Aaryn Kearney enters his third year in 2017 with the Notre Dame football program as the director of recruiting. He assists recruiting coordinator Mike Elston and director of player personnel Dave Peloquin in the recruiting department. He organizes all official and unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes, manages compliance and academic records for recruits, oversees student workers and helps organize game day recruiting efforts.
Kearney came 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 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 football staff’s evaluation process. Kearney assisted with roster management, 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 in December, 2008, with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.