Notre Dame Athletics | April 12, 2019
University of Notre Dame alumnus Bob Hinton, from Ada, Michigan, has made a $5 million gift to his alma mater to endow the football team's defensive coordinator position.
Hinton's gift will help to underwrite the salary of the coach, provide stability and resources for the long term and create funds for use within the department.
"Everyone who is part of the Notre Dame Football Family is honored to be associated with Bob Hinton through this remarkably generous gift," said Jack Swarbrick, vice president and James E. Rohr director of athletics. "The values Bob has embodied throughout his life -- excellence, integrity, faith, and family -- are the same ones that are at the heart of Notre Dame Athletics."
Hinton's gift marks the fourth Fighting Irish football endowed coaching position along with Brian Kelly, the Dick Corbett head coach; Chip Long, the John and Bobbie Arlotta Family offensive coordinator and Todd Lyght, the Pat and Jana Eilers Family defensive backs coach.
"Bob is a special person," said Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Brian Kelly. "He graduated from Notre Dame and used that experience to develop an incredibly successful business, primarily built upon the idea of family. It's this way of life that makes Bob's generous gift, while not the least bit surprising, still incredibly unselfish. He's always thought of others – and in this instance, Notre Dame – before himself."
Clark Lea, completing his second season with the Notre Dame staff and his first year leading the defense, is the first Bob Hinton Defensive Coordinator.
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