Skip to content

Notre Dame makes LaFleur hiring official

Jan 24, 2014, 9:16 PM EDT

Robert Griffin III, Matt LaFleur AP

While the news broke yesterday, Notre Dame made the hiring of quarterback Matt LaFleur official Friday evening, with a release from the football office. With Brian Kelly and his staff currently on the road recruiting (more big news on that to come), the quarterback coach will likely hit the road and join the staff in the home stretch.

LaFleur joins the Irish after holding the same position with the Washington Redskins, spending the past four seasons as the quarterback coach. Before that he spent two years as an offensive assistant with the Houston Texans.

Kelly will officially welcome LaFleur in a press conference Monday, February 3, after the head coach returns from a whirlwind nationwide recruiting tour. But he did release the following statement:

“Matt has a proven resume of developing quarterbacks at numerous levels of football, none more evident than his outstanding work with the Washington Redskins,” Kelly said. “He was a major factor in the success not only of two rookies, Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, but was also crucial in the resurgence of Rex Grossman’s career, who in 2010 under LaFleur established numerous career bests.

“My respect for Matt goes back to his time as an outstanding quarterback at Saginaw Valley State. He was an incredible competitor and displayed all the characteristics a coach would want in his signal callers. That competitive drive to succeed was on display everyday during his time with me at Central Michigan. He will develop our quarterbacks at Notre Dame to the highest level. I’m thrilled to have him on our coaching staff.”

LaFleur had spent the past few weeks as one of the frontrunners for the job, and after spending a significant portion of his career in the NFL, heading back to college football seemed like the right move.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to once again work with Coach Kelly – who I believe is the best head coach in the country,” LaFleur said in the statement. “I’m extremely honored to be a member of such an outstanding coaching staff and join the premier program in college football. The history and tradition at this University is unmatched. I can’t begin to describe my excitement to get started.”

LaFleur finalizes the Irish’s coaching staff.

Year School/Franchise Assignment
2003 Saginaw Valley State Offensive Assistant
2004 Central Michigan Offensive Assistant
2005 Central Michigan Offensive Assistant
2006 Northern Michigan Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers
2007 Ashland Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers
2008 Houston Texans Offensive Assistant
2009 Houston Texans Offensive Assistant
2010 Washington Redskins Quarterbacks
2011 Washington Redskins Quarterbacks
2012 Washington Redskins Quarterbacks
2013 Washington Redskins Quarterbacks

Latest Posts
  1. Irish A-to-Z: Kolin Hill

    Jul 13, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

    Instagram Instagram

    One of the last players on Notre Dame’s radar during the 2014 recruiting cycle was Kolin Hill. Our next installment in the Irish A-to-Z series takes a look at the incoming freshman from Texas.

  2. Irish A-to-Z: Mike Heuerman

    Jul 12, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Heuerman

    After spending 2013 on the sidelines, opportunity comes to Mike Heuerman in 2014. With Troy Niklas a surprise entrant in the NFL Draft and the departure of veteran Alex Welch to Miami (Ohio), Heuerman and fellow sophomore Durham Smythe are the next men in for Brian Kelly and the Irish offense.

  3. Irish A-to-Z: Matt Hegarty

    Jul 11, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

    BYU v Notre Dame Getty Images

    Matt Hegarty’s football career almost ended when a stroke suffered during a November practice in 2012 revealed two small holes in his heart. Healthy again and a key contributor late in 2013, our next stop on the Irish A-to-Z train takes a look at the New Mexico native and his road back onto the playing field.

  4. Watch Lists: Brindza, Day, Koyack and Martin join club

    Jul 11, 2014, 8:59 AM EDT

    Kyle Brindza, Ben Turk AP

    Watch List week continues with more Irish veterans recognized for their potential 2014 season. In addition to Everett Golson, KeiVarae Russell and Jaylon Smith, four more Irish players found their names on awards lists, with Kyle Brindza, Sheldon Day, Ben Koyack and Nick Martin being tabbed.

  5. Watch: Notre Dame Stadium FieldTurf install in progress

    Jul 10, 2014, 9:47 AM EDT

    A new time-lapse video released by Fighting Irish Digital Media and UND.com gives us an update on the FieldTurf installation going inside Notre Dame Stadium.

  6. Irish A-to-Z: Jay Hayes

    Jul 10, 2014, 9:26 AM EDT

    247Sports 247Sports

    Notre Dame scoured the country for recruits as they prepared for life after Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt. Our next A-to-Z installment looks at Jay Hayes, the incoming freshman defensive lineman looking to replace them.

  7. Irish A-to-Z: Mark Harrell

    Jul 10, 2014, 8:17 AM EDT

    Mark Harrell

    Entering his junior season, offensive lineman Mark Harrell has yet to make his way onto the field for the Irish. Our next installment in Irish A-to-Z takes a closer look at the Charlotte native and what he needs to do to see the field.

  8. Irish A-to-Z: Eilar Hardy

    Jul 9, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

    Navy v Notre Dame Getty Images

    Our Irish A-to-Z tour continues with safety Eilar Hardy. A knee injury derailed his freshman season. A suspension before the Stanford game did the same after earning two late-season starts in 2013. What does 2014 have in store for the veteran?

  9. Irish commit C.J. Saunders dazzles at The Opening

    Jul 9, 2014, 8:48 AM EDT

    Photo: George Walker IV / THE TENNESSEAN Photo: George Walker IV / THE TENNESSEAN

    With some of the top recruits in the country at The Opening, Notre Dame commitment C.J. Sanders put on a show. Making the SPARQ testing finals, Sanders dazzled as he showed elite speed and explosiveness.

  10. Irish A-to-Z: Conor Hanratty

    Jul 8, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Property of 247Sports.com Property of 247Sports.com

    When Notre Dame offered legacy lineman Conor Hanratty, many raised an eyebrow. With sons of former stars like Tregg Duerson and Jake Golic doing little with the full ride many perceived as a nod to their famous predecessors, Hanratty had the profile of a player whose best attribute was his father, former Irish quarterback Terry Hanratty.

  11. Irish A-to-Z: Jarrett Grace

    Jul 8, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    Jarrett Grace Jarrett Grace

    A career-threatening leg injury has put Jarrett Grace’s status up in the air. Our latest Irish A-to-Z takes a closer look at the future of Notre Dame’s middle linebacker.

  12. Watch Lists: Golson, Russell and Smith earn mention

    Jul 8, 2014, 8:39 AM EDT

    Notre Dame at USC AP

    A trio of Notre Dame football players find themselves on the watch list for some very impressive postseason awards. Quarterback Everett Golson is on the Maxwell Award’s watch list while junior cornerback KeiVarae Russell and sophomore linebacker Jaylon Smith were both selected to the Bednarik’s watch list.

  13. Report: Will Mahone no longer enrolled at Notre Dame

    Jul 7, 2014, 11:11 PM EDT

    mahone (1)

    A few weeks after being suspended indefinitely from the football team, Irish wide receiver Will Mahone is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame.

  14. Post-spring update: USC

    Jul 7, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT

    USC Introduces Steve Sarkisian Getty Images

    No game means more to Notre Dame fans than the annual battle with USC. As we finish our post-spring viewing of the Irish’s 2014 opponents, let’s take a closer look at college football’s greatest intersectional rivalry.

  15. Irish A-to-Z: Everett Golson

    Jul 4, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Everett Golson

    For all the thousands of words dedicated to Everett Golson’s comeback, few have talked about the fact that he’s still very much a quarterback in progress. Our next stop on Irish A-to-Z looks at the most important player in the program.

  16. Irish get commitment from WR Miles Boykin

    Jul 2, 2014, 11:36 PM EDT

    Property of Sun-Times media Property of Sun-Times media

    Notre Dame may have missed out on Jashon Cornell and Justin Hilliard on Wednesday, but they won the commitment of jumbo receiver Miles Boykin. The Illinois native chose Notre Dame over Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Florida and a slew of other offers.

  17. Irish A-to-Z: Will Fuller

    Jul 2, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Air Force Getty Images

    Will Fuller served as Notre Dame’s human go route during his freshman season. As we continue our Irish A-to-Z, expect Fuller’s duties — and production — to expand greatly in 2014.

  18. Cornell, Hilliard both choose Ohio State

    Jul 2, 2014, 10:20 AM EDT

    Property of St. Paul Pioneer Press Property of St. Paul Pioneer Press

    Notre Dame ended up bridesmaids in their recruitment of Jashon Cornell and Justin Hilliard, two elite defensive prospects in the Midwest. The defensive end and linebacker made joint announcements, both deciding to attend Ohio State and play for Urban Meyer.

  19. Irish A-to-Z: Tarean Folston

    Jul 2, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    New Era Pinstripe Bowl - Rutgers v Notre Dame New Era Pinstripe Bowl - Rutgers v Notre Dame

    While most people expected a freshman running back to burst onto the scene in 2013, few thought it’d be Tarean Folston. Our next installment of Irish A-to-Z takes a look at a potential star-in-the-making.

  20. Notre Dame adds commitment from DB Ashton White

    Jul 1, 2014, 9:03 PM EDT

    Rivals.com Rivals.com

    The recruiting train continues for Notre Dame, with Washington D.C. area defensive back Ashton White pledging his commitment to the Irish on Tuesday evening.