The Notre Dame football team has spent most of its time in December adding people to its staff. First, there was receiver coach Mike Brown. Then there was strength and conditioning coach Loren Landow and finally, there was offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock.
However, on Saturday, the Irish staff took a bit of a hit as one of its analysts is reported to be headed out the door. KTSMTV reporter Colin Deaver took to social media on Saturday to deliver the news that New Mexico State plans on hiring defensive analyst Ronnie Regula.
Regula will reportedly take over the tight ends coach position for the Aggies. New Mexico State is coming off one of its most successful seasons in program history, but did need to replace head coach Jerry Kill.
Kill stepped down shortly after the Aggies lost their bowl game and was quickly replaced by Tony Sanchez. Now Sanchez is filling out his staff quickly in hopes of keeping the positive momentum in Las Cruces going.
Notre Dame football defensive analyst moving on
While Sanchez was most recently at New Mexico State and Regula was spending time with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the two men have a long history together. Regula was previously part of Sanchez' staff at UNLV in 2017 and 2018, then again in 2019. He also has experience as an assistant coach with Tennessee, Miami, and Florida International.
Sanchez is expected to be officially announced as the Aggies’ new head coach next week and it would appear that he wants to be able to hit the ground running and announce his staff at the same time.
Regula getting hired away from Notre Dame football is one of those signs that head coach Marcus Freeman is making good decisions when it comes to who he wants on staff.