South Bend, IN, United States (4E Sports) – New York Jets assistant Brian VanGorder will be Notre Dame’s new defensive coordinator, according to several media outlets.
VanGorder will replace Bob Diaco, who left to become head coach at Connecticut. An official announcement is expected shortly after the NFL regular season ends.
VanGorder previously worked with Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly at Grand Valley State from 1989-91. He is in his first year as linebackers coach with the Jets after serving as Auburn’s defensive coordinator last season.
With VanGorder at the helm, the Tigers went 3-9 with his defense, including 0-8 in Southeastern Conference play.
VanGorder also coached for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons. In his four years as defensive coordinator in Atlanta, the Falcons ranked seventh in the NFL in fewest points allowed.
Kelly said Saturday after Notre Dame’s win in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl that the Irish have their new defensive coordinator in place, but he would not reveal the name because the contract has not been finalized.