Thursday, January 23, 2014
Irish to hire LaFleur as QB coach
By Matt Fortuna
Notre Dame will hire former Washington Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur to the same position, a source told ESPN.com, completing its 2014 coaching staff. The Washington Post was the first to report the news.
LaFleur was with the Redskins for the past four seasons, the last two of which were spent mentoring 2011 Heisman Trophy winner and 2012 NFL Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III. LaFleur will now be charged with helping the development of Everett Golson, who re-enrolled at Notre Dame this spring after serving a semester-long suspension last fall because of an academic violation.
Golson helped lead the Fighting Irish to the Discover BCS National Championship during the 2012 season as a redshirt freshman.
Like Notre Dame's other outside hire this offseason, defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, LaFleur has a tie to Irish head coach Brian Kelly. LaFleur served as an offensive assistant under Kelly at Central Michigan in 2004 and 2005. VanGorder, brought over from New York after one season as the Jets' linebackers coach, had served as Kelly's defensive coordinator at Grand Valley State in 1991.
ESPN.com reported last week that Mike Denbrock, a four-year Irish offensive assistant who spent the last two seasons coaching outside receivers, will be named Notre Dame's next offensive coordinator. Denbrock held the title on an interim basis after former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chuck Martin left in December to take the head-coaching job at Miami (Ohio).
Shortly after Martin's departure, former defensive coordinator Bob Diaco took the UConn head-coaching job.