ND ties abound on Molnar's UMass staff

Apologies for missing this last week, but former Notre Dame offensive coordinator Charley Molnar has finalized his first coaching staff at Massachusetts, and it has a distinct Irish flavor.

  • Former Notre Dame All-American safety and captain (1993) Jeff Burris will coach the Minutemen's cornerbacks and serve as the program's community outreach liaison.

  • Phil Elmassian, who played defensive back for Lou Holtz at William & Mary, will be the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

  • Shane Waldron, an offensive graduate assistant with the Irish from 2005-07, will coach the tight ends and serve as recruiting coordinator.

Molnar's son, Charley III, will also join the staff as a recruiting and operations graduate assistant.

UMass will be making the move to the Football Bowl Subdivision this coming season, and Molnar has not been shy about trying to make an impact in the region upon the program's jump to the next level.