DelVaughn Alexander has officially been hired as the Notre Dame receivers coach, per a university release this afternoon. He replaces Mike Denbrock, who left to become the offensive coordinator at Cincinnati after spending the past seven seasons on Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly’s staff.
The 45-year-old Alexander is a Los Angeles native and he played football at USC from 1993-94, working as a backup behind first-round picks Johnnie Morton and Keyshawn Johnson. He has spent all of the past 21 years as an assistant coach on the college level.
His most recent stint was at Arizona State from 2012-16, where he worked with newly hired Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long the first four years. Alexander joined the Sun Devils when Todd Graham was hired as the head coach from Pittsburgh, and among his pupils were current New England Patriot Devin Lucien and the Houston Texans’ Jaelen Strong.
“I was looking for an experienced teacher, mentor, recruiter and developer of student-athletes,” Kelly said in a statement released by the school. “Del not only met the criteria, but he exceeded it. He also understands, respects and values the type of young men we want to bring to this university and football program.”
Alexander coached the wide receivers and oversaw the Sun Devils’ passing game from 2012-15 before moving to tight ends for the 2016 campaign.
“I’m excited to officially get on board, hit the road recruiting, and to find and develop the best student-athletes in the country,” Alexander said. “Notre Dame is a special place, and I’ve been able to the see the power of its brand on the recruiting trails across the country for the last 15-20 years. I’m honored and humbled to serve this university, this program and these remarkable young men.”
Prior to his work at Arizona State, Alexander has had stops at several locations while experiencing much success with many of the game’s top coaches:
• From 2007-11, he was at Wisconsin under Bret Bielema when the Badgers were 48-18, and went to the Rose Bowl in both 2010 and 2011.
• In 2005-06, Alexander worked as the running backs coach for Jim Harbaugh at San Diego, and the record both seasons for the Toreros was 11-1.
• In 2003-04, he worked at Oregon State, and among the Beavers’ victories in 2004 was a 38-21 decision versus Notre Dame in the Insight.com Bowl. He also held the title of recruiting coordinator.
• From 2000-02, he worked for his college head coach, John Robinson, at UNLV, instructing the receivers while also having the quarterbacks coach title in 2001.
Alexander had previously been at UNLV in 1998 as well before working one season with the NFL’s San Diego Chargers (1999). His career began as a graduate assistant at USC in 1996, under Robinson.
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