Notre Dame announces Matt LaFleur as QB coach

Notre Dame announces Matt LaFleur as QB coach
January 24, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Notre Dame officially announced the hiring of Matt LaFleur as the team's quarterbacks coach Friday, following multiple reports of his hiring Thursday.

LaFleur coached quarterbacks -- including Robert Griffin III -- with the Washington Redskins from 2010-2013. He coached under Brian Kelly in 2004 and 2005 at Central Michigan as an offensive assistant.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to once again work with Coach Kelly - who I believe is best head coach in the country," LaFleur said in a statement. "I'm extremely honored to be a member of such an outstanding coaching staff and join the premier program in college football. The history and tradition at this university is unmatched. I can't begin to describe my excitement to get started."

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Kelly pointed to LaFleur's work with the Redskins in lauding the newest member of his staff. 

"Matt has a proven resume of developing quarterbacks at numerous levels of football, none more evident than his outstanding work with the Washington Redskins," Kelly said. "He was a major factor in the success not only of two rookies, Griffin and Kirk Cousins, but was also crucial in the resurgence of Rex Grossman's career, who in 2010 under LaFleur established numerous career bests.

"My respect for Matt goes back to his time as an outstanding quarterback at Saginaw Valley State. He was an incredible competitor and displayed all the characteristics a coach would want in his signal callers. That competitive drive to succeed was on display every day during his time with me at Central Michigan. He will develop our quarterbacks at Notre Dame to the highest level. I'm thrilled to have him on our coaching staff."

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Under LaFleur, Griffin set an NFL record for rookie passer rating. Grossman threw for 3,151 yards in 2011, only 42 yards short of his career high.

LaFleur will hold a press conference with the media Feb. 3 in South Bend, two days before signing day.