- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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Notre Dame lost its two coordinators when Bob Diaco and Chuck Martin took head-coaching jobs. The Irish lost a handful of support staff members as well.
Both the UConn and Miami (Ohio) head coaches announced their staffs this week, with each featuring a number of Notre Dame ties.
Diaco brings along Ernest Jones and Josh Reardon, who will serve as the Huskies' running backs/player engagement coach and co-special teams coordinator/cornerbacks coach, respectively.
Jones was the director of player development and engagement with the Irish the past two seasons. Reardon was a Notre Dame graduate assistant the past two seasons.
Martin, meanwhile, brings along Corey Brown as his defensive line coach after Brown spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant with the Irish defense. Bill Brechin also joins the RedHawks in a to-be-determined title after serving one year as Grand Valley State's receivers coach, which was preceded by three years on Notre Dame's offensive staff.
Notre Dame’s all-time leading rusher, Autry Denson, joins Martin at Miami as well to coach the running backs.
"We've worked together at multiple universities for the better part of 10 years now," Diaco said of Jones. "He's been a great asset to me, he's helped me grow as a person in a lot of different areas. Coach Jones will be the Director of Player Engagement, which is going to work on a few of our pillars of development. He's a person that's passionate about taking the baton from someone's parents, and taking that baton that person and passing it on to the next phase of his life better than he found it. He's got a great passion and energy for that and he's fantastic in that role."
"Coach Josh Reardon is here, he's been impressive for me as a player, he then became a student assistant, then a graduate assistant," Diaco said. "He furthered his career and has a great expertise in this area, this greater New England and northern footprint as he recruited and coached positions in this area. He intimately helped me as a coordinator to build the defenses we had [at Notre Dame]. He's going to be an incredible asset and resource in not only helping Anthony and Vincent create the very best defense that limits points and big plays, but also special teams."