Marcus Freeman has been working hard to revamp the Notre Dame football program to get it ready for a championship run in 2024. On Sunday, part of that revamp showed that the Fighting Irish head coach isn't only focusing on players or position coaches in order to take the team to the next level.
Freeman is also looking at coaching positions that mostly work behind the scenes, as demonstrated by Sunday's reported hiring of new Strength and Conditioning coach Loren Landow. The hiring fills a hole that the Irish have had since the late-July resignation of Matt Balis.
The move has not been officially reported by Notre Dame football, but the website FootballScoop says it's all but a done deal. When it does become official, Landow will take over for a S&C coach who had just been working in an interim role since Balis' departure.
Notre Dame football finally hires new S&C coach
Should all the i's get dotted and the t's crossed, the Fighting Irish will have themselves a strength and conditioning coach with decades of experience in the sport. That experience includes a long run with the Denver Broncos' strength program. Landow had served 5 years for the NFL team before he parted ways early in 2023 after Denver hired Sean Payton as it's new head coach.
Landow also has his own sports performance company and members of the Denver Broncos aren't the only NFL players he's tutored. Christian McCaffrey, Von Miller and Peyton Manning stand out, as do several Olympic athletes that are mentioned on Landow's company website.
According to FootballScoop, Freeman has spent the last few weeks conducting a thorough search for the Notre Dame football program's next S&C coach. Before deciding on Landow, it's said that the Fighting Irish head man talked to Alabama strength coach David Ballou and former Indiana coach Aaron Wellman.