Urban Meyer to speak at Irish Football Coaches Clinic

Former University of Florida head coach and Notre Dame assistant coach Urban Meyer will be the featured presenter at the 2011 Notre Dame Football Coaches Clinic.

In six seasons at Florida, Meyer led the Gators to two national championships, three SEC East crowns, and a 65-15 record. Florida won a school-record 22 consecutive games during his tenure ­the fourth-longest streak by an SEC team and the longest in 15 years ­ and re-established their dominance over traditional rivals Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State, going 16-2 against the trio.

Meyer worked under the tutelage of Lou Holtz and Bob Davie at Notre Dame (1996-2000). The 1999 season saw Meyer¹s receiving corps break the Irish single-season record for pass receptions with 192 and total receiving yards with 2,858. During 1998, Meyer coached split end Malcolm Johnson, who ended his career with 110 receptions, the 10th-most in school history.

In 1997, Meyer coached Johnson and fellow receiver Bobby Brown, as they became the first Irish pair of players to record 40 or more receptions individually in a season as Brown had 45 receptions and Johnson had 42. In addition, the Notre Dame receivers helped set a then single-season school record with 190 receptions.

Meyer coached a youthful Irish receiving corps in 1996 and helped integrate those players with veteran quarterback Ron Powlus to contribute to a Notre Dame offense that produced the third-highest figures for total offense and scoring in Irish history.

In addition to Meyer, each member of the Notre Dame coaching staff and a pair of head coaches from two of the top high school programs in Ohio and South Carolina will make presentations.

This year's clinic will be held on Notre Dame's campus March 24-26 and is open to all football coaches. Fans interested in receiving an advanced football course taught by the Irish coaching staff and some of the top high school coaches in the country are welcome to attend.

Mickey Wilson, head coach at Myrtle Beach High School in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Rick Finotti, head coach at Saint Edward High School in Cleveland, Ohio, will serve as guest speakers.

Chalk-talk sessions will provide attendees with an excellent opportunity to become familiar with various coaching techniques and a chance to know the coaches and other participants.

In addition to the various presentations, participants will get an exclusive look at the 2011 Fighting Irish football team as the squad practices twice during the clinic. Coaches¹ socials both Thursday and Friday evenings, a BBQ dinner on Friday and a tour of the Notre Dame Stadium locker room are all included. Local vendors and exhibitors will also be present during the weekend.

Spots are filling up fast and this year's attendance is expected to approach 1,000 participants. Reservations are currently being accepted. For more information or to download registration forms, check out NotreDameCoachesClinic.com or contact Chad Klunder in the Notre Dame football office at (574) 631-8643 or cklunder@nd.edu.


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