Charley Molnar: Future Irish

A look back at Dave Berk's ( December review of then-potential assistant coaching candidate, Charley Molnar.

Note: The following was provided in mid-December, courtesy of Dave Berk, publisher

Charley Molnar

Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers

The hiring of Brian Kelly indicates the Notre Dame offense will undergo a drastic change, and become a full-fledged passing attack. One of Kelly's trusted coaches on his Cincinnati staff was Charley Molnar who worked with Kelly as the Bearcats' passing game coordinator while also tutoring the wide receivers.

Molnar earned a B.S. in Political Science from Lock Haven in 1984 and started his coaching career the same year. He's since spent time at Virginia, Western Carolina, Illinois State, Kent State, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, and Indiana State before joining Kelly at Central Michigan and ultimately Cincinnati.

Molnar's impact on his wide receivers was evident before arriving at Cincinnati as his first year under Kelly included work with quarterbacks and wide receivers at Central Michigan. The on field results proved fruitful as five wide receivers caught five or more touchdowns and now-celebrated freshman quarterback Dan LeFevour began his assault on the NCAA record books.

At Cincinnati, receivers have seen some of the best statistical years in the history of the program as Dominick Goodman and Mardy Gilyard became the first duo of Bearcats to have 1,000-yard receiving campaigns since the late 60s.

Goodman lefat the program holding several team records only to see Gilyard surpass many this season.

A well-respected coach, Molnar's past work aided his future when wide receiver Vidal Hazelton was looking for a new school after leaving USC. When Hazelton's family researched new schools, former Virginia head coach George Welch urged them to look at Cincinnati and Charley Molnar. After meeting with Coach Kelly and Molnar the former Prep All-American made the choice to play for the Bearcats.

But it's his on field work that helps make Charley Molnar a coach worth bringing to Notre Dame. Receivers are instructed in the finer points of the game from catching the ball properly to running precise routes.

There is no wasted (practice) time and receivers are expected to be ready to work when the session begins. Irish fans should enjoy a deeper receiving corps as each player on the roster will be prepared to play and play at a high level. Top Stories