Notre Dame officially hires Brian VanGorder as DC

Notre Dame officially hires Brian VanGorder as DC
January 13, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Notre Dame officially hired Brian VanGorder as its defensive coordinator on Monday, the school announced.

VanGorder served as the New York Jets' linebackers coach in 2013, though has plenty of experience as defensive coordinator at top-level programs. The Jackson, Mich., native served as the defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2001-2004 and Auburn in 2012, and also was the Atlanta Falcons' defensive coordinator from 2008-2011. The Falcons finished with a winning record in each of VanGorder's four seasons and made the playoffs three times during that span.

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In 2003, VanGorder won the Broyles Award, given annually to college football's top assistant coach.

VanGorder and Brian Kelly coached together from 1989-1991 at Grand Valley State, and VanGorder played with Notre Dame strength and conditioning coach Paul Longo at Wayne State. He replaces Bob Diaco, who left to take the head coaching job at UConn in December, on Notre Dame's staff.

Kelly said after the Dec. 28 Pinstripe Bowl he reached an agreement with someone to be his defensive coordinator, though couldn't provide details as a contract was still being finalized. Soon after the bowl ended, reports surfaced that Kelly's hire would be VanGorder.

Kelly and VanGorder will meet with the media at 2 p.m. CST on Tuesday.