Notre Dame running backs coach and run-game coordinator Lance Taylor is departing to become the offensive coordinator at Louisville, the Cardinals announced today.
"Lance possesses all the qualities I look for when hiring an offensive coordinator," Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield said in a statement announcing the hire. "His experience and knowledge allows me to oversee all aspects of our program and brings a wealth of ideas to our offensive staff."
Taylor was in his position at Notre Dame for three seasons, during which he coached running back Kyren Williams to back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, making Williams the first to accomplish the feat with the Irish since Darius Walker in 2005 and 2006.
Just as important, Taylor re-stocked Notre Dame's running backs rooms with high-end talent – he was the lead recruiter for current Irish backs Logan Diggs, Audric Estime and incoming true freshman Jadarian Price, as well as the secondary recruiter on projected 2022 starter Chris Tyree, who ran for 6.8 yards per carry as a true freshman under Taylor's tutelage.
Notre Dame was relatively lucky to keep Taylor for three seasons. He got interviews for head coaching positions at a couple of Group of Five schools during that time and appeared ready to move up the coaching ladder sooner rather than later. With Tommy Rees entrenched as offensive coordinator with the Irish, that was unlikely to happen in South Bend. When a program is as successful as Notre Dame has been, its coordinators and position coaches move on to better things.
Still, Notre Dame's offensive coaching staff will look radically different next season. The Irish will have new position coaches leading the offensive line (Harry Hiestand), wide receivers (Chansi Stuckey) and running backs (TBD), all while trying to break in a first-year starter at quarterback (unless something drastically changes) under a first-time head coach in Marcus Freeman. There could well be some growing pains as everyone gets acquainted.