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Redskins QB coach joins Notre Dame staff

– Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has filled out his football coaching staff.

Former Washington Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur will fill the same role for the Irish, the university announced Friday. Kelly will introduce LaFleur and the team’s new offensive coordinator Feb. 3.

LaFleur takes over the quarterback coaching duties for Chuck Martin, who was also Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator the last two seasons before leaving to become the head coach at Miami (Ohio) on Dec. 3.

The Washington Post first reported that LaFleur accepted the position at Notre Dame on Thursday.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to once again work with Coach Kelly, who I believe is the best head coach in the country,” LaFleur, who was an offensive assistant for Kelly at Central Michigan in 2004 and ’05, said in a statement. “I’m extremely honored to be a member of such an outstanding coaching staff and join the premier program in college football. The history and tradition at this university is unmatched. I can’t begin to describe my excitement to get started.”

Kelly is expected to promote outside receivers coach Mike Denbrock to offensive coordinator. Denbrock served as offensive coordinator in the Irish’s 29-16 Pinstripe Bowl win over Rutgers on Dec. 28.

Kelly also said this month he will resume play-calling duties after Martin handled that last season.

The hiring of LaFleur is the second time Kelly has reunited with a coach from his past to fill a vacancy.

Kelly hired former New York Jets linebackers coach Brian VanGorder, who was on the Grand Valley State coaching staff with Kelly from 1989 to 1991, as the Irish’s defensive coordinator on Jan. 13. VanGorder replaced Bob Diaco, who to become the head coach at Connecticut.

“My respect for Matt goes back to his time as an outstanding quarterback at Saginaw Valley State,” Kelly said. “He will develop our quarterbacks at Notre Dame to the highest level. I’m thrilled to have him on our coaching staff.”

Note: Pete Mokwuah, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive tackle from St. Joseph by the Sea in Staten Island, N.Y., changed his commitment from Rutgers to the Irish, according to SILive.com. But Notre Dame lost Richard Yeargin III, a 6-4, 225-pound linebacker from University School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from its class. tkrausz@jg.net

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