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Notre Dame officially announces QB coach

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 release. "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 the team's offensive coordinator in the Irish's 29-16 Pinstripe Bowl win over Rutgers on Dec. 28.

Kelly also said this month that 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 left the Irish 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 was an incredible competitor and displayed all the characteristics a coach would want in his signal callers. That competitive drive to succeed was on display everyday during his time with me at Central Michigan. He will develop our quarterbacks at Notre Dame to the highest level. I'm thrilled to have him on our coaching staff."

LaFleur played quarterback for Division II Saginaw Valley from 2000-02 after transferring from Western Michigan. His first start with the Saginaw Valley came in 2000 when he led the Cardinals to a 28-21 win over Kelly's Grand Valley State team.

LaFleur began his coaching career as an offensive assistant at Saginaw Valley, and after two yeas with Central Michigan, he became the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Northern Michigan in 2006.

LaFleur was the offensive coordinator as well as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Ashland in 2007 before moving to the NFL where he spent 2008-09 as an offensive assistant with the Houston Texans. He was the Redskins quarterbacks coach for the last four seasons.

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