New Recruiting Format Provides Great Yield for Irish


Signing Day: It's a Wild and Crazy Scene


Brian Kelly Sunday Teleconference Transcript

Notre Dame dominates Army, 44-6


Sunday Brunch: Shutdown in San Antonio

A dominating Irish offense that notched TDs on five of its first six possessions


Sunday Brunch: Irish Finish Off ‘Canes

They did it by blowing out to a 20-0 lead less than five minutes into the second period


Exclusive 1 on 1 - Mike Elston

Jack Nolan talks to Recruiting Coordinator & Defensive Line Coach, Mike Elston, on Media Day 2017.


FB: Practice Update April 16

As spring practice enters its final week, joins coach Mike Elston and the defensive line for its latest practice update.


FB: Coach Kelly Staff Changes Presser

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly meets with the media to talk about recent changes to the coaching staff for the 2012 season.


FB: NSD - Behind the Scenes

Go behind the scenes in The Guglielmino Athletics Complex during's 2012 National Signing Day coverage on Feb. 1.


Coach Elston Signing Day Interview

Defensive line coach Mike Elston stops by the Signing Day set.


Notre Dame at Michigan (USATSI)

The Irish fell 41-30 in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 115,109.


Brian And Paqui Kelly Host Football 101

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Hometown: St. Marys, Ohio

High School: Memorial High School

College: Michigan (Sport Management and Communications, 1998)

Wife: Beth (Broyles)

Children: Daughters - Olivia, Sophia and Isabella



1993-96 Michigan Outside Linebacker


1993 Michigan (Hall of Fame)

1994 Michigan (Holiday)

1995 Michigan (Alamo)

1996 Michigan (Outback)



1997 Michigan Student Assistant

1998 Michigan Video Intern

1999-2000 Michigan Graduate Assistant/Outside Linebackers

2001 Eastern Michigan Defensive Ends

2002 -03 Eastern Michigan Recruiting Coordinator/Defensive Line

2004 Central Michigan Defensive Line

2005 Central Michigan Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line

2006 Central Michigan Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator

2007-08 Cincinnati Recruiting Coord./Tight Ends/Special Teams Coord.

2009 Cincinnati Asst. Head Coach/Defensive Line/Special Teams Coord.

2010-11 Notre Dame Defensive Line/Special Teams Coordinator

2012-14 Notre Dame Defensive Line

2015-16 Notre Dame Recruiting Coordinator/Linebackers

2017 Notre Dame Recruiting Coordinator/Defensive Line


1998 Michigan (Rose)

1999 Michigan (Citrus)

2000 Michigan (Orange)

2001 Michigan (Citrus)

2006 Central Michigan (Motor City)

2007 Cincinnati (

2009 Cincinnati (Orange)

2010 Cincinnati (Sugar)

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)


  • Four-year member of Michigan’s football team (1993-96)
  • Three-year letterwinner for the Wolverines as an outside linebacker (1994-96)


  • Member of the Notre Dame coaching staff since 2010 and recruiting coordinator since 2015
  • Coached the Irish linebackers for two seasons (2015-16)
  • Returns to the defensive line in 2017, a position he coached at Notre Dame from 2010-14
  • Spearheaded Irish recruiting effort that brought in consensus top-15 classes each of the last two seasons
  • Jaylon Smith eclipsed 100 tackles in consecutive seasons and no Power 5 linebacker, other than Smith, made the following claim in 2015: 114 or more tackles, 9.0 TFLs and five PBUs
  • Oversaw the Notre Dame special teams units in 2010 and 2011
  • Aided in the mentorship of four freshman defensive linemen in 2014, Jay Hayes, Daniel Cage, Andrew Trumbetti and Grant Blankenship — all of whom played significantly as rookies
  • Played critical role in the development of Sheldon Day, who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Developed Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix III into second- and third-round NFL Draft picks (2014), respectively
  • Mentored the first tandem of Irish defensive linemen to be chosen in the top three rounds of the same draft since 1997
  • Helped Tuitt finish his career with 21.5 sacks — tied for third in school history
  • Major impact on Kapron Lewis-Moore’s development into a sixth-round NFL Draft pick in 2013 — would have been drafted much higher had it not been for a torn ACL suffered in the 2013 Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game
  • Injuries ravaged the Irish defensive line in 2013 — trio of Day, Nix III and Tuitt were on the field together for only 23 plays over final 10 games of the season
  • Led an Irish defensive line that allowed only four rushing touchdowns in 2012 (first did not come until the eighth game of the year) — the fewest in the FBS
  • Tuitt and Nix III became the first pair of Irish defensive linemen to earn All-America status in same season since 1989
  • Oversaw a Notre Dame defensive line that helped hold eight different opponents to under 100 yards rushing in 2012, which was tied for the most of any BCS automatically-qualifying school
  • Mentored an Irish defensive line unit that helped limit their foes to 3.47 yards per rush, which ranked 17th in the FBS
  • Helped Notre Dame kick returner George Atkinson III rank 19th in the FBS in kickoff return average (26.1) in 2011
  • Irish kick return unit improved from 75th in the FBS in 2010 to 36th in 2011
  • Helped David Ruffer to an All-America caliber season in 2010 and was named a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, presented to college football’s top place kicker
  • Helped Ruffer convert his first 18 field-goal attempts of 2010, which snapped school records for most consecutive made field goals in a season (18) and career (23)
  • Held responsibilities of assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator, special teams coordinator, tight ends coach and  defensive line coach over three years at Cincinnati (2007-09)
  • Helped implement a new scheme in 2009 with three first-year starters on a Bearcats’ defensive line that limited their opponents to 3.6 rushing yards per carry
  • Coached a Cincinnati defensive line in 2009 that played a major role as the Bearcats registered the third-most tackles for loss and 10th-most sacks in the FBS
  • Helped Ricardo Mathews earn second-team all-BIG EAST honors as he led Cincinnati with 12.5 tackles for loss, and Alex Daniels paced the defensive line with 56 tackles and 8.5 sacks
  • Served as Cincinnati’s special teams coordinator in 2009 for the third straight season
  • Guided Mardy Gilyard as he captured BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year for the second consecutive season in 2009
  • Gilyard averaged 30.5 yards per kickoff return and 12.6 yards per punt return
  • Coached a Bearcats’ kickoff return unit that ranked second in the nation in 2009, averaging 28.5 yards per kickoff return
  • Mentored two-time Associated Press All-America punter (2007, 2008) and 2007 consensus selection Kevin Huber at Cincinnati
  • Critical reason the Bearcats became only the fourth team in FBS history to lead the nation in net punting in consecutive seasons
  • Helped Kevin Huber capture the 2007 BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year award after he led the nation averaging 46.9 yards per punt
  • Spent three seasons at Central Michigan (2004-06) under Irish head coach Brian Kelly
  • Coached two all-MAC linebackers in 2006, including the league’s top tackler
  • Served as CMU’s co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach in 2005 and mentored Dan Bazuin, who led the nation with 26.5 tackles for loss and tied a MAC record with 16 sacks
  • First full-time coaching job came at Eastern Michigan University (2001-03) where he coached defensive line and then added recruiting coordinator responsibilities his final two years
  • First taste of coaching came as a graduate assistant at the University of Michigan from 1999-2000


LB Jaylon Smith (Notre Dame)

  • 2016 NFL Draft Second Round pick (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 2015 Consensus All-American
  • 2015 Butkus Award Recipient

DT Sheldon Day (Notre Dame)

  • 2016 NFL Draft Fourth Round pick (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 2015 First Team All-American

DL Stephon Tuitt (Notre Dame)

  • 2014 NFL Draft Second Round pick (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 2012 First Team All-American

DL Louis Nix III (Notre Dame)

  • 2014 NFL Draft Third Round pick (Houston Texans)
  • 2012 Third Team All-American

PK David Ruffer (Notre Dame)

  • 2010 Lou Groza Award finalist

P Kevin Huber (Cincinnati)

  • 2007, 2008 First Team All-American
  • 2007 BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year

DE Dan Bazuin (Central Michigan)

  • Led NCAA with 26.5 tackles for loss in 2005
  • Tied MAC record with 16 sacks
  • 2007 NFL Draft Second Round pick (Chicago Bears)

WR Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati)

  • 2009 BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year
  • 2008 BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year

Mike Elston
Mike  Elston

Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line

Alma Mater:
Michigan '98

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