LaFleur's hiring to Notre Dame football staff official
SOUTH BEND -- The pieces of Brian Kelly's new direction on offense continued their slow trickle on Friday.
A day after news broke that Matt LaFleur would be Notre Dame's new quarterbacks coach, the university stamped it as official.
The biggest takeaway Friday is that LaFleur and ND's new offensive coordinator, presumed to be internal hire Mike Denbrock, will be available to start filling in some of the blanks when they meet with the media Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. EST.
For now, prepared statements abound.
"This is a tremendous opportunity to once again work with coach Kelly -- who I believe is the best head coach in the country," said LaFleur an offensive assistant in 2004-05 under the fifth-year Irish head football coach when Kelly was the head coach at Central Michigan University.
"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."
LaFleur will be coaxed onto the recruiting trail, along with Kelly and the other Notre Dame assistants as they try to put together a strong final push before national signing day on Feb. 5.
LaFleur hasn't had to recruit the past six seasons, while serving as the NFL's Washington Redskins quarterbacks coach the last four years and as an offensive assistant with the Houston Texans the two years before that.
LaFleur's last coaching job in college was in 2008, when he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks/wide receivers coach with NCAA Division II Ashland (Ohio). LaFleur played quarterback in college, first as a reserve at Western Michigan in 1999, then as a standout at Saginaw Valley State (2000-02) after the Broncos' staff tried to convert him to wide receiver.
"Matt has a proven résumé of developing quarterbacks at numerous levels of football, none more evident than his outstanding work with the Washington Redskins," Kelly said. "He was a major factor in the success not only of two rookies, Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, but was also crucial in the resurgence of Rex Grossman's career, who in 2010 under LaFleur established numerous career bests.
"My respect for Matt goes back to his time as an outstanding quarterback at Saginaw Valley State. 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 every day 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."