on the football team and was a pitcher and first baseman on the baseball team. In 2004, Ware earned a master's degree from Springfield in physical education and athletic administration.

Ware was awarded a Fullbright Scholarship in 2000 and studied in Japan and, in 2006, was one of 15 selected participants for the NCAA football Coaching Academy.

Ware is married (wife, Michelle).

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Morris Watts
Quarterbacks Coach

Morris Watts begins his first season on the Miami coaching staff after being named quarterbacks coach on Jan. 4.

Watts, one of college football's most innovative and experienced coaches, has been in the profession for 44 years and has competed at every level of the game. Most recently, he assisted at Broken Arrow (Oklahoma) High School last season, but has worked with a number of all-star quarterbacks over the years. Watts's former professional signal-callers include Indiana's Tim Clifford, MSU's Jim Miller, Tony Banks and Jeff Smoker, Cliff Stoudt of the USFL's Birmingham Stallions, and Vinny Testeverde of the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Collegiately, Watts most recently spent one season at Mississippi State (2003), joining Jackie Sherrill's staff as offensive coordinator.

He spent three different terms as offensive coordinator at Michigan State, first from 1986-90 and 1992-94 under head coach George Perles, then again from 1999-2002 under Nick Saban and Bobby Williams. Watts was the Spartans' interim head coach for the final three games of the 2002 season. Two of his greatest athletes included receiver Charles Rogers and running back T.J. Duckett. In 2001, Watts was nominated for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach. MSU led the Big Ten in passing offense (a school-record 292.5 yards per game) and total offense (447 yards per game), and was third in scoring offense (31.2 points per game) that year. That total offense mark was the second-best average in school history. Altogether, MSU won two Big Ten titles and made seven postseason bowl appearances.

Watts's tenure at Michigan State was interrupted by a one-year term as quarterbacks coach of the National Football League's Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1991), where he tutored Testaverde. Watts' professional football experience also includes a stint as quarterbacks coach of the Birmingham Stallions of the USFL (1984-85).

Watts spent four years at LSU, where he helped the Tigers to a combined 31-16 record from 1995-98, including a school-record three consecutive postseason bowl triumphs. Under his direction, the Tigers won back-to-back Southeastern Conference rushing titles (1996-97) and produced three of the highest-scoring teams in school history. The `95 LSU team beat Michigan State, 45-26, in the Independence Bowl, the `96 squad capped a 10-2 season with a victory over Clemson in the Peach Bowl, and the `97 Tigers beat Notre Dame 27-9 in the Independence Bowl to culminate a nine-win campaign. He also worked with the quarterbacks in Baton Rouge in 1983.

Watts was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Kansas in 1982, served as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach for Coach Lee Corso at Indiana (1973-81), was offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Louisville in 1972, and at Drake (1965-71). Watts helped Indiana to the 1979 Holiday Bowl, one of 11 postseason classics in which he has coached.

A 1961 graduate of the University of Tulsa, Watts played running back for the Golden Hurricane. He earned a master's degree from Pittsburg (Kan.) State in 1964.

His family includes wife, Marlene, his daughter Charlavan, and his son, Danny.

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