Michael Bertsch | December 21, 2016
Mike Elko, widely considered one of college football's brightest defensive minds, has been named defensive coordinator for the University of Notre Dame.
"Mike has consistently coordinated defenses that keep the points down, negate big plays, create negative plays, excel in the red zone and, quite simply, force opposing offenses to execute at an extremely high level to move the football," said head coach Brian Kelly. "This rare combination of consistent success in those facets of defense, along with a proven ability to develop talent and fit it into his system, really places Mike in a class by himself among defensive coordinators across the country.
"As importantly, Mike's commitment to helping young men reach their full potential in the classroom and in the community make him a perfect fit for Notre Dame."
"I'm excited to join a program with the prestige of Notre Dame that can recruit the nation's highest caliber of student-athlete and compete for a national championship," said Elko. "We hope to dictate the pace of the game with an attacking and aggressive style of defense, mix physicality and toughness with exceptional fundamentals and, lastly, play with great effort at all times. I can't wait to dive in and help these players achieve the standard of success necessary to win at the highest level.
"It was extremely hard to walk away from everything we built at Wake Forest, especially with those players, and I'm so appreciative of everything that Dave (Clawson) and Ron (Wellman) did for me and my family."