UND Staff

Todd Lyght

Pat and Jana Eilers Family Defensive Backs Coach

phone 631-7475


Hometown: Flint, Michigan

High School: Luke M. Powers High School

College: Notre Dame (Psychology, 1991)

Wife: Stefanie

Children: Daughter – Luca; Son – Logan


1987-90 Notre Dame Cornerback

1991-94 Los Angeles Rams Cornerback

1995-2000 St. Louis Rams Cornerback

2001-02 Detroit Lions Cornerback


1987 Notre Dame (Cotton)

1988 Notre Dame (Fiesta)

1989 Notre Dame (Orange)

1990 Notre Dame (Orange)

1999 St. Louis Rams (Super Bowl XXXIV Champions)

2000 St. Louis Rams (NFL Playoffs)


2011 Oregon Defensive Secondary Intern

2012 Oregon Defensive Secondary Intern

2013 Philadelphia Eagles Assistant Defensive Backs

2014 Philadelphia Eagles Assistant Defensive Backs

2015 Vanderbilt Cornerbacks

2015-17 Notre Dame Defensive Backs


2011 Oregon (Rose)

2012 Oregon (Fiesta)

2013 Philadelphia Eagles (NFL Playoffs)

2015 Notre Dame (Fiesta)


  • Established the Todd W. Lyght Scholarship at the University of Notre Dame
  • Two-time consensus All-American for the Irish in 1989 and 1990
  • Only player in Notre Dame history who can claim the following accomplishments: starter on a collegiate national championship team, unanimous All-American, first-round NFL draft pick, starter on a Super Bowl winning team and NFL All-Pro selection
  • Fifth overall pick in the 1991 NFL Draft — highest-drafted defensive back in school history and, to this day, only 11 defensive backs in NFL Draft history have ever been chosen higher
  • Played 12 years in the National Football League for the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams (1991-2000) and Detroit Lions (2001-02)
  • Earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in 1999 and helped St. Louis capture Super Bowl XXXIV
  • Created a series of scholarships at Luke Powers Catholic School in Flint, Michigan, as well as St. Mary’s Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Born in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands


  • Third season as the Notre Dame defensive backs coach in 2017
  • Tutored freshmen Julian Love, Troy Pride Jr. and Donte Vaughn, who combined for 15 starts at cornerback in 2016
  • Over the previous 35 seasons (1981-2015), freshmen totaled just 22 starts at cornerback and 13 came from KeiVarae Russell in 2012
  • Love, who earned Freshman All-America status, finished the season with 45 tackles, including 32 solo stops, four passes defended, three break-ups, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery
  • Coached freshman safety Devin Studstill, who started nine of the 12 games he played, and junior Drue Tranquill
  • The freshmen trio of Love, Vaughn and Studstill all registered at least one interception in 2016
  • Tranquill finished second on the Irish with 79 tackles, including 52 solo stops
  • Coached cornerback KeiVarae Russell, who was drafted in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs
  • Russell led all Irish cornerbacks with 60 tackles, three and a half tackles for loss and two forced fumbles despite missing two games to injury in 2015
  • Returned to his alma mater following a brief stint as the cornerbacks coach at Vanderbilt University
  • Spent two seasons as a defensive backs assistant coach with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (2013-14)
  • Part of a defensive coaching staff that helped Philadelphia rank tied for sixth in the NFL with 28 takeaways in 2014, trailing Houston (34), Dallas (31), Buffalo (30), Cleveland (29) and San Francisco (29)
  • Guided an Eagles secondary that registered 12 interceptions, returning a pair for touchdowns, in 2014
  • Aided a defensive unit that helped Philadelphia rank tied for third in the NFL with 31 takeaways in 2013
  • Mentored Eagles’ cornerback Brandon Boykin, who tied for second in the league with a career-best six interceptions in 2013
  • Part of a defensive coaching staff that helped Philadelphia force 59 combined turnovers over his two seasons on staff, which tied for the second-highest total in the NFL in that period
  • Served as an assistant under current Eagles head coach Chip Kelly at the University of Oregon for two years (2011-12)
  • Helped the Ducks capture Rose Bowl and Pacific-12 Conference championships in 2011 and a Fiesta Bowl title in 2012
  • Began coaching career as an assistant at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, and helped the school to back-to-back Nevada state championships in 2009 and 2010


S Drue Tranquill (Notre Dame)

  • 2016 Notre Dame Rockne Student-Athlete of the Year
  • 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List
  • 2016 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America
  • 2016 Danny Wuerffel Trophy semifinalist

CB Julian Love (Notre Dame)

  • 2016 247 Sports Freshman All-American

CB KeiVarae Russell (Notre Dame)

  • 2016 NFL Draft Third Round pick (Kansas City Chiefs)

S Nate Allen (Philadelphia Eagles)

  • In 2014 ranked tied for eight in the NFL and tied for fifth in the NFC with four interceptions

CB Brandon Boykin (Philadelphia Eagles)

  • In 2013 ranked tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions and third in interception return yards with 136
  • In 2013 registered 17 passes defended and two forced fumbles

DB Eddie Pleasant (Oregon)

  • First-team All-Pac 12 in 2011
  • In 2011 registered three interceptions, eight pass breakups and 11 passes defended

DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (Oregon)

  • First-team All-Pac 12 in 2012
  • In 2012 registered four interceptions, 16 pass breakups and 20 passes defended