Jan. 12, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Two former members of the strength and conditioning staff at the University of Cincinnati and one former assistant coach with the Bearcats have been added to the University of Notre Dame strength and conditioning staff, Irish head coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday.
Paul Longo becomes Notre Dame's director of football strength and conditioning while Jacob Flint and Lorenzo Guess will serve as assistant directors of strength and conditioning.
Longo has 23 years of experience with NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools and has worked at Wisconsin, Iowa, Central Michigan and Cincinnati. He just completed his third season at Cincinnati and has worked alongside Kelly since 2004. Longo's teams have been well conditioned and have been one of the top closing teams in the nation. Since 2005, Longo's and Kelly's teams are 42-1 when leading after three quarters and 39-2 when taking a lead into halftime. Longo has helped produce more than 50 NFL draft picks in his career, including a combined eight picks the last two years at Cincinnati - as many as the Bearcats had produced in the previous five years combined.
Flint had been a member of Cincinnati's strength and conditioning staff since 2007, helping the Bearcats to a 33-6 record during that time. He played for Kelly at Central Michigan as a walk-on and eventually earned a scholarship. In his free time, Flint competes in the 85-kilogram weight class at USA weightlifting events and is ranked 25th nationally.
Guess coached the Cincinnati tight ends in 2009 after previously serving on strength and conditioning staffs from 2005-09 at South Florida, Alcorn State, Kentucky State, Cincinnati and Tiffin. Guess played both football and basketball at Michigan State, earning four letters with the football team and receiving two letters from the basketball team.
The remaining three assistant coaches should be announced in the near future.