Thursday, March 4, 2010
Martin to head Notre Dame recruiting efforts
By Brian Bennett
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has named defensive backs coach Chuck Martin his recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Mike Elston as his special teams coordinator.
Martin joined the Irish after serving as Grand Valley State head coach from 2004-09, winning two NCAA Division II national titles.
"Chuck and I have a shared philosophy on how to recruit, which stems from our similar coaching background, and I know he'll be a dynamic representative of our program when addressing a group of recruits," Kelly said. "Chuck will do a great job coordinating our recruiting efforts because he is very persistent and very organized. These traits will help him with high school players and coaches as well as ensure our coaching staff is efficient during the evaluation process."
"We didn't have a coach with the title of recruiting coordinator at Grand Valley State, so, in essence, I was the recruiting coordinator," Martin said. "I think that experience will benefit me in this role as I'm used to managing coaches during a recruiting cycle as well as formulating a recruiting plan.
"Having worked with Coach Kelly in the past, I think I know the type of players he is looking for and the ones that fit his offensive and defensive systems. I've used his same philosophy in recruiting in the past so that should help us moving forward."
Elston has coached with Kelly the past six seasons and was special teams coordinator at Central Michigan in 2006 and at Cincinnati from 2007-09. At Cincinnati, he coached the Big East special teams player of the year in all three seasons: return specialist Mardy Gilyard in 2008 and 2009 and punter Kevin Huber in 2007.
"The most important part of special teams is putting the right personnel on the field," Elston said. "After that, the next important aspect is keeping it simple so our players can play as fast as they would on offense or defense. We'll also choose aggressive schemes that force teams to defend us on every play. For instance, our punt team forces teams to cover us on fourth down like our offense is still on the field."