Irish make LaFleur hire official

January, 24, 2014
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Notre Dame made its hire of quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur official Friday, with the former Redskins quarterbacks coach scheduled to meet the media at an introductory press conference on Monday, Feb. 3.

The Irish will also introduce their new offensive coordinator then.
ESPN.com and other outlets reported the hire of LaFleur on Thursday, along with reporting last week that assistant Mike Denbrock will be promoted to full-time offensive coordinator.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to once again work with Coach [Brian] 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."

LaFleur spent two seasons as an offensive assistant on Kelly's staff at Central Michigan in 2004 and 2005.

"Matt has a proven résumé of developing quarterbacks at numerous levels of football, none more evident than his outstanding work with the Washington Redskins," Kelly said in a statement. "He was a major factor in the success not only of two rookies, Robert Griffin III 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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