The first new assistant coach for the 2009 season has been named by Charlie Weis at a position that technically wasn’t even announced that it was open until today. Frank Verducci, who spent the past two seasons as the offensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns, was named the new offensive line coach for the Irish on Wednesday.
Here’s a snippet from the official release from the University.
Verducci joins the Irish after working eight of the past 10 years in the NFL with Cleveland (2007-08), Buffalo (2004-05), Dallas (2002) and Cincinnati (1999-2001). Prior to moving to professional football, he spent 19 seasons in the college ranks at Iowa (1989-98 and 1985-86), Northwestern (1987-88), Northern Illinois (1984), Maryland (1981-83) and Colorado State (1980).
“Frank provides an excellent background on both the offensive line and run game in general from two perspectives, having coached several years in professional football and at the Division I level – predominantly in the Big Ten,” Irish head coach Charlie Weis said. “His experience will be an asset both to our players and our staff.
On the surface he brings a very nice resume with him. At first glance some might not be thrilled to be getting a coach from the pros after concerns over the “pro style” physicality displayed in Notre Dame’s practices in the past under Weis, but Verducci’s 19 years of coaching on the college level should alleviate any of those concerns.
It comes as no surprise to anyone that Latina will not be back in 2009 after two straight seasons of under performing offensive lines. His fate was likely sealed when Notre Dame failed to run the ball effectively against just about everybody other than Washington and Purdue this season.
Verducci spent the past two seasons coaching the offensive line for Charlie Weis’s old buddy Romeo Crennel so he should be very familiar with the blocking schemes Weis wants to use.
The official release did not make mention of Verducci picking up the assistant head coaching title that Latina carried during his tenure at Notre Dame.