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Hometown: Homer, Mich.

High School: Homer High School

College: Grand Valley State (Communications, 1987)

Wife: Dianne

Children: Son- Chance


1982-85 Grand Valley State Tight End


1986-87 Grand Valley State Graduate Assistant

1988-89 Michigan State Graduate Assistant

1990-91 Illinois State Offensive Tackles/Tight Ends

1992-95 Grand Valley State Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers

1996-98 Grand Valley State Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

1999-2000 Buffalo (AFL) Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/

Offensive and Defensive Line

2001 Stanford Offensive Tackles/Tight Ends

2002-04 Notre Dame Offensive Tackles/Tight Ends

2005-08 Washington Offensive Line

2009 Indiana State Associate Head Coach/Special Teams


2010-11 Notre Dame Tight Ends

2012-13 Notre Dame Outside Wide Receivers/Passing Game Coordinator

2014 Notre Dame Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers

2015-16 Notre Dame Associate Head Coach/Wide Receivers


1989 Michigan State (Gator)

1989 Michigan State (Aloha)

1994 Grand Valley State (NCAA Division II First Round)

1998 Grand Valley State (NCAA Division II First Round)

2000 Buffalo (AFL Playoffs)

2001 Stanford (Seattle)

2003 Notre Dame (Gator)

2004 Notre Dame (Insight)

2010 Notre Dame (Sun)

2011 Notre Dame (Champs Sports)

2012 Notre Dame (BCS National Championship)

2013 Notre Dame (Pinstripe)

2014 Notre Dame (Music City)

2015 Notre Dame (Fiesta)


  • Second season as the Irish associate head coach in 2016
  • Guided an Irish offense to 466.4 yards of total offense per game in 2015, including three games with over 500 yards of total offense (Texas, UMass and Stanford) 
  • Irish averaged more yards of total offense per game just once (2005) since setting the school record of 510.5 yards of total offense per game (1970)
  • Notre Dame had seven offensive plays of at least 70 yards, which tied for the most in the FBS, and a school-record 13 offensive TDs of at least 50 yards 
  • Will Fuller’s NFL Draft selection at No. 21 overall was the third highest for a Notre Dame wide receiver over the last three decades 
  • Fuller's 1,258 receiving yards in 2015 ranked second in school history, his seven 100-yard receiving games ranked third and his 14 TD grabs ranked fifth 
  • Fuller was the fourth player in school history to record consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons 
  • Fuller's 29 TD receptions were the most and his 2,352 receiving yards were the second-most for an Irish player over a two-year span in school history 
  • Acted as Notre Dame offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2014 
  • The Irish scored at least 27 points a school-record 11 times in 2014 
  • Guided an offense that averaged 33.0 points per game -- most since 2005 (36.7) -- and 444.6 yards of total offense per game -- most since 2009 (451.75) 
  • Fuller set Irish sophomore records in touchdown receptions (15), catches (76) and receiving yards (1,094) in 2014 
  • Coached the Notre Dame outside wide receivers and served as passing-game coordinator in 2012 and 2013 
  • Returned to Notre Dame in 2010 and spent the next two seasons coaching the Irish tight ends
  • Named one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation by and one of country's top 50 recruiters by in 2012 
  • Selected by Tom Lemming as one of the 2011 Assistant Coaches of the Year 
  • Coached 2011 Mackey Award finalist Ty-ler Eifert to one of the best seasons ever by a Notre Dame tight end 
  • Eifert ranked second on the Irish with 63 receptions for 803 yards and five TDs in 2011 
  • Eifert led all FBS tight ends in 2011 in both receptions and receiving yards 
  • Eifert set Notre Dame single-season re-cords for receptions and receiving yards by a tight end 
  • Eifert was selected to the 2011 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America first team and became the first Irish tight end named first-team All-American since Derek Brown in 1991 
  • Coached 2010 preseason All-American Kyle Rudolph as he collected 28 recep-tions for 328 yards and three touchdowns in first six games before a hamstring in-jury ended his season 
  • Spent the 2009 season as the associate head coach at Indiana State University 
  • Served as the offensive line coach at the University of Washington from 2005-08 
  • Mentored the Irish offensive tackles and tight ends in his first stint at Notre Dame from 2002-04 
  • Produced 1,000-yard rushers in 2002 (Ryan Grant) and 2003 (Julius Jones) 
  • Worked with the offensive tackles and tight ends at Stanford in 2001 
  • Developed Stanford's Kwame Harris (2003 first-round NFL Draft pick) into one of the top offensive tackles in the Pacific-10 Conference 
  • Spent seven seasons at Grand Valley State as an assistant coach under Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly
  • Acted as Lakers' quarterbacks and wide receivers coach from 1992-95 -- offense rated first in the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference in both total and scoring offense each season 
  • Served as the Lakers’ defensive coordina-tor and linebackers coach from 1996-98 
  • Guided a Lakers' defensive unit that ranked among the nation’s top 30 in to-tal defense, scoring defense and rushing defense each season 
  • First full-time coaching assignment came in 1990-91 as the tackles and tight ends coach at Illinois State 
  • Two-year graduate assistant at Michigan State -- worked with quarterbacks and re-ceivers in 1988 and offensive line in 1989 
  • Broke into coaching as a graduate assis-tant from 1986-87 at Grand Valley State where he worked with the offensive tack-les and tight ends


WR Will Fuller (Notre Dame), Houston Texans

  • 2016 NFL Draft First Round pick
  • 2015 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist
  • 2015 Second Team All-American
WR TJ Jones (Notre Dame), Detroit Lions
  • 2014 NFL Draft Sixth Round pick
  • One of six wideouts in school history with at least 150 receptions, 2,000 receiving yards and 15 TD catches

TE Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame), Cincinnati Bengals

  • 2013 first-round NFL Draft pick and first tight end selected
  • 2012 Mackey Award Winner
  • 2011 first-team All-American; set school record for receptions and receiving yards in a season by a tight end

TE Kyle Rudolph (Notre Dame), Minnesota Vikings

  • 2011 second-round NFL Draft pick and first tight end selected

TE John Carlson (Notre Dame) Minnesota Vikings

  • 2008 second-round NFL Draft pick by Seattle

OT Ryan Harris (Notre Dame), Dallas Texans

  • 2007 third-round NFL Draft pick by Denver

TE Anthony Fasano (Notre Dame), Kansas City Chiefs

  • 2006 second-round NFL Draft pick by Dallas

OT Kwame Harris (Stanford)

  • 2002 first-round NFL Draft pick by San Francisco

Mike Denbrock
Mike  Denbrock

Associate Head Coach/Wide Receivers

Alma Mater:
Grand Valley State '87

Event Calendar


October 29
3:30 PM
Notre Dame, Ind.

Game Week Central
November 5
11:30 AM
Jacksonville, Fla.(EverBank Field)

November 12
2:30 PM
San Antonio, Texas(Alamodome)

November 19
3:30 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind.

November 26
Los Angeles, Calif.

September 2
Notre Dame, Ind.
September 9
Notre Dame, Ind.
September 16
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass.

September 23
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich.
September 30
Miami Ohio
Notre Dame, Ind.
October 7
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C.


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