Michael Bertsch | January 25, 2017
Tom Rees, a 2013 Notre Dame graduate and three-year starting quarterback for the Fighting Irish, has returned to his alma mater as quarterbacks coach.
“When I finished my playing career and graduated from Notre Dame, I wanted to do two things,” said Rees. “First, I wanted to coach, and second, at some point in my career I hoped to get an opportunity to return and do it at my alma mater. I didn’t know when or if this opportunity might present itself, but I’m so grateful and honored that it did. I’m ready to get things rolling with this great staff and group of student-athletes.”
“I’m very excited to have Tom join our staff,” said Irish head coach Brian Kelly. “He possesses an understanding of the game, and most importantly the quarterback position, that’s unique. He’s a true student of the game and great communicator that will offer immediate dividends toward guiding our quarterback room.
“As a former quarterback at Notre Dame, Tom also has a rare ability to truly relate with the quarterbacks on our roster. He’s literally sat in their seat, dealt with the ups and downs, faced the criticism, deflected the praise, and all that comes with playing the position at Notre Dame. He can genuinely mentor them -- not only on the football field, but in the classroom and the community as well.”
Rees finished his Notre Dame career as one of the most prolific quarterbacks in school history. He ranks in the top five in school history in 21 different single-game, single-season or career passing categories. Rees went went 23-8 (.733) as the Irish starting quarterback over his career. His 23 victories as the starting signal caller are the seventh-most in school history. He threw for 7,670 career yards and 61 touchdowns. Only one quarterback has ever collected more touchdown passes than Rees, while just two have thrown for more yards.