Notre Dame Football
According to multiple media outlets, Notre Dame has hired New York Jets assistant Brain VanGorder as Notre Dame’s new defensive coordinator.
VanGorder worked with Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly at Grand Kelly State. Kelly was an assistant and first year head coach during those periods.
VanGorder last served as a defensive coordinator at Auburn in 2012. That year, the Tigers yielded 28.3 points per game, which ranked 65th in the nation. However, he is probably best known for his defenses at Georgia in the early 2000s. VanGorder was also a Defensive Coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons between 2008-2011. Additionally, like his predecessor Bob Diaco, VanGorder won the Frank Broyles Award, which is given to the top assistant coach in college football.
This hire is vintage Brian Kelly. He typically works with individuals that he has experience with whom he can trust. Kelly lost someone he trusted greatly in Chuck Martin to Miami (OH). Hiring someone from his past makes complete sense. Additionally, VanGorder has an excellent resume.
His scheme may be slightly different. VanGorder based out of the 4-3 in 2012 with Auburn. His defensive line is used more aggressively than Notre Dame’s prior scheme which ate up blocks.
Brian Kelly said following Notre Dame’s victory in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl that the Irish had hired their new defensive coordinator but could not reveal the name because the contract had not been finalized.
An official announcement should following the end of the NFL regular season.