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Coach Denbrock, along with Mike Ragone and Tyler Eifert, appear at the Kickoff Luncheon.

The Notre Dame tight end group appears at the MSU Kickoff Luncheon - group coach Mike Denbrock along with senior Mike Ragone and junior Tyler Eifert.


Hometown: Homer, Mich.

High School: Homer High School

College: Grand Valley State (Communications, 1987)

Wife: Dianne

Children: Son: Chance


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


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


1982-85 Grand Valley State Tight End


  • Denbrock was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2014.
  • Denbrock moved to coach the outside wide receivers and serve as passing game coordinator in 2012.
  • Denbrock served as the interim offensive coordinator during preparation for the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl. The Irish knocked off Rutgers, 29-16, and rolled up 494 total yards over a season-high 90 offensive plays. The 494 total yards of offense against the Scarlet Knights was the third-most by the Irish in a game in '13. Notre Dame also racked up 175 yards on the ground against the nation's fourth-best rushing defense.
  • Critical in the development of wide receiver TJ Jones.
  • Jones led the Irish in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in 2013. He was the seventh wide out in school history to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in a single season. His 70 catches, 1,108 yards and nine touchdown catches rank seventh, seventh and tied for ninth, respectively, in single-season school history.
  • Jones recorded 100-yard receiving games on five different occasions in 2013 - tied for the fourth-most in school history. He also registered a touchdown grab in seven consecutive games during one stretch of the season, which is the second-longest streak in school history.
  • Earlier in his career he spent a combined eight seasons with head coach Brian Kelly at Grand Valley State where he learned Kelly's offense. Kelly served as the Lakers' head coach and Denbrock was on his coaching staff from 1992-98. From 1992-95, Denbrock wore multiple hats - serving as offensive coordinator for Kelly as well as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at different times. The two were graduate assistants together at Grand Valley State in 1987.
  • Selected one of Tom Lemming's Assistant Coaches of the Year in 2011. Named one of top 25 recruiters by (2012) and selected one of top 50 recruiters by following 2012 signing day.
  • Coached junior tight end Tyler Eifert in 2011 to one of the best seasons ever by a Notre Dame tight end. Eifert ranked second on the team with 63 receptions for 803 yards and five TDs.
  • A Mackey Award finalist in 2011, Eifert led all FBS tight ends in receptions and receiving yards. He also set Notre Dame single-season records for receptions and receiving yards by a Notre Dame tight end.
  • Eifert was selected to the 2011 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America first team. He became Notre Dame's 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 receptions for 328 yards and three touchdowns in first six games before a hamstring injury ended his season.
  • Developed Eifert in Rudolph's absence and turned the sophomore tight end into a reliable receiving option for the Irish. Eifert snagged 27 passes for 352 yards and two touchdowns.
  • At Indiana State in 2009, helped turn redshirt freshman linebacker Aaron Archie into an all-conference player in his first season of collegiate football. He was named a second-team performer in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and was a member of the league's all-newcomer team.
  • Coached offensive line at Washington and in 2007, the Husky line helped running back Louis Rankin become the first 1,000-yard rusher at Washington since 1997. Quarterback Jake Locker also nearly eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards in 2007 as he gained 986 yards on the ground. Rankin and Locker ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in rushing yards per game among Pac-10 players.
  • Center Juan Garcia earned second-team all-Pacific-10 honors in 2007.
  • Denbrock's offensive line paved the way for the Huskies to average 203.1 rushing yards per game in 2007. Washington ranked 18th nationally in rushing and second in the Pac-10 Conference.
  • Coached several players at Notre Dame who became NFL Draft selections, including offensive tackles Ryan Harris (2007, third round, Denver), Jim Molinaro (2004, seventh round, Washington), Jordan Black (2003, fifth round, Kansas City) and Brennan Curtin (2003, sixth round, Green Bay) plus tight ends Tyler Eifert (2013, first round, Cincinnatti), Kyle Rudolph (2011, second round, Minnesota), John Carlson (2008, second round, Seattle), Anthony Fasano (2006, second round, Dallas) and Jerome Collins (2005, fifth round, St. Louis).
  • Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Denbrock worked in a similar capacity with the offensive tackles and tight ends at Stanford. His line helped lead the way for a Stanford rushing attack which ranked 23rd in the nation, averaging more than 200 yards per game and scoring 27 TDs.
  • Developed Kwame Harris into one of the top offensive tackles in the Pac-10 Conference. Harris was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the 26th pick in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft.
  • Prior to his two years in Buffalo, Denbrock returned to Grand Valley State, where he coached with Kelly.
  • Denbrock served as the Lakers' defensive coordinator and linebackers coach from 1996-98 and his defensive unit ranked among the nation's top 30 in total defense, scoring defense and rushing defense each season.
  • Eight of his players earned first-team All-America honors during his seven years at Grand Valley State.
  • Denbrock's first full-time coaching assignment came in 1990-91 as the tackles and tight ends coach at Illinois State.
  • He focused on the offensive line as a graduate assistant at Michigan State in 1989 and helped with the quarterbacks and receivers on the 1988 Spartans' squad.
  • He broke into coaching as a graduate assistant from 1986-87 at Grand Valley State where he worked with the offensive tackles and tight ends.


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


September 4
6:30 PM
Austin, Texas

September 10
3:30 PM
Notre Dame, Ind.

September 17
7:30 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind.

September 24
3:30 PM
Notre Dame, Ind.

October 1
East Rutherford, N.J.(MetLife Stadium)

October 8
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C.

October 15
7:30 PM
Notre Dame, Ind.

October 29
3:30 PM
Notre Dame, Ind.

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.


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