Irish coaching staff, assigments finalized

Scott Booker, who was promoted from offensive intern to full-time staff member last month, will coach the tight ends and be the special teams coordinator, Notre Dame announced Friday.

Former wide receivers coach Tony Alford will now coach running backs and slot receivers in addition to becoming the team's recruiting coordinator. Former tight ends coach Mike Denbrock will coach outside wide receivers and be the team's passing game coordinator.

The announced moves complement the offseason hires of former Tennnessee offensive line coach Harry Hiestand (offensive line/running game coordinator) and former Iowa State secondary coach Bob Elliott (safeties).

The Irish's staff dealt with offseason defections from Charley Molnar (offensive coordinator), Tim Hinton (running backs) and Ed Warinner (offensive line/running game coordinator). Molnar took over head-coaching duties at Massachusetts, and Hinton and Warinner left for Ohio State, where they will coach the tight ends/fullbacks and offensive line, respectively.

Notre Dame announced in early January that former safeties coach Chuck Martin would become the offensive coordinator, that defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Bob Diaco would add the title of assistant head coach, and that cornerbacks coach Kerry Cooks would receive co-defensive coordinator duties.

Defensive line coach Mike Elston will no longer be the special teams coordinator, though head coach Brian Kelly said the unit as a whole will be a team effort among his staff.

Josh Reardon (defensive) and Pat Welsh (offensive) were also hired as graduate assistants, the school announced Friday. Bill Brechin (offensive) and David Grimes (defensive) will be the staff's interns this spring and become GAs in August, when the NCAA legislation will change and allow schools to have four.