Molnar to UMass

For the first time since Charlie Weis and the bulk of his staff were fired in December 2009, the post-season coaching carousel has had an impact in South Bend.

The widely reported rumor of the week came to fruition today when Notre Dame offensive coordinator Charley Molnar was named head coach at the University of Massachusetts.

Molnar assisted Brian Kelly-coached staffs at Central Michigan (2006 as QB/WR coach), Cincinnati (as the passing game coordinator/WR coach) and for the last two years at Notre Dame (offensive coordinator/QB coach). The six offenses in which he played an integral role finished 32 (2006), 30, 52, 11, 61, and 33 (2011) respectively among FBS teams in total offense.

"I am extremely pleased that Charley has decided to join the University of Massachusetts as our next head football coach," said director of athletics John McCutcheon. "His background, energy, commitment to student-athletes and desire to be part of a growing program clearly separated him from an outstanding pool of candidates. I know that once the UMass community has a chance to meet him they will realize how fortunate we are to have Charley as our head football coach."

Molnar became the Minutemen's 29th head coach. He'll enter his 29th season in the coaching ranks when UMass kicks off next fall. The Minutemen will ascend to FBS status next year as members of the MAC conference.

"This is an opportunity I worked for my whole career and there is no limit to my excitement on this day," said Molnar. "When John McCutcheon called to offer me the position, I knew this dream was becoming a reality and I said ‘when can I start?' I have a vision for this program into the future and we are going to do nothing but great things at the University of Massachusetts." Top Stories