Bob Diaco named assistant head coach, Chuck Martin named offensive coordinator, Kerry Cooks named co-defensive coordinator, Scott Booker promoted to full-time assistant and contract extensions for assistant coaches announced
Head coach Charlie Weis and his staff spoke during Friday's football media day on the Notre Dame campus.
Returned to running backs coach in 2012 and continues coaching the Irish slot wide receivers.
Added the role of recruiting coordinator in 2012.
Notre Dame ran for at least 200 yards seven times in 2012, including six of the last nine contests. The Irish had not posted more 200+ yard rushing games in a single season since 1996.
Notre Dame had two running backs that average at least 67.0 yards rushing per game in Theo Riddick (70.54/game) and Cierre Wood (67.45/game). They ranked 84th and 94th, respectively, in rushing in the FBS.
Notre Dame was one of four FBS schools from a BCS conference to have a pair of running backs average at least 67.0 yards rushing per game.
The quartet of Wood, Riddick, George Atkinson III and Cam McDaniel averaged 5.7 yards per tote.
Coached running backs the first 15 seasons of his college coaching career before moving to wide receivers from 2010-11.
Notre Dame wide receivers accounted for 165.8 yards of 252.6 receiving yards per game (66 percent) in 2011.
Michael Floyd led the Irish with a Notre Dame single-season record 100 receptions for 1,147 yards and nine TDs in 2011. He became just the second Irish player to record multiple seasons of at least 60 receptions. Floyd set career records for receptions, receiving yards, receiving TDs, yards per game and 100-yard games under Alford's tutelage.
Floyd was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist and an honorable mention selection to Pro Football Weekly's All-America team.
Theo Riddick recorded a career-high 436 receiving yards despite missing over two games with a hamstring injury in 2011.
TJ Jones and Robby Toma both set career highs in receptions and receiving yards in 2011. Toma was recipient of the Next Man In Award at the Notre Dame football awards banquet.
Named one of six finalists for national recruiter of the year by 247Sports.com following 2011 signing day and was tabbed one of nation's top 25 recruiters in 2011 by Rivals.com.
Helped the Irish receiving game average 253.1 yards per contest in the 2010 regular season.
With Alford's coaching, Floyd recorded a breakthrough season at Notre Dame in 2010. Floyd led the Irish with 79 receptions for 1,025 yards and 12 TDs. Those totals all rank in the top 10 on Notre Dame's single-season records list.
In his first season as a wide receiver, Riddick flourished under Alford's tutelage as Riddick ranked second on the squad with 40 catches for 414 yards and three TDs in nine games. Prior to '10, Riddick had only played running back.
Jones and Toma became consistent receiving options under Alford in 2010 as Jones totaled 306 yards and three TDs on 22 receptions and Toma caught 14 passes for 187 yards.
Notre Dame's running backs Armando Allen, Robert Hughes, Riddick and Jonas Gray averaged 4.8 yards on 293 carries in 2009 while the top four Irish rushers in 2008 averaged 3.9 yards per carry.
Prior to Notre Dame, spent his entire 14-year coaching career working with running backs at five different schools and produced a 1,000-yard rusher seven times.
During the 2008 season, one of Alford's pupils, redshirt freshman Victor Anderson, rushed for 1,047 yards with eight touchdowns and became the first Louisville running back to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards since 2005. Anderson was named the BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Year and second-team all-BIG EAST. He was also placed on Sporting News' Freshman All-America squad.
Louisville averaged 164.5 yards rushing per game in 2008 and scored 18 rushing touchdowns.
Spent nine years during two stints as running backs coach at Iowa State (1997-2000, 2002-06) where he developed three of the school's top six career rushing leaders (the last five years at Iowa State he also held the title of assistant head coach). Darren Davis, Ennis Haywood and Stevie Hicks combined for five 1,000-yard seasons with Alford as their position coach.
Four of the 10 best single-game rushing totals in Cyclone history occurred during Alford's tenure, and Iowa State had a 200-yard rushing effort by one of his running backs eight times during his nine-year stint in Ames.
Hicks became the third Cyclone rusher under Alford to surpass 1,000 rushing yards in a season, as he led Iowa State with 1,062 yards in 2004.
Iowa State was one of only three FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools that produced a 1,000-yard rusher annually from 1995-2001.
Haywood continued the tradition in 2000, as he led the Big 12 Conference and ranked 10th nationally with 1,237 rushing yards. Haywood was a first-team all-Big 12 running back as the Cylcones' rushing attack averaged 209.0 yards per game and totaled 27 rushing TDs.
During his initial four years in Ames (1997-2000), Iowa State improved from 103rd to 17th nationally in rushing.
Under Alford's guidance, Davis produced three consecutive seasons over 1,000 yards en route to becoming the second-most prolific rusher in school history.
Davis gained 1,005 yards as a sophomore in 1997, 1,116 yards in 1998 and ranked ninth in the nation in 1999 with a Big 12-best 1,388 rushing yards.
Sandwiched between Alford's stints at Iowa State was a year as Washington's running backs coach in 2001. Under Alford, Husky tailback Willie Hurst became the ninth back in school history to rush for more than 2,000 career yards.
Alford was a first-team all-Western Athletic Conference running back as a player for Colorado State in 1989 and was an honorable mention selection on USA Today's All-America team. He played for the Rams from 1987-90 and was a 1989 Doak Walker Award nominee. Alford ran for a school-record 310 yards versus Utah during the 1989 season.
Participated in Denver Broncos training camp in 1991 and played for the World League of American Football's Birmingham Fire in 1992.
WR Michael Floyd (Notre Dame), Arizona Cardinals
Career record holder at Notre Dame for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns; 13th overall selection of 2012 NFL Draft
RB Victor Anderson (Louisville)
2008 BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Year; '08 Freshman All-American
RB Ennis Haywood (Iowa State)
2000 all-Big 12 first team
RB Darren Davis (Iowa State)
1999 all-Big 12 first team; Iowa State's No. 2 career rusher