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Mirabal was named Offensive Line coach in February of 2013.
During his tenure in Huntington, Mirabal mentored All-Conference USA honorees Chris Jasperse (first team in 2013 and 2014), Garrett Scott (second team in 2013), Clint Van Horn (second team in 2013, first in 2014), Sebastian Johansson (first team in 2015), Michael Selby (second team in 2015) and Levi Brown (second team in 2017). Selby (2013), Brown (2016) and Tarik Adams (2017) were named to the league's All-Freshman team as well.
In the classroom, Trevor Mendelson was named to the conference's All-Academic Team in 2014.
Van Horn was selected to the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award watch lists, while Jasperse and Selby were also named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List during their time with the Thundering Herd. Scott was selected in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.
Marshall's offense was among the best in the FBS during Mirabal's five seasons, much of it a product of solid play up front. The Herd ranked sixth, 12th and second in total offense from 2012-14, respectively. Marshall averaged 534.3, 500.4 and 559.2 yards per game in those seasons. The Herd also ranked in the top seven nationally in each of those three seasons in scoring offense, with at least 41 points per game each time.
In 2017, Marshall allowed just 11 sacks, the fourth-best total nationally, en route to Marshall’s fourth bowl win (4-0) in his five seasons.
Mirabal, who served as Assistant Head Coach for six years at FIU, was also the Panthers' offensive line coach for the past three years after tutoring the tight ends his first three seasons.
In 2012, FIU offensive linemen Caylin Hauptmann and Rupert Bryan, Jr. were named second and third team All-Sun Belt Conference selections, respectively, by Phil Steele. During FIU's impressive two-year run in 2010 and 2011, Mirabal's offensive line was regarded as one of the best in the Sun Belt, allowing just 20 and 15 sacks, respectively. Behind a much-improved offensive line, FIU continually broken single-season and single-game offensive records.
In 2010, after an impressive victory over Troy -- the school's first against the Trojans when the Panthers rushed for an FIU-record 448 yards -- the entire offensive line was awarded a Helmet Sticker by ESPN.com
A long-time Miami-Dade high school football coach, Mirabal taught and coached around south Florida since 1993 and, prior to arriving at FIU, helped Miami Christopher Columbus High School to three district championships in four years as the Explorers offensive line coach and run game coordinator.
In 2008, Mirabal's tight ends played an integral role in the emergence of the FIU offense. Not only did that corps' blocking skills shore up an improved passing game, but the FIU tight ends also were on the receiving end of 17 total passes, 14 of those by junior Eric Kirchenberg.
During the winter of 2007, Mirabal was honored with inclusion on the coaching staff of Team USA Football, a Miami-Dade and Broward County high school all-star team that competed in and advanced to the championship round of the NFL Global Junior Championship XI.
Mirabal began his coaching career at Christopher Columbus in 1993 by taking on a variety of roles. He was the Explorers' assistant track and field coach and a volunteer varsity football offensive line coach for six years. Mirabal was the school's junior varsity head football coach in 1994-95 and then took on the program's strength and conditioning coordinator responsibilities from 1996-2001. During that time, he also assumed the titles of varsity running backs coach in 1996-97 and then varsity offensive line coach from 1997-2001.
Mirabal moved on to G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School from 2001-03 and worked as the Bulldogs' offensive line coach and offensive coordinator in 2001-02. Beginning in 2003, he returned to Columbus and became an integral part of the Explorers' football success.
A native Miamian, Mirabal graduated with an associate's degree in general studies from Miami Dade College in 1991 and two years later earned his bachelor's degree in social studies education while a member of the Dean's List at FIU.
He and his wife, Berta, have two sons, Alejandro and Nicolas.