Tim McDonnell, back center, will be leaving Notre Dame after eight years with the team.
Director of football personnel Tim McDonnell is leaving Notre Dame to join the family business, according to multiple sources.
McDonnell, who has worked in South Bend for eight years, plans to move to New York to work in the personnel department for the NFL’s New York Giants. McDonnell is the grandson of former Giants owner Wellington Mara. McDonnell’s uncle, John Mara, took over as the franchise’s CEO and co-owner when the older Mara passed away in 2005.
Former Irish coach Charlie Weis hired McDonnell as a quality control coordinator in 2005 shortly after he graduated from Holy Cross. McDonnell took over as the team’s personnel director in 2009 and remained in the same position when Brian Kelly took over the team the following season.
In his most recent role, McDonnell played a significant part in the school's recruiting operations, which finished with the No. 3 class nationally on 247Sports in the 2013 haul with three 247Sports Composite five-star signees (DB Max Redfield, LB Jaylon Smith and DL Eddie Vanderdoes), and helped coordinate the walk-on program. He also served as a liaison between the university and the NFL among other duties. Former Irish tight end Tyler Eifert mentioned McDonnell Tuesday as one of the people from whom he sought advice while going through the NFL Combine and Pro Day experience in recent months.
Tuesday was reportedly McDonnell’s last day with the Notre Dame program. The school has not released any information about him leaving and has not discussed any possible replacements at this point. McDonnell could not be reached immediately for comment.