Notre Dame Football 2020 Coaching Staff

With the recent (soon to be official) additions of John McNulty and Mike Mickens, Notre Dame’s 2020 Coaching Staff is finally complete.

NamePositionYears at Notre DamePrevious Position
Brian KellyHead Coach10Head Coach
Cincinnati (2009-11)
Tommy ReesOffensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks4Offensive Analyst
San Diego Chargers (NFL)
Lance TaylorRunning Backs Coach2Wide Receivers Coach
Carolina Panthers (NFL)
John McNultyTight Ends Coach1Offensive Analyst
Penn State
Jeff QuinnOffensive Line Coach6Head Coach
Buffalo (2010-2014)
DelVaughn AlexanderWide Receivers4Wide Receivers/TE
Clark LeaDefensive Coordinator
Linebackers Coach
4Linebackers Coach
Wake Forest (2016)
Mike ElstonDefensive Line
Recruiting Coordinator
10Defensive Line Coach
Notre Dame (2015-2016)
Terry JosephDefensive Backs Coach (S)3Defensive Backs Coach
North Carolina (2017)
Mike MickensDefensive Backs Coach (CB)1Cornerbacks Coach
Cincinnati (2018-19)
Brian PolianSpecial Teams Coordinator4Head Coach
Nevada (2013-2016)
Matt BalisStrength & Conditioning Coordinator4Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
UConn (2014-2016)
  • After a year as an offensive analyst and two as the quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame, Tommy Rees was promoted to offensive coordinator in January, replacing Chip Long who was dismissed following the 2019 regular season.
  • John McNulty was named Long’s replacement at tight end’s coaching following Rees’s promotion.  McNulty joined the Irish staff after a year as an offensive analyst at Penn State.
  • Mike Mickens rounded out the 2020 Irish coaching staff by replacing Todd Lyght at cornerbacks coach.  Lyght left the program following Notre Dame’s Camping World Bowl victory over Iowa State.

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  1. Anxious to see how Rees and Taylor work together and with Quinn and McNulty to co-ordinate the O’ attack.
    It’ll be interesting to see how DC Lea will balance the D’ scheme with the new starters among the safeties (and a lack of proven depth among CBs), even though Hamilton has already established himself as a rising superstar.
    Will Lea’s D’ primarily rely on a front four to pressure and drop seven to help pass protect, or will he remedy the secondary inexperience by pressuring QBs like the Ryan Bears’ of old did to compensate for their unheralded CBs Richardson and Frazier?
    The dominant Bears D’ of 35 years ago modernized D’ strategy, and I’ve been waiting for pressure schemes from the teams I follow since.
    But I’ve learned that other than rare disappointments (SC last year for one), Coach Lea has been impressive and successful in his strategy.

  2. Let’s hope these coaching changes can take Notredame to a national championship. I truly believe the talent is there but the offense has to be great in order for Notredame Dame to go all the way imo.

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