Former Notre Dame quarterback Ron Powlus – who spent time at his alma mater in an administrative role before taking over as Charlie Weis’ quarterbacks coach from 2007-09 – is expected to return to his alma mater in an administrative/support staff role, according to Irish Illustrated sources.
A source told Irish Illustrated Wednesday that Powlus is expected to take on the role of Director of Player Development, a liaison position between the football players and the coaching staff while serving as the primary contact between the student welfare/development office and academic services for student-athletes.
If that were the position that Powlus assumes at Notre Dame, he would replace Duke Preston, who served as Director of Player Development at Notre Dame last season. Preston left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a similar capacity last week.
The position of Director of Player Development – as it is described in the Notre Dame football media guide – also includes involvement in the development of three of the five core areas head coach Brian Kelly uses to develop the “complete student-athlete”: intellectual development, social development and spiritual develop. (The other two aspects are skill development and strength & conditioning, which are handled by the coaching staff.)
Powlus spent the previous three years serving as Weis’ quarterbacks coach at Kansas, completing the 2014 season in Lawrence following Weis’ early-season dismissal.
Powlus, upon Weis’ firing at Notre Dame following the 2009 season, joined Rob Ianello’s staff at Akron, where he served as quarterbacks coach in 2010-11.
Powlus came to Notre Dame out of Berwick, Pa., in 1993 as the most ballyhooed quarterback in the country. He was named Parade Magazine’s prep player of the year and USA Today’s offensive prep player of the year following his senior season in 1992.
Two serious injuries during his five-year stay with the Irish and the struggles of the team in 1994 (6-5-1) and 1997 (7-6) overshadowed his 7,602 yards passing and 52 touchdowns. He served as captain of the 1997 team, which was Bob Davie’s first as head coach following Lou Holtz’s departure.
Powlus, 40, earned his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame in the College of Business Administration in 1997. He and his wife, Sara, are the parents of two boys – Ronnie and Tommy.