Kearney comes to Notre Dame after a six-season tenure in a similar role at the University of Nebraska. He joined the Huskers' football staff in February, 2009, as a recruiting staff assistant. Kearney was promoted to director of recruiting operations in January, 2014.
Kearney directed the day-to-day operations of Nebraska's recruiting staff and was responsible for the implementation of the Huskers' recruiting plan. He oversaw the evaluation process for the football staff. Kearney assisted the staff with roster management, the initial eligibility of prospective student-athletes and organizing NCAA compliance records pertaining to recruiting activities and campus visits. Kearney also served as the program's NFL liaison for pro personnel.
In addition to assisting the football staff in recruiting, Kearney was actively involved with the Big Red Football School and coaching clinics. Kearney worked in the recruiting office as a student worker for the previous year before his full-time appointment.
A native of Auburn, Nebraska, Kearney started his association with the Husker football program in 2003, working as a student manager for five seasons. Kearney served as the head student manager during the 2007 season.
Kearney graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December, 2008, with a bachelor's degree in communication studies.