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Harry Hiestand

Offensive Line



Hometown: Malvern, Pennsylvania

High School: Radnor High School

College: East Stroudsburg (Pa.) (Health and Physical Education, 1983)

Wife: Terri

Children: Daughter – Sarah; Sons – Michael, Matthew and Mark


1978-79 Springfield (Mass.) Offensive Line

1980-81 East Stroudsburg (Pa.) Offensive Line


1982 East Stroudsburg (Pa.) Student Assistant

1983 East Stroudsburg (Pa.) Assistant Offensive Line

1984-85 East Stroudsburg (Pa.) Offensive Line

1986 Pennsylvania Tight Ends

1987 USC Graduate Assistant

1988 Toledo Tight Ends

1989-93 Cincinnati Offensive Line

1994-96 Missouri Offensive Line

1997-04 Illinois Offensive Line

2005-09 Chicago Bears Offensive Line

2010-11 Tennessee Offensive Line

2012-17 Notre Dame Offensive Line


1988 USC (Rose)

1999 Illinois (Micron PC)

2001 Illinois (Sugar)

2005 Chicago Bears (NFL Divisional Round)

2006 Chicago Bears (Super Bowl XLI)

2010 Tennessee (Music City)

2012 Notre Dame (BCS National Championship)

2013 Notre Dame (Pinstripe)

2014 Notre Dame (Music City)

2015 Notre Dame (Fiesta)


  • Began his college career as an offensive lineman at Springfield College (Mass.) before transferring to East Stroudsburg, where an injury ended his playing days


  • A 35-year coaching veteran who has coached offensive line at the FBS or NFL level for 28 consecutive seasons, including each of the last five years at Notre Dame
  • Guided offensive lines at Notre Dame, as well as programs in the Southeastern Conference, Big Ten Conference, Big Eight Conference and NFL for the past 23 seasons
  • Developed four offensive linemen into top-three round NFL Draft picks since 2013 (Ronnie  Stanley, 1st; Zack Martin, 1st; Nick Martin, 2nd; and Chris Watt, 3rd)
  • Over the 11 NFL Drafts (2002-12) prior to Hiestand’s arrival at Notre Dame, only two Irish offensive linemen were drafted in the first three rounds and not a single one since 2007
  • Stanley was the highest-drafted Notre Dame offensive lineman since 1969
  • Stanley, who was drafted sixth in 2016, was the highest-drafted Irish player since quarterback Rick Mirer was the second overall selection by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1993 draft
  • The Irish averaged 207.6 rushing yards per game in 2015, including six games with 200+ yards (Texas, Virginia, Georgia Tech, UMass, USC and Stanford)
  • Notre Dame’s average of 5.63 yards per carry set a modern (post-WWII) school record
  • Four pupils were chosen in the 2014 NFL Draft — Zack Martin (first round) and Chris Watt (third round) of Notre Dame and Tennessee’s Ja’Wuan James (first) and Zach Fulton (sixth)
  • Mentored a unit that allowed just eight sacks in 2013, which ranked tied for second in the FBS in fewest sacks allowed
  • Guided an offensive line in 2012 that nearly helped the Irish average over 200 yards per game in both rushing and passing, which had previously happened only twice in school history (1977, 1970)
  • Coached offensive line for two years at the University of Tennessee (2010-11)
  • Mentored the Volunteers offensive line unit that allowed only 18 sacks while attempting 400 passes in 2011—and only Alabama, among conference schools, allowed fewer sacks
  • Inherited a Tennessee offensive line group in 2010 that featured only one player with starting experience and that amounted to only three career starts
  • Guided three true freshmen on a 2010 offensive line that helped Tauren Poole rush for 1,034 yards and tie for the SEC lead with six 100-yard rushing games
  • Spent five seasons coaching the offensive line of the Chicago Bears (2005-09)
  • Member of a coaching staff that not only helped the Bears win division championships in 2005 and 2006, but also advanced to Super Bowl XLI following the ‘06 season
  • Guided a pair of players to Pro Bowl honors while in Chicago — Olin Kreutz (2005 and 2006) and Ruben Brown (2006)
  • Helped Kreutz in 2006 become the first Bears’ offensive lineman to be named first-team All-Pro in 17 years
  • Coached the offensive line for eight years at the University of Illinois (1997-2004)
  • Held the title of assistant head coach for his final five seasons in Champaign (2000-04)
  • Tutored 12 All-Big Ten selections on the offensive line, and every senior starting offensive lineman in his first seven years with the Illini signed with an NFL team
  • Developed six offensive linemen into NFL Draft picks during his tenure at Illinois
  • Coached the offensive line for three years at the University of Missouri (1994-96)
  • Mentored four All-Big 12 selections on the Missouri offensive line in 1996
  • Spent five years coaching the offensive line at the University of Cincinnati (1989-93)
  • Held the title of run game coordinator and the duties of offensive coordinator in 1993
  • First coaching job at the FBS level was at Toledo with tight ends in 1988
  • Coached the tight ends at Ivy League champion Penn (10-0) in 1986
  • Served as a student assistant in 1982, assistant offensive line coach in 1983 and offensive line coach in 1984-85 at alma mater, East Stroudsburg


OT Mike McGlinchey (Notre Dame)

  • 2016 Associated Press Second Team All-American
  • 2016 Phil Steele Third Team All-American

OG Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame)

  • 2016 Associated Press Second Team All-American
  • 2016 Sports Illustrated Second Team All-American

OT Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame)

  • 2016 NFL Draft First Round pick (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 2015 Consensus All-American
  • 2015 Lombardi, Outland Semifinalist

C Nick Martin (Notre Dame)

  • 2016 NFL Draft Second Round pick (Houston Texans)
  • Phil Steele Third Team All-American
  • Sports Illustrated Honorable Mention All-American

OT Zack Martin (Notre Dame)

  • 2014 NFL Draft First Round pick (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Two-time NFL Pro Bowl selection
  • Two-time NFL All-Pro

OG Chris Watt (Notre Dame)

  • 2014 NFL Draft Third Round pick (San Diego Chargers)

OT Ja’Wuan James (Tennessee)

  • 2014 NFL Draft First Round pick (Miami Dolphins)

G Ruben Brown (Chicago Bears)

  • 2006 NFL Pro Bowl selection

C Olin Kreutz (Chicago Bears)

  • Two-time NFL Pro Bowl selection
  • 2006 NFL All-Pro
  • Four-time captain

RT Tony Pashos (Illinois)

  • Nine-year NFL veteran (2004-13) that started 82 of 104 career games played for five NFL teams

C Roberto Garza, Chicago Bears

  • Former captain of Chicago Bears
  • One of only 14 active NFL players in 2014 who had started at least 175 career games

LT David Diehl (Illinois)

  • 2003 NFL Draft Fifth Round pick (N.Y. Giants)
  • 2009 NFL Pro Bowl selection
  • Two-time NFL Super Bowl champion