Kelly's first Notre Dame staff nearly complete

Notre Dame officially announced the hiring of three assistant coaches, all of whom have strong previous ties to new head coach Brian Kelly. His first staff appears to be nearly complete.

As expected, Chuck Martin resigned as head coach at Division II Grand Valley State -- where Kelly led the Lakers to two national titles -- to coach Irish defensive backs. Mike Elston rejoins Kelly from Cincinnati to coach defensive line, which he oversaw with the Bearcats. And Mike Denbrock, who spent last season at Indiana State and worked with Kelly at Grand Valley, will coach tight ends.

"Because these guys have worked with me in the past, all three guys understand the importance of player development and we share the same philosophies for making our team better," Kelly said in a statement.

Notre Dame had already announced that running backs coach Tony Alford would be the lone holdover from Charlie Weis' staff. The rest of the assistants will be named once they are vetted through the school's human resources department.

Kelly is expected to bring three more Cincinnati assistants with him: defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, passing game coordinator Charley Molnar and Tim Hinton, who coached Bearcats running backs and served as recruiting coordinator. It's also been reported that Kelly has tapped former Kansas assistant Ed Warriner as offensive line coach, and Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg reports that Wisconsin assistant Kerry Cooks will head to South Bend to coach linebackers.