Notre Dame officially hires Al Washington as next defensive line coach
Notre Dame has officially named former Ohio State assistant Al Washington as its next defensive line coach.
The program announced that news on Tuesday afternoon. Washington will also serve as Notre Dame’s defensive run game coordinator.
“I have seen firsthand how talented Al Washington is as a coach,” Head coach Marcus Freeman said in a release. “He is a great teacher and developer of his players on the field, but is just as impressive in how he goes about building great men off the field. On top of that, he is a passionate recruiter whose work in that area is going to help us compete for a national title.”
Washington replaces Mike Elston, who left for the same job at Michigan earlier this month.
He spent the previous three seasons with the Buckeyes in Columbus. He’s also had stops at Michigan, Cincinnati and Boston College over the last decade. Washington played for the Eagles from 2002-05.
Notre Dame also announced the hirings of two other assistant coaches this week: receivers coach Chansi Stuckey and offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.
The Fighting Irish are still looking for a defensive coordinator to fill Freeman’s old role. They pursued Iowa State defensive coordinator Jon Heacock earlier this month, but he’s reportedly decided to stay in Ames.