Jan 7, 2010, 4:21 PM EDT
It’s official: Brian Kelly has named his offensive and defensive coordinators.
As expected, Bob Diaco and Charley Molnar have both joined the Notre Dame staff after finishing the season with the Cincinnati Bearcats. Diaco coordinated the defense for Cincy while Molnar was the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator.
“I’m thrilled to officially announce that Bob Diaco and Charley Molnar have joined me at Notre Dame and will serve in two leadership positions on my coaching staff,” Kelly released in a statement. “I expect a lot from my coordinators. Because they will direct the position coaches and our players, the coordinators need to be effective leaders, clear communicators and self-starters. Bob and Charley possess these traits and I look forward to having them help me lead the Irish.”
Diaco was an all-Big Ten linebacker at Iowa and has spent the last 14 years coaching at the collegiate level. He spent last season as Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator, leaving the same position he was just elevated to at Virginia under then coach Al Groh.
Molnar has spent 26-years coaching in college football, 10 seasons as an offensive coordinator. He’s coached the past four seasons with Kelly at both Cincinnati and Central Michigan.
I think the combination of Molnar and Warinner is an excellent duo, and I expect the offense to adapt nicely to the system change. Diaco has an excellent reputation and I’m certainly not going to judge him on the Bearcats’ defense last season, where they transitioned in 10 new starters. I think he could be a force on the recruiting trail and I’m interested to hear Kelly’s plan for him this month.