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Throughout his tenure as special teams coordinator, the Irish special teams have been some of the best in the nation and recorded some of the top marks in recent school history.

Notre Dame has blocked or deflected 10 punts, 10 field goals and two PATs since 2005.

The Irish have returned three punts and one kickoff for touchdowns as well as scored on returns off of a blocked punt and blocked field goal and also on a fake field goal.

Four times in the last four years, Notre Dame's kickoff coverage team has forced a turnover and the Irish have recovered two fumbles on punt coverage.

Under his guidance, the Irish have averaged 10.0 yards per punt return while allowing only 7.6 yards per punt return. On kickoffs, Notre Dame's coverage unit has limited opponents to 19.9 yards per return while the Irish return teams have averaged 20.5 yards per return.

Polian has also proven to be a solid recruiter for the Irish as he signed four players in southern California and Hawaii in 2009. He was rewarded for his efforts by as he was named one of the top-25 recruiters in the country and the Midwest/Big 10 Recruiter of the Year by the recruiting website.

In 2008, he helped Notre Dame accomplish something it hadn't since 1988 - lead the nation in a statistical category. For the first time in school history, the Irish had the best kickoff coverage unit in the country allowing only 16.5 yards per return. It was the best yards-per-return average by an Irish squad since 1975 when that unit permitted 14.9 yards per kickoff return.

Notre Dame averaged 21.6 yards per kickoff return in `08, the best by an Irish team since 2002. The highlight of the season occurred in the Hawaii Bowl as Armando Allen raced 96 yards for a TD, the first kick return for TD since Vontez Duff versus Navy in '02.

The punt coverage unit was stellar in '08, allowing only 6.0 yards per punt return, the best at Notre Dame since 2000. The Irish allowed only one punt return longer than 20 yards - a 38-yard return by Stanford. He was instrumental in the development of placekicker Brandon Walker in '08. After converting just one of his first seven kicks, Walker made 10 of his next 11 kicks, including seven straight at one point.

In '07, the special teams units were strong, especially in the areas of net punting punt coverage and attacking field goals.

The Irish ranked 13th in the nation in net punting in '07 at 37.9 yards, marking the second-straight season in which they finished in the top 15 in that category nationally.

The punting combination of Geoff Price and Eric Maust landed 20 of their 76 punts inside the 20 yard line and only had three touchbacks on the season. The punt coverage team allowed an average of just 7.4 yards on 32 returns.

Defensive lineman Trevor Laws proved to be virtually impossible to stop at times, as he registered three blocked field goals, tying for most in the NCAA.

Polian also assisted in coaching the Irish linebackers in '07, focusing on inside linebackers. Joe Brockington ranked second on the team with 108 tackles while Maurice Crum Jr. tallied 84 tackles with 4.5 tackles for loss. Price ranked fifth in the nation in 2006, averaging 45.4 yards per punt to set the Notre Dame single-season record for punting average.

The punt coverage unit ranked 11th in the country at 37.8 yards in '06.

Prior to Notre Dame, coached the running backs and was recruiting coordinator at Central Florida. He tutored running back Alex Haynes, who became the Golden Knights' all-time leading rusher - finishing with 3,356 rushing yards and 27 TDs on 742 rushes.

A graduate of John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, he earned his bachelor's degree in history in 1997 and earned a master's degree in education from Baylor in 2000.

A three-year letterman as a linebacker, he was named to the all-Ohio Athletic Conference team in 1996 and helped the '94 and '96 teams to top-10 finishes in the NCAA Division III rankings.

Polian's father, Bill, is the president of the Indianapolis Colts. His older brother, Chris, serves as the vice president of football operations for the Colts. Younger brother Dennis is the assistant to the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.

Polian was a contributing author to the AFCA book, "A Complete Guide to Special Teams."

Born Dec. 22, 1974 in the Bronx, N.Y., he is married to the former Laura Maggiotto and the couple are the parents of one son, Aidan Doyle.

Brian Polian
Brian  Polian

Special Teams Coordinator

Alma Mater:
John Carroll '97

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