Football Names Mike Denbrock Offensive Coordinator|
Jan. 17, 2017
Denbrock is the latest addition to Fickell’s staff, which includes defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Marcus Freeman, special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Doug Phillips, wide receivers coach Joker Phillips, safeties coach Jon Tenuta and director of football sports performance Brady Collins.
“Mike is a proven offensive leader,” Fickell said. “I’m excited for him to get started on the recruiting trail and work with our team heading into the spring and our journey into the future. He’s another in the mold of great coaches and family men that we’ve attracted to our staff here. It’s exciting what we are building with a quality staff of teachers and coaches to lead our players.”
A veteran of 30-plus years in the coaching profession, Denbrock has worked as both an offensive and defensive coordinator and coached every position on the offensive side of the ball.
Most recently, Denbrock was at Notre Dame from 2010-16 in a variety of roles. He coached tight ends (2010-11), outside receivers and was the passing game coordinator (2012-13), served as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach (2014) and was the associate head coach and wide receivers coach (2015-16). During his second stint with the Fighting Irish, Denbrock coached in six bowl games, including the 2012 BCS National Championship.
Known as a dynamic recruiter, Denbrock is a strong offensive mind who had success as the Irish’s primary play caller the past two seasons. The offense averaged 443 yards per game and close to seven yards per play over the past 25 games. In 2012, he was tabbed as one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation by Rivals.com and one of country's top 50 recruiters by 247Sports.com.
Before his time at Notre Dame, Denbrock coached at Indiana State (2009) and Washington (2005-08). He had his first go around with the Irish from 2002-04 and also spent the 2001 season at Stanford. He was with the AFL’s Buffalo Destroyers from 1999-2000, spent seven seasons at Grand Valley State (1992-98), his alma mater, and also spent time at Illinois State and Michigan State.
Denbrock counts eight NFL draft picks among his pupils, including a pair of tight ends with Cincinnati ties, the Cincinnati Bengals' Tyler Eifert and Cincinnati native Kyle Rudolph, who plays for the Minnesota Vikings.
Additional coaching and staff appointments will be announced as they are finalized.
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