Feb. 20, 2014

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley and longtime NFL assistant coaches Dante Scarnecchia and Dan Radakovich headline the guest speakers for the 2014 University of Notre Dame Football Coaches Clinic. Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly and all of his assistant coaches will also give presentations at the clinic, which is scheduled for March 20-22.

Coaches and participants interested in receiving an advanced football course taught by the Irish coaching staff, featuring guest speakers 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 2014 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. Vendors and exhibitors from around the country will also showcase football-related products.

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

Any questions or concerns can be directed to Notre Dame associate athletics director (football operations) Chad Klunder at 574-631-8643 or cklunder@nd.edu.

Gus Bradley

  • Bradley recently completed his first season as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has 24 years of coaching experience including eight seasons in the National Football League.
  • Bradley spent four seasons (2009-12) with the Seattle Seahawks as defensive coordinator and played an important role in the club advancing to the postseason twice. The Seahawks advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs in 2012.
  • In 2011 and 2012 under Bradley, the Seahawks ranked sixth in the NFL in total defense (319.2 yards/game), third in points/game (17.5), fifth in takeaways (62), first in opponents’ passer rating (73.2) and fifth in interceptions (40).
  • Bradley spent three years (2006-08) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, serving the last two as linebackers coach after joining the Bucs in 2006 as their defensive quality control coach.
  • Bradley spent 10 seasons (1996-2005) as an assistant coach at his alma mater, North Dakota State, including six as the assistant head coach (2000-05). He also served as defensive coordinator for the Bison from 1997- 2002, and again in 2005.
  • Bradley was the head coach at Fort Lewis College for four months (December 1995 – March 1996) and was defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Fort Lewis for four seasons (1992-1995). Prior to Fort Lewis, he was a graduate assistant coach at NDSU for two seasons (1990-1991).

Dante Scarnecchia

  • Scarnecchia recently retired after 44 years of coaching, including 32 in the National Football League. He holds the longest coaching tenure in New England Patriots history (30 years) and was the longest-tenured NFL coach at the time of his retirement.
  • Scarnecchia is the only coach in New England history to be a member of all seven Super Bowl teams. He was on the Patriots coaching staff during 18 of the franchise’s 21 playoff seasons. Scarnecchia has coached in 38 of the 42 playoff games in team history.
  • Scarnecchia’s primary responsibility for the last 15 years with the Patriots was offensive line, a position he coached for 28 of his 44 seasons in the profession.
  • In 2007, Scarnecchia was named SI.com’s NFL Assistant Coach of the Year.
  • Scarnecchia originally joined the Patriots and made his NFL coaching debut in 1982. He coached the tight ends and special teams for the Patriots for seven seasons (1982-88) before moving on to the Indianapolis Colts in 1989. He rejoined the Patriots in 1991 after spending two seasons (1989-90) as the Colts’ offensive line coach. From 1991 to 1992, he coached the tight ends and special teams.
  • Scarnecchia’s coaching career began in 1970 as the offensive line coach at California Western. He moved to Iowa State in 1973, where he served as the assistant offensive line and assistant defensive backfield coach. He spent the 1975 and 1976 campaigns at SMU, before becoming the University of Pacific’s offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator from 1977 through 1978. In 1979, Scarnecchia coached at Northern Arizona and then accepted an opportunity to return to SMU as the offensive line coach in 1980 and 1981.

Dan Radakovich

  • Radakovich retired from coaching in 2008 after 48 years overall in the profession.
  • Radakovich started his coaching career with Penn State from 1957 to 1969. Known as the true patriarch of “Linebacker U” with the Nittany Lions, Radakovich served as an assistant collegiate coach for 30 years, including stops at Cincinnati (1970), Colorado (1972-73), North Carolina State (1982) and Robert Morris (1994, 1996-2007).
  • In the professional ranks, Radakovich spent 18 years in the National Football League. He spent the 1971 season as the defensive line coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers – tutoring Joe Greene, L.C. Greenwood and Dwight White. The group (with the addition of Ernie Holmes in 1972) was famously labeled the “Steel Curtain.”
  • Radakovich then returned to the Steelers to coach the offensive line from 1974-77, where he won a pair of Super Bowl championships.
  • Radakovich also served as an NFL assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers (1978), Los Angeles Rams (1979-81), Denver Broncos (1983), Minnesota Vikings (1984), New York Jets (1985-88), Cleveland Browns (1989-90) and St. Louis Rams (1995).
  • Radakovich spent one year with the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football (1997).

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