Irish officially hire Brian VanGorder

Notre Dame officially filled one of its assistant coach vacancies Monday, hiring Brian VanGorder as its defensive coordinator.

VanGorder, who leaves the New York Jets after coaching their linebackers for one year, replaces Bob Diaco, who left to become UConn's head coach.

VanGorder worked with Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly more than two decades ago at Grand Valley State, where he served as the Lakers' defensive coordinator.

The 54-year-old VanGorder has five years of experiences as an SEC defensive coordinator as well, at Georgia (2001-04) and Auburn (2012).

The Jackson, Mich., native spent five years on the Atlanta Falcons' staff (2007-11) and was head coach at Georgia Southern in 2006.

VanGorder's other coaching stops include stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Western Illinois, Central Michigan, UCF and Wayne State.

Notre Dame still has a staff opening since offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chuck Martin left last month to become head coach at Miami (Ohio). Finalists for that job reportedly include Buffalo head coach Jeff Quinn, UConn quarterbacks coach Don Patterson and current Irish outside receivers coach and interim offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock.