By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Notre Dame Fighting Irish promoted Marcus Freeman to head coach. He was previously the school’s defensive coordinator.
Freeman replaced Brian Kelly, who left the school at the end of the regular season. Kelly accepted a pay raise to become the LSU Tigers head football coach.
This will be Freeman’s first head coaching opportunity. He was in his first season as defensive coordinator after coming over to the school from the Cincinnati Bearcats.
“It is an honor to be named the head coach of Notre Dame Football,” said Freeman. “I am eternally grateful to both Father John Jenkins and Jack Swarbrick for giving me the opportunity to lead the exceptional men who make this program what it is. Notre Dame is a very special place and I look forward to pursuing a national championship with the most outstanding student-athletes, coaches and staff in college football.”
The 35-year-old will be the 30th head coach in program history. Following Kelly’s departure, reports began to circulate that Freeman had the trust of the administration.
The school also liked the fact that he planned on retaining offensive coordinator Tommy Rees. The former Fighting Irish quarterback had been mentioned for some head coaching opportunities.
“Marcus’ ability to connect with people, his fit at Notre Dame and the way he coaches young men set him apart as we went through our search process,” said University Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick. “I can’t wait to see how the culture created by these remarkable student-athletes continues to grow under the tutelage of Marcus and his staff.”