It certainly worked well the first time through, and it appears there will indeed be a second time.
From 1991-2009, Jeff Quinn served as Brian Kelly’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. During that time, Kelly went 118-35-2 in 13 seasons as head coach at Division II Grand Valley State, resuscitated Central Michigan, and led Cincinnati to a three-year mark of 34-6, which included bids to the Orange and Sugar Bowls.
Sources have told Irish Illustrated that Quinn will replace Matt LaFleur – who is expected to head back to the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons -- as quarterbacks coach.
Quinn, who spent the last five seasons as head coach of the Buffalo Bulls, almost undoubtedly will carry another title at Notre Dame, perhaps sharing the offensive coordinator’s role with Mike Denbrock, or picking up the title of assistant head coach.
While at Cincinnati, the Bearcats’ offense under Kelly and Quinn averaged 36.3 points and 434 yards total offense in 2007, and 38.6 points and 447 yards total offense in 2009.
In 2005, Central Michigan averaged 419 yards total offense and raised its scoring by a touchdown to 29.7 points per game in 2006. They took over an offense in ’04 that had plummeted to just 12.5 points per game in 2000.
Quinn had a much more difficult time as head coach at Buffalo where the Bulls won just two games in his first season and nine over the first three. And yet by 2013, he had Buffalo up to eight victories and a trip to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. He was fired during the 2014 season after losing four of the first seven games to finish with a 20-36 mark in Buffalo.
Quinn, 52, was an offensive lineman at Elmhurst College during his playing days. He began his coaching career at DePauw University (1984-86) before taking over as offensive line coach at Ohio Northern.
Quinn was Grand Valley State’s offensive line coach in 1989, joining the staff with Kelly, who was serving as defensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator for the Lakers upon Quinn’s arrival. When Kelly was named Grand Valley’s head coach two years later, Quinn remained with Kelly until their paths took alternative routes following the 2009 season.