NOTRE DAME, Indiana – The head football coach of the University of Notre Dame Dick Corbett Brian Kelly announced the addition of Marcus Freeman to his coaching staff on Friday. Freeman will serve as Bob Hinton’s defense coordinator and work directly with the Irish defenders. Hiring will be effective at the end of the standard university employment process.
“While we were looking to find someone to manage our defense, it was important to find the right one for our program, and Marcus and his family are just that,” Kelly said. “He has achieved great success on the field, both in defense and in his direct work with his defenders. In addition, he is considered among the elite recruiters in the ranks of coaches.
“The work that Marcus has done in raising the programs in which he has been a part speaks for itself, but just as important is the exceptional work he has done in building relationships with his staff and players. Marcus was our best choice to become our next security coordinator and we are pleased that he and his family will join us in Notre Dame. ”
Freeman comes to the South Band from his former position as defensive coordinator and backpacker coach at the University of Cincinnati, a position he held in January 2017.
Bearcats (9-1) made a national buzz in 2020-21, entering the Cup season as the No. 8 team in the country and winning the American Athletics Conference Championship, the first outspoken title in the program since 2009, when Kelly served as head coach of Cincinnati. Cincinnati appeared in the Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl, dropping by a small margin to No. 9 in Georgia after an unbeaten regular season.
Cincinnati’s defense is ranked in the Top 20 nationally in several categories for 2020-21, including ranking 13th in the overall defense (324.6 yards per game) and eighth in the defense ( 16.8 points per game) among all FBS teams. In addition, the Bearcats were third in the team’s defense defense for efficiency (101.25), 14th in the fast defense (111.1 yards per game), 15th in the red zone defense (0.735 percent), 17th. in the fourth defense down (0.375 percent), 16th in the team sacks (3.0 per game) and 10th in turnovers (21).
Bearcat’s outstanding cornerback Ahmad Gardner has garnered numerous selections from across America, being named to the first teams of the FWAA and USA TODAY, in addition to the second teams of the Associated Press, AFCA and The Athletic. He was also named the first All-AAC team.
Prior to his success in 2020, Freeman was part of the UC staff that coached the Bearcats for 11 winning seasons in 2018 and 2019, the 2019 Eastern Division American Athletics Conference Championship, and consecutive Cup victories. in 2018. Military Cup and ticket for 2019. Smart Birmingham Bowl.
The Bearcats finished at the top of AAC 2019 to mark the defense for the second consecutive season and ranked among the top three in the league in fast and full defense. In 2018, Cincinnati led the American in quick defense, scoring defense and full defense and ranked in the Top 15 in the NCAA FBS and in all three categories.
Prior to Cincinnati, Freeman spent four years in Purdue, where he coached linebackers for all four seasons and served as co-ordinator of the boilers in 2015. He is credited with transforming the Purdue retreat corps into force with many notable students, including: Marcus Bailey, 2016 Honorary Memorial All-Big Ten selection and Boilermaker’s defense leader with 97 bars; Jimmy Herman, winner of Mackie’s Purdue Guy’s Red Award and the Noble E. Kizer Award, to illustrate the overall success of the University’s University Athletics Program and win the highest average success among players in 2016 calendar year; and Ja’Whaun Bentley, USA Today’s Freshman All-American in 2014 and voted captain by his teammates before the 2015 season.
Freeman coached linebackers in Kent from 2011-12, where he directed domestic lifeback Luke Button to the second team of the All-Mid-American Conference in 2012, after finishing 143 games, including 80 solo stops. CJ Malauulu, an outfield backback, was the third team selection at all conferences in 2012, recording a total of 72 matches.
Freeman began his coaching career as a certified assistant coach at his alma mater, Ohio, in 2010, when Bucky scored 12-1 with a victory in the Sugar Bowl.
A four-year-old Buckis letter holder from 2004-08, Freeman won second All-Big Ten awards in 2008, while helping bring Ohio to four conference titles, three BCS Cups and two trips to the national team. title game during his career. He played in the 2009 Senior Bowl and was the fifth round of the Chicago Bears’ NFL Draft, spending time with the Bears, Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans before a medical condition ended his playing career.
Graduated in 2007 from Ohio, Freeman won the Big Ten academic honors and academic honors from all counties. In 2011, he received a master’s degree in sports management from the state of Ohio. He graduated from Wayne High School in Heber Heights, Ohio, and was an American parade.
Freeman has a daughter, Bria, and he and his wife, Joanna, have six children: Vinnie, Sienna, Gino, Nico, Capri and Rocco.
Born: January 10, 1986
Hometown: Huber Hts., Ohio
Children: Bria, Vinnie, Sienna, Gino, Nico, Capri, Rocco
Education: Ohio (2007, BS; 2011, MS)
Year of coaching: 10th
2004-08: Ohio (Linebacker)
2009: Chicago Bears (Linebacker); Buffalo accounts (Linebacker); Houston Texas (Linebacker)
YEAR: SCHOOL – POSITION
2010: Ohio State – Graduate Assistant
2011-12: Kent State – Linebackers
2013-15: Purdue – Linebackers
2016: Purdue – Joint Defense Coordinator / Line Players
2017-: Cincinnati – Defense Coordinator / Linebackers
YEAR: SCHOOL – CUP
2010: Ohio State – Sugar
2012: Kent – GoDaddy.com
2018: Cincinnati – Military
2019: Cincinnati – Birmingham
2020: Cincinnati – Peach
YEAR: SCHOOL – CUP
2005: Ohio – Fiesta
2006: Ohio – BCS National Championship
2007: Ohio State – BCS National Championship
2008: Ohio – Fiesta