When DelVaughn Alexander sets up shop inside the Guglielmino Athletics Complex he’ll know what he’s getting into even if his physical familiarity with Notre Dame football barely extends beyond the interview process.
Notre Dame’s new wide receivers coach – first reported by FootballScoop.com and confirmed by Irish Illustrated – is a former USC football player with extensive connections on the West Coast following stops at Arizona State, Oregon State, UNLV and his alma mater.
But Alexander should know Notre Dame too, even if it’s new to him.
Alexander spent four seasons working with new offensive coordinator Chip Long at Arizona State, where they split receivers and tight ends, respectively. When Long left for Memphis last year, taking his tight end experience with him, Alexander downshifted to the position.
Alexander should also know a little bit about Brian Kelly after working for three seasons with former Irish co-defensive coordinator Kerry Cooks at Wisconsin. Cooks spent five seasons on Kelly’s staff in South Bend before moving to Oklahoma.
Alexander was on staff coaching receivers in Madison from 2007-11.
The Alexander hire rounds out Notre Dame’s staff of fulltime assistants, with the quarterback position technically open after Mike Sanford’s move up to head coach at Western Kentucky.
There’s a good chance Brian Kelly handles that spot this off-season until the measure for a 10th fulltime assistant coach likely passes later this spring. That could open the door for former Irish quarterback Tommy Rees to return to the program in a fulltime capacity.
As it stands, Notre Dame’s next coaching staff should shake out like this when the spring semester begins next week:
Quarterbacks: Brian Kelly
Running Backs: Autry Denson
Wide Receivers: DelVaughn Alexander
Tight Ends: Chip Long (offensive coordinator)
Offensive Line: Harry Hiestand
Defensive Line: Mike Elston
Linebackers: Clark Lea
Defensive Coordinator: Mike Elko
Defensive Backs: Todd Lyght
Special Teams: Brian Polian