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Notre Dame shakes up coaching staff

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Thanks to the departure of running backs coach Tim Hinton for Ohio State — and the departure of offensive line coach Ed Warinner, likely to the same locale — Notre Dame announced several changes to their coaching staff Monday.

In a press release, the Irish confirmed that defensive coordinator Bob Diaco has been named assistant head coach, Chuck Martin has been named offensive coordinator, Kerry Cooks has been promoted to co-defensive coordinator and Scott Booker has been promoted from offensive intern to a full-time assistant position.

All of those coaches, as well as the other assistants on Brian Kelly‘s staff, also received contract extensions.

Booker will be assigned a specific position at a later date, while Martin will replace Charley Molnar, who left his coordinator position to take the head-coaching job at UMass.

“Chuck is a very talented coach that will make our offense better in the future due to his knowledge of our offensive system as well as how defenses like to attack it,” Kelly said in a statement. “I wanted someone that knew the system I’m familiar with and our experience coaching together will make for an easy transition. Chuck did a great job directing the Grand Valley State offense after I left and led the program to unprecedented heights. I look forward to witnessing the impact he’ll have on our offense.”

The release also confirmed that Hinton and Warinner had “left the program to pursue other opportunities.”

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9 Responses to “Notre Dame shakes up coaching staff”
  1. arizonapetdoctor says: Jan 2, 2012 3:55 PM

    Not good that this happened right after the bowl loss and before some of these kids commit at the All-America games

  2. orthomarine says: Jan 2, 2012 5:36 PM

    I thought this was an article on Kelly losing it…..

  3. irishking says: Jan 2, 2012 7:11 PM

    Urban has been a bad boy raiding the cookie jar.

  4. almoose says: Jan 2, 2012 9:16 PM

    I thought that a Coaching change was needed. Too many turnovers! Coach Kelly puts such pressure on Rees when he throws it away that Tom now just gets rid of the ball thus the interceptions!

  5. ruggyup says: Jan 2, 2012 10:16 PM

    Kelly exhibits none of the demeanor and personality control one expects from the head coach at a class institution. To date he inspires little confidence in his staff management. So the clock runs, tick tock, tick tock, tick tock.

  6. steelersandladyboysfan says: Jan 2, 2012 10:24 PM

    Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic

  7. vincentbojackson says: Jan 3, 2012 1:01 AM

    Nice picture. I swear Brian Kelly is going to drop dead on the sideline during one of his insane red-faced tantrums.

  8. polegojim says: Jan 3, 2012 9:15 AM

    Initially, I agree on Kelly…. but he’s toned it down after some reproof from ND ADs office.

    Now, his team needs to learn the composure and discipline to play 4 complete quarters in big games. It’s just that simple.

  9. kravisjay says: Jan 3, 2012 9:27 AM

    Charlie Molnar was asked to leaved(fired) He never called a play at ND or anywhere.. Great hire UMass….

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