Report: Irish to hire Martin as assistant

Updated: December 28, 2009, 3:18 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- A person familiar with the decision says Notre Dame will hire Grand Valley State coach Chuck Martin to coach the Irish defensive backs.

The person, who spoke Monday on the condition of anonymity because Notre Dame has not made the announcement, said Martin is expected to sign his contract next week.

Martin won a pair of Division II titles at Grand Valley State and finished second this season. He was 74-7 in six years with the Lakers.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly won consecutive national championships at Grand Valley State. He moved on to Central Michigan and Cincinnati before being hired by the Irish earlier this month.

Notre Dame has said only that running backs coach Tony Alford, a holdover from Charlie Weis' staff, will be an assistant under Kelly.


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