Vangorder replaces Bob Diaco who left to become the head coach at UCONN.
VanGorder is reunited with Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly who had him on his staff when he was the head coach at Grand Valley State.
With a background coaching linebackers with three different NFL teams and at programs such as Georgia and Auburn, Van Gorder will be instrumental in the development of last year’s top recruit Jaylon Smith and incoming freshman Nyles Morgan.
Notre Dame had the No. 30 ranked defense in 2013 when they allowed 366.2 yards per game and the No. 20 ranked scoring defense allowing on average 22.4 points per game.
The Irish were the No. 2 ranked scoring defense in 2012 when they allowed 12.8 points per game en route the BCS Championship Game.