Jack Swarbrick discusses the announcement that Charlie Weis will not be retained as head coach.
Head coach Charlie Weis and his staff spoke during Friday's football media day on the Notre Dame campus.
A member of the Irish coaching staff since 2005, he has coached five of the most prolific receiving seasons in Notre Dame history as well as coordinated four-straight top-15 recruiting classes.
As the recruiting coordinator for the Irish, he directed three consecutive top-10 recruiting classes from 2006-08, something only three other schools (USC, Florida and Georgia) could claim. He is also the only coach named one of the 25-best recruiters in the country each of the last five years by Rivals.com. In the book The Second Season by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, Ianello is named one of the top-10 recruiters of the last 30 years.
Under his guidance, five of the eight best individual receiving seasons in Notre Dame history have occurred. In the past four seasons, four Irish receivers have caught more than 60 passes in a season, while five players have eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards.
Notre Dame's records for most receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns by a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior have all been recorded under his watch. He has played a crucial role in helping the Irish record the three-most prolific passing seasons in school history
In 2008, Golden Tate and Michael Floyd rewrote the record book for freshman and sophomore receivers at Notre Dame. Tate tallied 58 receptions for 1,080 yards and 10 TDs while Floyd registered 48 catches for 719 yards and seven TDs.
Freshmen and sophomores combined to make 18 starts in 2007 and caught 88 passes for 1.021 yards and six TDs. Duval Kamara set freshman records (broken in '08 by Floyd) for receptions and receiving yards in a season.
Jeff Samardzija, Maurice Stovall and Rhema McKnight captivated Irish fans in 2005-06. Samardzija set school records with 1,249 receiving yards and 15 TDs in '05 and 77 receptions in '06. His 179 career catches for 2,593 yards and 27 TDs are Irish records.
Stovall caught 69 passes for 1,149 yards and 11 TDs in '05, the second-most receiving yards in a single season in school history. McKnight tied Samardzija's school record with 15 receiving TDs in '06 and the two combined to lead the nation with 27 receiving TDs.
He coached at Wisconsin for two years prior to joining Notre Dame and helped lead the Badgers to the 2003 Music City Bowl and 2005 Outback Bowl.
At Wisconsin, helped develop Owen Daniels from a recruited quarterback into a tight end. Daniels is now one of the top receiving tight ends in the NFL.
Served as recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach at Arizona and helped develop Bobby Wade and Dennis Northcutt.
Wade led the Pacific-10 Conference with 93 receptions for 1,389 yards and eight TDs in 2002, while Northcutt caught 88 passes in 1999.
In 1999, he was named one of the top-10 recruiters in the nation by ESPN.com and one of the top six recruiters nationally by Sporting News.
Helped Arizona's 1998 squad to a 12-1 record and number four national ranking.
He was elected to the board of trustees of the American Football Coaches Association in January 2003. The board formulates policy and provides direction for the AFCA. Ianello also charis the AFCA's assistant coaches committee and is the general chairman of the AFCA's all-division assistant coaches committee.
Born Nov. 4, 1965, he is a native of Port Chester, N.Y., and is a 1987 graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. with a bachelor's degree in English. He and his wife, the former Denise Dove, have one son, Zachary, and two daughters, Ashley and Courtney. Denise is a former assistant women's basketball coach at Arizona and Wisconsin and is now a scout in the WNBA.