Bob Elliott won’t be coaching on the field at Notre Dame this fall.
The veteran assistant of 36 seasons will take a step back after three years teaching safeties and outside linebackers in South Bend. A source told Irish Illustrated that Elliott would become the program’s Special Assistant to the Head Coach, a role that will keep Elliott involved in the program, including on-campus recruiting.
The shift has been in the works since Notre Dame’s staff began to reshuffle before National Signing Day. Defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks made a lateral move to Oklahoma. Running backs coach Tony Alford left for Ohio State. Quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur departed for the Atlanta Falcons.
Elliott’s departure from the nine-man coaching staff but not the program overall retains his experience but also allows Kelly to rework his assistant roster. North Carolina defensive line coach Keith Gilmore, USF running backs coach Autry Denson, Boise State offensive coordinator Mike Sanford and Vanderbilt defensive backs coach Todd Lyght will be Notre Dame’s new staff additions.
Notre Dame’s staff will reshuffle among the coaching still here too. Defensive line coach Mike Elston is expected to move to linebackers while defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder adjusts his focus from linebackers to safeties, assisting the inexperienced Lyght at the back end.
Scott Booker is likely to remain at tight ends with Mike Denbrock adding the title of assistant head coach or associate head coach after Sanford took the offensive coordinator position upon arriving from Boise State.
Elston is expected to take over as recruiting coordinator for Alford.