Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly to announce 2015 staff on Monday

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Update: Notre Dame moved the press conference from Friday to Monday in the wake of the death of The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh.

Notre Dame’s 2015 football coaching staff will officially be introduced on Monday. Head coach Brian Kelly will introduce four new members of the staff at an 11 a.m. press conference.

As previously reported, Notre Dame is expected to hire defensive backs coach Todd Lyght, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford, running backs coach Autry Denson and defensive line coach Keith Gilmore.

The four newest members of the staff are also expected to meet with reporters following Kelly’s press conference.

Lyght, an Irish cornerback from 1987-1990, briefly joined Vanderbilt’s staff in January. Lyght previously worked for head coach Chip Kelly for two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and two seasons at Oregon. Lyght, 46, first coached at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School in 2009-10. He played 12 seasons in the NFL after being drafted in the first round in 1991.

Sanford, the son of the former Notre Dame quarterbacks coach of the same name from 1997-98, spent the 2014 season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Boise State, his alma mater. He coached running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers in the three previous seasons at Stanford. He also served as Stanford’s recruiting coordinator. Sanford, 33, played locally at Penn High School for two seasons.

Denson, Notre Dame’s all-time leading rusher, was hired to be South Florida’s running backs coach in January. He worked under former Irish offensive coordinator Chuck Martin in 2014 at Miami of Ohio. Denson, 38, spent the three prior seasons at FCS-level Bethune-Cookman after one year as head coach at Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Fla. Denson rushed for 4,318 yards at Notre Dame from 1995-1998. He played five seasons in the NFL following his Irish career.

Gilmore, 56, spent the previous two seasons of his 30-year coaching resume at North Carolina. He spent the four prior seasons at Illinois and has served on Kelly’s staff at Cincinnati, Central Michigan and Grand Valley State. Gilmore played collegiately at Wayne State, where he began his coaching career in 1985.

Notr Dame football coach Brian Kelly talks to the media about his 2015 recruiting class in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)