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ND Officially Hires Brian VanGorder

Brian VanGorder most recently served as linebackers coach of the New York Jets.

Notre Dame officially announced Monday that it has hired Brian VanGorder to replace Bob Diaco as the team’s defensive coordinator.

VanGorder, 54, most recently served as a linebackers coach with the New York Jets. He worked with Irish head coach Brian Kelly at Grand Valley State University from 1989-1991.

Prior to his one-year stint with the Jets, VanGorder coordinated the Auburn defense in 2012 under former coach Gene Chizik. From 2008-11, VanGorder served as defensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons. Earlier in the decade, he worked under Mark Richt at Georgia as the program’s defensive coordinator. He earned the Frank Broyles Award as the nation’s top coordinator — an award Diaco claimed in 2012 — in 2003.

VanGorder was the head coach at Wayne State (his alma mater) from 1992-94 and Georgia Southern in 2006.

Overall, VanGorder brings 11 years of experience as a coordinator and four as a head coach, along with six years in the NFL.

As reported by Blue & Gold Illustrated on Sunday, Kelly is expected to hire an offensive coordinator soon. He is interviewing wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock, Buffalo head coach Jeff Quinn and former Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges today.

Brian VanGorder's Coaching Career
1981 West Bloomfield High School (assistant)
1982-83 Boca Raton Academy
1984-87 American Heritage School
1988 Boca Raton Community High School
1989-91 Grand Valley State University (DC/LB)
1992-94 Wayne State University (HC)
1994-96 Central Florida (LB/ST)
1996-97 Central Florida (DC)
1998-99 Central Michigan (DC)
2000 Western Illinois (DC)
2001-04 Georgia (DC)
2005 Jacksonville Jaguars (LB)
2006 Georgia Southern (HC)
2007 Atlanta Falcons (LB)
2008-11 Atlanta Falcons (DC)
2012 Auburn (DC)
2013 New York Jets (LB)

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