Nix has been offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech for the last three seasons, taking over playcalling responsibilities from Chan Gailey this year.
"I am honored to be the new offensive coordinator," Nix said
Friday night in a statement released by the school. "It's a great
opportunity to coach at one of the top college football programs in
Nix is a former standout quarterback at Auburn, where as a sophomore in 1993, he helped lead the school to an 11-0 record.
First-year Miami coach Randy Shannon had been seeking an offensive coordinator since being named Larry Coker's successor. Among candidates he spoke with were former Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter, who took a job with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers, who elected to stay in the NFL.
"I look forward to working with Coach Shannon, the rest of the
staff and the players, and to being part of the Miami family,"
Nix said. "One thing that really
impressed me when I was dealing with everybody, from President
Shalala on down, was their love for the University of Miami. I'm
excited to be part of it."
Shannon said he was impressed with the way Nix's Georgia Tech
offense played against his Miami defense this past season. The
Yellow Jackets rallied from a 10-0 deficit to beat the Hurricanes
30-23, on the way to winning the Atlantic Coast Conference's
Coastal Division title.
"You always judge a coach on what they present," Shannon said.
"Patrick Nix did a great job against us last year adjusting to
what we did as a defense. And, as we adjusted on defense, he
adjusted on offense again to keep us off-balance. Imagine what
he'll do against other defenses."
Joe Schad is ESPN TV's national college football reporter. The Associated Press contributed to this report.