DelVaughn Alexander announced his hiring by Notre Dame before Notre Dame did.
Yesterday the incoming Irish receivers coach tweeted that he was officially hitting the recruiting trail on Notre Dame’s behalf, important work considering the program has just one commitment at the position. On Thursday, Notre Dame made it official by announcing the Pac-12 veteran assistant and former USC football player as part of the Irish staff.
“I’m excited to officially get on board, hit the road recruiting, and to find and develop the best student-athletes in the country,” Alexander said in a statement. “Notre Dame is a special place, and I’ve been able to the see the power of its brand on the recruiting trails across the country for the last 15-20 years. I’m honored and humbled to serve this University, this program and these remarkable young men.”
When Alexander moves into the Guglielmino Athletics Complex for good he’ll know what he’s getting into even if his physical familiarity with Notre Dame football barely extends beyond the interview process.
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.
“I was looking for an experienced teacher, mentor, recruiter and developer of student-athletes,” Kelly said in a statement. “Del not only met the criteria, but he exceeded it. He also understands, respects and values the type of young men we want to bring to this University and football program.”
Alexander also has experience at UNLV, Oregon State and the University of San Diego, where he served under then head coach Jim Harbaugh.
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 Kelly handles that spot this off-season until the measure for a 10th fulltime assistant coach likely passes following an April vote. That could open the door for former Irish quarterback Tommy Rees to return to the program in a fulltime capacity.
Here’s how Notre Dame’s next staff shake out:
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