Jason Michelson | March 12, 2017
University of Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan will serve as featured guest speakers at the 2017 University of Notre Dame Football Coaches Clinic on March 23-25. Bill Polian, a 2015 National Football League Hall of Fame Inductee, was already announced as a guest speaker. Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly and his entire coaching staff will also give presentations at the clinic.
Fleck was named head coach at Minnesota in January after four years as the head coach at Western Michigan. Fleck was 30-22 overall and 21-11 in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). He authored one of the most memorable turnarounds in college football history. The Broncos were 1-11 in his first year in 2013, but ended the 2016 season with a No. 12 ranking, a 13-1 record, a conference championship and a berth in the Cotton Bowl.
Western Michigan was 12-0 in the 2016 regular season and registered victories against Big Ten foes Northwestern and Illinois. Fleck then led his team to a 29-23 win against Ohio in the MAC championship game before ending the season with a narrow defeat to Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl.
Patricia just completed his fifth season as the Patriots' defensive coordinator and his 13th year overall coaching in the NFL. This past season, New England ranked third in the league in rush defense (88.6/game), eighth in total defense (326.4/game) and led the NFL in fewest points allowed/game (15.6). He has helped the Patriots to three Super Bowl titles and two as a defensive coordinator, including a thrilling, 34-28, come-from-behind victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
Patricia originally joined the New England coaching staff in 2004. He spent five seasons as the Patriots' linebackers coach and one season coaching the safeties. New England has finished in the top-10 in fewest points allowed in 10 of his 11 seasons since he exclusively moved to the defensive side of the ball in 2006.