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Irish Football Coaches Clinic Set For April 11-13

Feb. 21, 2013


NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The 2013 University of Notre Dame Football Coaches Clinic is set for April 11-13. Guest speakers for this year’s clinic include former Nevada head coach Chris Ault, former Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Sam Wyche, and former Irish All-American offensive lineman and current Kansas City Chiefs offensive line coach Andy Heck. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and all of his assistant coaches will also give presentations.

Fans interested in receiving an advanced football course taught by the Irish coaching staff and some of the top high school coaches in the country are welcome to attend.

Chalk-talk sessions will provide attendees with an excellent opportunity to become familiar with various coaching techniques and a chance to know the coaches and other participants.

In addition to the various presentations, participants will get an exclusive look at the 2013 Fighting Irish football team as the squad practices twice during the clinic. Coaches’ socials both Thursday and Friday evenings, a hosted dinner on Friday and a tour of the Notre Dame Stadium locker room are all included. Local vendors and exhibitors will also be present during the weekend.

Registration is now available online at The clinic is $65 per coach or $50 per coach for groups of at least six coaches for those who pre-register. Walk-up registration is $80.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to Notre Dame director of football operations Chad Klunder at 574-631-7475 or

Chris Ault

  • Ault created the “Pistol Offense” in 2005, which is now used by multiple NFL teams including the San Francisco 49ers and his former Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
  • Ault’s career record stands at 233-109-1. He was the 54th coach in NCAA history to hit 200 wins and only the 30th coach to do it at the same school.
  • Ault is also the only coach in NCAA history to have his team lead the nation in both passing and rushing offense.
  • Ault was the first coach in the nation to lead a team to a bowl berth in its first year as an NCAA I-A program.

Sam Wyche

  • Wyche was considered one of the most innovative coaches in the NFL. He is considered the father of the no-huddle offense. Wyche’s inspiration was the key to one of the biggest turnarounds in NFL history when the Cincinnati Bengals made it to the Super Bowl in 1988.
  • Wyche has Super Bowl appearances as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
  • Wyche started his NFL coaching career under the legendary Bill Walsh and the San Francisco 49ers. He served as the quarterback coach and worked with NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana.
  • Wyche ended his NFL coaching career as the quarterback coach for the Buffalo Bills in 2005 after four years as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1992-95).

Andy Heck

  • Heck was a first team All-American and captained the 1988 Notre Dame national championship team.
  • The Seahawks drafted him in the first round of the 1989 draft. Heck was a five-year starter and a unanimous NFL All-Rookie selection in `89.
  • Heck was a five-year starter for the Chicago Bears and also played with the Washington Redskins.
  • In all, Heck played 12 seasons in the NFL.
  • Heck started his coaching career at the University of Virginia in 2001, but has spent the last eight years as the offensive line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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