Matt LaFluer will help tutor Notre Dame quarterbacks Everett Golson, center, and Malik Zaire, right.
The final spot in Notre Dame’s 10-man coaching staff has been filled. Former Washington Redskins assistant Matt LaFleur will coach quarterbacks for the Irish, a source confirmed to Blue & Gold Illustrated.
The Washington Post first reported news of LaFleur’s hire. The Michigan native crossed paths with Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly in 2004 while working as an offensive assistant on Kelly’s Central Michigan staff. LaFleur spent two years with Kelly and the Chippewas before moving on. He has been coaching the National Football League since 2008.
Most recently LaFleur coached quarterbacks with the Redskins, including rookie pro bowl invitee Robert Griffin III in 2012. LaFleur joined the Redskins staff in 2010 after spending two seasons with the Houston Texans. His previous jobs include stints at Ashland University, Northern Michigan and Saginaw Valley State, his alma mater.
LaFleur fills the vacancy left by offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chuck Martin, who took a head coaching job at Miami (Ohio) University in December. Wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock will take over as the offensive coordinator and LaFleur will tutor the team’s young quarterbacks.
Kelly has a long reputation of working closely with quarterbacks and will likely remain very hands on with returning starter Everett Golson. LaFleur’s experience with Griffin III, a Heisman-winning dual-threat quarterback, fits well with the type of passer Kelly hopes to bring to Notre Dame. He is expected to help develop some of Notre Dame’s younger quarterbacks — freshman Malik Zaire, who did not play in 2013, and incoming freshman DeShone Kizer.
The university has not officially announced LaFleur’s hire at this point. The athletic department’s long vetting process to clear a new addition to the staff can take weeks to complete.