Charles Fant could not believe his luck.
Fant will head into his sixth season as head football coach at Notre Dame was looking for an offensive line coach so he posted the opening on TSSAA.com and a national website footballscoop.com.
One resume that immediately got his attention was former NFL and Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski.
The admiration was on both sides after Jagodzinski visited with Fant and toured the Notre Dame campus as Jagodzinski has been hired by Notre Dame as assistant head coach and offensive line coach.
“Adding a coach the caliber of Coach Jagodzinski is huge for our program,” Fant said. “Not only are you getting a great coach but his experience in the NFL and college is second to none are we all can learn a lot from him and his addition will only make our program better.”
Jagodzinski has extensive college and NFL experience as he started his coaching career at his Alma mater Wisconsin Whitewater in 1985 with assistant college stops at Northern Illinois (1986), LSU (1987-88), East Carolina (1989-1996), Boston College (1997-98) and Georgia State (2011-16).
Jagodzinski became the head coach at Boston College in 2007 and led the Eagles to a 20-8 overall record and BC won the Atlantic Division of the ACC both years as head coach.
The Eagles beat Michigan State in the 2007 Champs Sports Bowl and lost to Vanderbilt in the 2008 Music City Bowl, after he interviewed with the New York Jets for their head coaching job, he was fired at Boston College.
He also has nine years coaching experience in the NFL as he coached at Green Bay (1999-2003, 2006), Atlanta (2004-05) and was the offensive coordinator in Tampa Bay (2009) and was the head coach for the Omaha Nighthawks in the now defunct United Football League in 2010.
Knoxville Catholic WR Blakely commits to Red Hawks
Knoxville Catholic rising senior Cam Blakely became the eighth commitment to the Miami (Ohio) football program over the weekend.
Blakely (6-5, 195) chose the Red Hawks over offers from Austin Peay, Chattanooga and Western Carolina.
As a junior in 2016, Blakely caught 21 passes for 331 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Fighting Irish.
“Cam is an extremely hard worker, with a huge upside. He is just now scratching the surface on his abilities. We had over 60 college coaches come to watch our spring practices, and everyone was buzzing about Cam’s size and his athletic ability. The Coaches at Miami of Ohio made a great impression on him, and he decided to commit,” Catholic head coach Steve Matthews said.
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