UND Staff

Paul Longo

Director of Football Strength and Conditioning



Hometown: Sterling Heights, Mich.

High School: Adlai Stevenson High School

College: Wayne State (Physical Education, 1983)

Wife: Shannon

Children: Son- Anthony; Daughter- Natalie


1978-81 Wayne State Wide Receiver


1987 Wisconsin Assistant Strength Coach

1988-92 Iowa Assistant Football Strength Coach

1993-98 Iowa Head Football Strength Coach

1999-2003 Iowa Olympic Sports Strength Coach

2004-06 Central Michigan Head Strength Coach

2007-09 Cincinnati Director of Football Strength and Conditioning

2010-16 Notre Dame Director of Football Strength and Conditioning


1988 Iowa (Peach)

1991 Iowa (Rose)

1991 Iowa (Holiday)

1993 Iowa (Alamo)

1995 Iowa (Sun)

1996 Iowa (Alamo)

1997 Iowa (Sun)

2006 Central Michigan (Motor City)

2007 Cincinnati (International)

2007 Cincinnati (Papajohns.com)

2009 Cincinnati (Orange)

2010 Cincinnati (Sugar)

2010 Notre Dame (Sun)

2011 Notre Dame (Champs Sports)

2012 Notre Dame (BCS National Championship)

2013 Notre Dame (Pinstripe)

2014 Notre Dame (Music City)

2015 Notre Dame (Fiesta)


  • Veteran strength and conditioning coach with 29 years of experience at NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools
  • Trained championship-caliber teams in the Big Ten, BIG EAST, Mid-American Conference and Notre Dame (reached BCS title game in 2012)
  • Worked in a similar capacity for three years at the University of Cincinnati (2007-09)
  • Worked alongside Irish head coach Brian Kelly as his speed, strength and conditioning coach since Kelly’s first season at Central Michigan in 2004
  • Trained six Notre Dame players drafted in 2013, eight in 2014 and seven more in 2016
  • Instilled a grueling strength and conditioning program that has helped the Irish become one of the top closing teams in the nation
  • Helped the Irish secure a 43-5 record when leading after three quarters and 44-6 mark when entering halftime with a lead over six years at Notre Dame (Irish just 9-6 in games it led at halftime over the two years prior)
  • Helped Notre Dame post a 16-8 mark in the month of November over six years with the Irish (Notre Dame had lost eight of its last nine November games before arrival in 2010)
  • Helped Cincinnati record a 32-0 record when entering the fourth quarter with a lead and 29-2 when leading at halftime
  • Trained teams that have posted a 84-7 record when leading after three quarters and 80-9 when leading at halftime since 2005
  • Stops at Wisconsin (1987), Iowa (1988-98), Central Michigan (2004-06), Cincinnati (2007- 09) and Notre Dame have produced more than 130 NFL draft picks
  • Trained Tyler Eifert, Michael Floyd, Will Fuller, Zack Martin, Harrison Smith and Ronnie Stanley into first-round NFL Draft picks (2012-16)
  • Helped Notre Dame produce 10 players selected in the first 48 picks of the NFL Draft, and 26 overall, including 21 in the last four drafts
  • Conditioned eight Cincinnati players that were selected in 2008 and 2009 NFL Drafts combined, equal to the combined total of NFL draft picks from Cincinnati in the previous five drafts
  • Served as the head strength coach and helped develop five NFL draft selections at Central Michigan, including his prized pupil, Joe Staley – who entered Central Michigan in 2003 as a tight end, graduated as a left tackle and became the first Chippewa to be chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft
  • Helped Staley add 80 pounds over his Chippewa career as he grew into an offensive tackle
  • Served on the strength and conditioning staff at Iowa for 16 years (1988-2003), including 11 seasons primarily with football (1988-98)
  • Assistant strength coach for the football program for five years (1988-92) before being promoted to head strength coach 1993 — all under Hall of Fame Hawkeyes’ coach Hayden Fry
  • Played a critical role in helping Iowa reach seven bowl games including the 1991 Rose Bowl after Iowa claimed the Big Ten Conference championship in 1990
  • The 1991 Hawkeyes compiled a 10-1-1 record, finished second in the Big Ten with a 7-1 ledger and closed the season ranked 10th in the final polls
  • Began his career as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Wisconsin in 1987


  • Four-year starter at wide receiver at Wayne State
  • Set season and career receiving records, and twice named Most Valuable Player
  • 91 career receptions for 1,154 yards and paced the Warriors in receiving from 1978-80
  • Participated in training camps with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1982, Philadelphia Stars of the USFL in 1983 and Toronto Argonauts of the CFL in 1984


OT Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame)

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

LB Jaylon Smith (Notre Dame)

  • 2016 NFL Draft Second Round pick (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 2015 Consensus All-American
  • 2015 Butkus Award Recipient

WR Will Fuller (Notre Dame)

  • 2016 NFL Draft First Round pick (Houston Texans)
  • 2015 Second Team 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

LB Manti Te’o (Notre Dame)

  • 2013 NFL Draft Second Round pick (San Diego Chargers)
  • 2012 Walter Camp Player of the Year
  • 2012 Heisman Trophy runner-up
  • 2012 Butkus, Nagurski, Lombardi, Bednarik, Lott Maxwell Awards
  • 2012 Unanimous All-American

DL Stephon Tuitt (Notre Dame)

  • 2014 NFL Draft Second Round pick (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 2012 First Team All-American

TE Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame)

  • 2013 NFL Draft First Round pick (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • First TE selected in 2013 NFL Draft
  • 2012 Mackey Award Winner
  • 2012 First Team All-American
  • 2015 NFL Pro Bowl

WR Michael Floyd (Notre Dame)

  • 2012 NFL Draft First Round pick (Arizona Cardinals)

S Harrison Smith (Notre Dame)

  • 2012 NFL Draft First Round pick (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Two-time NFL All-Pro

DE Connor Barwin (Cincinnati)

  • 2009 NFL Draft Second Round pick (Houston Texans)
  • 2014 NFL Pro Bowl selection
  • 2014 NFL All-Pro

OT Joe Staley (Central Michigan)

  • 2007 NFL Draft First Round pick (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Four-time NFL All-Pro

OT Ross Verba (Iowa)

  • 1997 NFL Draft First Round pick (Green Bay Packers)