Shane Waldron is entering his third season as offensive graduate assistant where his duties have focused primarily on the Notre Dame offensive linemen. A former assistant in the football operations office of the National Football League's New England Patriots, Waldron joined the Irish in 2005.
Through Waldron's two seasons at Notre Dame, he has been a part of two of the most explosive offenses in school history. Both the 2005 and 2006 offenses averaged at least 31 points per game and at least 389 yards of offense per contest. Brady Quinn passed for over 3,400 yards in each season while Darius Walker gained over 1,100 rushing yards in each of the past two campaigns. Jeff Samardzija became the first Irish wide receiver to post multiple 1,000-yard receiving seasons and became Notre Dame's career leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Rhema McKnight also benefited as he recorded 907 receiving yards in 2006 and tied Samardzija's school record set in 2005 with 15 receiving touchdowns. The 2005 Irish offense produced two 1,000-yard receivers (Jeff Samardzija and Maurice Stovall), a 1,000-yard rusher (Darius Walker) and a 3,000-yard passer (Brady Quinn) - one of only two schools to accomplish the feat (Miami of Ohio was the other).
Waldron came to Notre Dame after serving three seasons (2002-04) with the Patriots. He spent one year handling special teams quality control duties, assisting the director of football operations, offensive coaches and defensive coaches with daily tasks, and overseeing the completion of weekly game plans and playbooks. Waldron assisted in preparation of game plans, playbooks and team travel arrangements and helped quality control coaches with pre-game preparations and halftime adjustments.
Waldron attended Tufts University in Medford, Mass., where he was a three-year letterman as a tight end and deep snapper. Waldron received a degree in economics from Tufts in 2002. A native of Portland, Ore., Waldron attended LaSalle High School in Portland, graduating in 1997. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., in 1998 before attending Tufts.
Born Aug. 17, 1979, Waldron lives in South Bend.