Jeff Quinn is in his second year in 2016 with the Notre Dame football program and first as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Quinn, who served as Notre Dame's offensive analyst in 2015, enters his 33rd year of college coaching. He has produced NCAA, conference and school record-breaking offenses along with winning multiple conference, bowl and national championships.
Quinn served as the head coach at the University at Buffalo from 2010-14, which included a 2013 campaign that saw the Bulls finish with an 8-5 record. The eight wins were the most for Buffalo in the regular season since it moved to the FBS in 1999. The Bulls also won a school-record six Mid-American Conference games. Buffalo registered a seven-game winning streak, including the program’s first victory over a school from a Bowl Championship Series conference (UConn). The Bulls participated in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl -- the program’s second bowl appearance.
Quinn had three of his players selected in the National Football League draft, including linebacker Khalil Mack who was chosen fifth overall by the Oakland Raiders in 2014. Mack was the highest NFL Draft pick in school history and the highest defensive player ever selected from the Mid-American Conference. Quinn’s teams also performed well in the classroom. Buffalo recorded the best overall GPA and APR ranking in program history during his tenure.
As offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Cincinnati (2007-2009), Quinn helped the Bearcats to a 12-0 regular-season record in 2009 and served as interim head coach for the Sugar Bowl meeting with defending national champion Florida.
Quinn was named a finalist for the 2009 Broyles Award, which is given to the nation’s top assistant coach. Unranked in preseason polls, Cincinnati’s undefeated regular season catapulted the Bearcats to No. 3 in the BCS standings and earned them an invitation to the Sugar Bowl, the school’s second consecutive BCS game.
Prior to his stint at Cincinnati, Quinn was the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Central Michigan. He helped the Chippewas to the 2006 MAC title. Quinn served as interim head coach for Central Michigan in its 31-14 victory over Middle Tennessee in the 2006 Motor City Bowl.
Quinn arrived at CMU in 2004 after 15 seasons at Grand Valley State. He was part of the staff that led the Lakers to back-to-back national championships in 2002 and 2003.
Quinn is a 1984 graduate of Elmhurst College where he was a two-sport standout in football and wrestling. He was twice named Student-Athlete of the Year at Elmhurst. Quinn was inducted into Elmhurst’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.
Quinn earned a master of arts degree from DePauw in 1986 and an educational leadership master’s degree endorsement from GVSU in 2000.
Quinn and his wife, Shannon, have two sons, Kyle and Ryan.