Just hours after the Notre Dame Fighting Irish wrapped up National Signing Day, Matt Freeman with Irish Sports Daily reports that Chris O’Leary will be the new safeties coach in South Bend.
BREAKING | Chris O'Leary To Be Named Notre Dame Safeties Coach— Matt Freeman (@mattfreemanISD) February 4, 2021
"He has a grind mentality to him and will work to get his guys in the best spot on and off the field. A true ball coach." https://t.co/jxdYW2bjLG
O’Leary has been a graduate assistant with the Irish since 2018. Before he came to Notre Dame, O’Leary was a graduate assistant at Georgia State from 2015-2017, and Safeties Coach at Florida Tech in 2017. He is from Terre Haute, Indiana, and played wide receiver for the hometown Indiana State Sycamores.
According to the sources for the ISD article, Chris is a “big-time hire.”
Notre Dame has been without a safeties coach since Terry Joseph left the Irish for the same job with the Texas Longhorns. It had long been rumored that Brian Kelly would probably just promote current defensive analyst Kerry Cooks to the position — a position he has already coached before with Notre Dame in the past — but this is a much different route.
While O’Leary will have the honor of coaching our beloved Kyle Hamilton, he also has the tremendous task of bringing along someone next to Kyle. That someone may very well be Houston Griffith as he returns to Notre Dame from the transfer portal. An even tougher challenge will be to recruit at a higher level, as well as prepare for life without Kyle (and Griffith) in 2022.