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Hometown Colorado Springs, Colo.

High School Doherty High School

College Colorado State (Exercise and Sports Science, 1992)

Wife Trina

Children Sons: Rylan, Kyler and Braydon


1993 Fort Collins (Colo.) H.S.

1994 Lake Wales (Fla.) H.S.

1995 Mount Union Running Backs

1996 Kent State Running Backs

1997-2000 Iowa State Running Backs

2001 Washington Running Backs

2002-06 Iowa State Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs

2007-08 Louisville Running Backs

2009 Notre Dame Running Backs

2010-11 Notre Dame Wide Receivers

2012-13 Notre Dame Running Backs/Slot Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator

2014 Notre Dame Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator


2000 Iowa State

2001 Washington Holiday

2002 Iowa State Humanitarian

2004 Iowa State Independence

2005 Iowa State Houston

2010 Notre Dame Sun

2011 Notre Dame Champs Sports

2012 Notre Dame BCS National Championship

2013 Notre Dame Pinstripe


1987-90 Colorado State Running Back


1990 Colorado State Freedom Bowl


  • Returned to running backs coach in 2012 and coached the Irish slot wide receivers from 2012-13.
  • Added the role of recruiting coordinator in 2012.
  • Notre Dame lost only four fumbles in 2013, which was tied with Bowling Green, Wisconsin, Utah, Virginia Tech and South Alabama for tops in the FBS, and only two were lost by Irish running backs.
  • Notre Dame's running backs only lost three fumbles in 13 games in 2012. In total, Alford's group has lost just five fumbles in the last two seasons combined (26 games).
  • Mentored Cam McDaniel, George Atkinson III, Amir Carlisle and Tarean Folston in 2013. The quartet ran for 1,934 yards (5.1 per carry) and nine touchdowns.
  • Folson gained 470 yards during his freshman campaign, which is the sixth-best single-season total by a freshman in school history (most since Darius Walker in 2004). He ran for 140 yards against Navy - the most by an Irish freshman since Julius Jones ran for 146 against Navy in 1999. Folston's effort was not far off of the school's freshman record of 148 by Jerome Heavens against Georgia Tech in 1975.
  • Notre Dame ran for at least 200 yards seven times in 2012, including six of its last nine contests. The Irish had not posted more 200+ yard rushing games in a single season since 1996.
  • Notre Dame had two running backs average at least 67.0 yards rushing per game in Theo Riddick (70.54/game) and Cierre Wood (67.45/game) in '12. They ranked 84th and 94th, respectively, in rushing in the FBS.
  • Notre Dame was one of four FBS schools from a BCS conference to have a pair of running backs average at least 67.0 yards rushing per game.
  • The quartet of Wood, Riddick, George Atkinson III and Cam McDaniel averaged 5.7 yards per tote.
  • Tutored running backs the first 15 seasons of his coaching career before moving to wide receivers from 2010-11.
  • Notre Dame wide receivers accounted for 165.8 yards of 252.6 receiving yards per game (66 percent) in 2011.
  • Michael Floyd led the Irish with a Notre Dame single-season record 100 receptions for 1,147 yards and nine TDs in '11. He became just the second Irish player to record multiple seasons of at least 60 catches. Floyd set career records for receptions, receiving yards, receiving TDs, yards per game and 100-yard games.
  • Floyd was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist and an honorable mention selection to Pro Football Weekly's All-America team.
  • Named one of six finalists for national recruiter of the year by following 2011 signing day and was tabbed one of nation's top 25 recruiters in 2011 by
  • With Alford's coaching, Floyd recorded a breakthrough season at Notre Dame in 2010. Floyd led the Irish with 79 receptions for 1,025 yards and 12 TDs. Those totals all rank in the top 10 on Notre Dame's single-season records list.
  • Notre Dame's running backs Armando Allen, Robert Hughes, Riddick and Jonas Gray averaged 4.8 yards on 293 carries in 2009 while the top four Irish rushers in 2008 averaged 3.9 yards per carry.
  • Prior to Notre Dame, spent his entire 14-year coaching career working with running backs at five different schools and produced a 1,000-yard rusher seven times.
  • During the 2008 season, one of Alford's pupils, redshirt freshman Victor Anderson, rushed for 1,047 yards with eight touchdowns and became the first Louisville running back to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards since 2005. Anderson was named the BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Year and second-team all-BIG EAST. He was also placed on Sporting News' Freshman All-America squad.
  • Spent nine years during two stints as running backs coach at Iowa State (1997-2000, 2002-06) where he developed three of the school's top six career rushing leaders (the last five years at Iowa State he also held the title of assistant head coach). Darren Davis, Ennis Haywood and Stevie Hicks combined for five 1,000-yard seasons with Alford as their position coach.
  • Iowa State had a 200-yard rushing effort by one of Alford's running backs eight times during his nine-year stint.
  • Iowa State was one of only three FBS schools that produced a 1,000-yard rusher annually from 1995-2001.
  • Haywood led the Big 12 Conference and ranked 10th nationally with 1,237 rushing yards. He was a first-team all-Big 12 running back as the Cylcones' rushing attack averaged 209.0 yards/game and totaled 27 rushing TDs.
  • During his initial four years in Ames (1997-2000), Iowa State improved from 103rd to 17th nationally in rushing.
  • Under Alford's guidance, Davis produced three consecutive seasons over 1,000 yards en route to becoming the second-most prolific rusher in school history.
  • Davis gained 1,005 yards as a sophomore in 1997, 1,116 yards in 1998 and ranked ninth in the nation in 1999 with a Big 12-best 1,388 rushing yards.
  • Sandwiched between Alford's stints at Iowa State was a year as Washington's running backs coach in 2001. Under Alford, Husky tailback Willie Hurst became the ninth back in school history to rush for more than 2,000 career yards.


  • Alford was a first-team all-Western Athletic Conference running back as a player for Colorado State in 1989 and was an honorable mention selection on USA Today's All-America team. He played for the Rams from 1987-90 and was a 1989 Doak Walker Award nominee. Alford ran for a school-record 310 yards versus Utah during the 1989 season.
  • Participated in Denver Broncos training camp in 1991 and played for the World League of American Football's Birmingham Fire in 1992.


WR Michael Floyd (Notre Dame), Arizona Cardinals

  • Career record holder at Notre Dame for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns; 13th overall selection of 2012 NFL Draft

RB Victor Anderson (Louisville)

  • 2008 BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Year; '08 Freshman All-American

RB Ennis Haywood (Iowa State)

  • 2000 all-Big 12 first team

RB Darren Davis (Iowa State)

  • 1999 all-Big 12 first team; Iowa State's No. 2 career rusher

Tony Alford
Tony  Alford

Recruiting Coordinator/Running Backs

Alma Mater:
Colorado State '92

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