Marcus Freeman has released a statement on the departure of Notre Dame offensive coordinator Gerad Parker.

Parker is set to become the next head coach at Troy. He spent two seasons with the Fighting Irish, including one as their offensive coordinator in 2023. Notre Dame’s offensive numbers improved substantially from the 2022 season under Parker’s leadership.

Freeman congratulated Parker and wished him well in his statement:

“Congratulations to Gerad as he takes on this great opportunity at Troy. I have had the chance to work closely with Gerad for a number of years and what stands out to me the most are his leadership skills and how tirelessly he works to get the most out of his players. We wish Gerad and his family all the best on their new adventure.”

Freeman and Notre Dame will now turn their attention to hiring a replacement for Parker. This move means Notre Dame will have three different offensive coordinators in Freeman’s first three seasons at the helm in South Bend.

Notre Dame has not had much staff turnover so far this offseason. The Fighting Irish did part ways with receivers coach Chansi Stuckey and later replaced him with Mike Brown.

Notre Dame will face Oregon State in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 29.