Notre Dame names Mike Denbrock offensive coordinator

Notre Dame names Mike Denbrock offensive coordinator
January 30, 2014, 6:45 pm
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Notre Dame named Mike Denbrock the team's offensive coordinator Thursday, removing the interim tag from his title.

Denbrock was named Notre Dame's interim offensive coordinator in December after Chuck Martin left to take the head-coaching job at Miami (Ohio).

Fitting with coach Brian Kelly's history, he hired an offensive coordinator with whom he's previously coached. Prior to joining Notre Dame's staff in 2010, Denbrock worked with Kelly at D-II Grand Valley State from 1992 to 1998, and the pair were graduate assistants there in 1987.

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Denbrock also spent three seasons on Notre Dame's coaching staff (offensive tackles/tight ends) from 2002 to 2004. From 2010 to 2011, Denbrock coached Notre Dame's tight ends, including Vikings Pro Bowler Kyle Rudolph and Bengals first-round pick Tyler Eifert.

Denbrock coached Notre Dame's outside wide receivers in 2012 and 2013, helping with the development of T.J. Jones and DaVaris Daniels, among others.

"He's one of the best coaches that I've had, not only from an understanding of the game standpoint but just from understanding players, players' bodies, how to really work with them," Jones said before the Pinstripe Bowl. "I think he's a guy that'll take that role and run with it. He's a guy who, if he gets it, is well deserving of it. I know that he won't do anything less than great with it."