Jul 27, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets linebackers coach Brian VanGorder walks out to the field prior to training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Brian VanGorder hired as Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive coordinator

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish filled one of their two coordinator positions today with the hiring of former New York Jets linebackers coach Brian VanGorder as their defensive coordinator.

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.

Smith and Morgan represent the future of the Notre Dame defense that loses two potential first round picks in Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix III.

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.


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