NOTRE DAME — Weeks after Notre Dame’s starting quarterback returned from suspension, the Irish have announced a new position coach to help bring him back to speed.
According to a report on its athletic web site, Notre Dame has hired on Matt LaFleur as its new quarterback coach.
LaFleur comes to Notre Dame after four years (2010-13) with the Washington Redskins, coaching the likes of Robert Griffin III, Krik Cousins and Rex Grossman. Under LaFleur, Griffin set the NFL record for rookie passer rating (102.4) in 2012.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to once again work with Coach (Brian) Kelly, who I believe is best head coach in the country,” said LaFleur said to und.com. “I’m extremely honored to be a member of such an outstanding coaching staff and join the premier program in college football. The history and tradition at this University is unmatched. I can’t begin to describe my excitement to get started.”
Matt LaFleur (left) with Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman. (AP)
LaFleur spent two years on Kelly’s staff at Central Michigan in 2004-05 as an offensive assistant. Prior to the Redskins, LaFleur served as an offensive assistant for the Houston Texans for the 2008-09 seasons.
“My respect for Matt goes back to his time as an outstanding quarterback at Saginaw Valley State,” Kelly said in a statement. “He was an incredible competitor and displayed all the characteristics a coach would want in his signal callers. That competitive drive to succeed was on display everyday during his time with me at Central Michigan. He will develop our quarterbacks at Notre Dame to the highest level. I’m thrilled to have him on our coaching staff.”
Kelly will officially introduce LaFleur and Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator at an 11 a.m. news conference Feb. 3.