Three new Irish assistants excited to be at Notre Dame

Tony Alford, Randy Hart and Frank Verducci are all settled in as assistant coaches on the Notre Dame football team.

But Friday was still a fun day for them as the trio spoke at Media Day about entering their first season on the Irish coaching staff.

Tony Alford is Notre Dame's new running backs coach. He comes to ND from Louisville. Alford replaces Mike Haywood, who is the new head coach at Miami of Ohio.

"Can I play?" Alford asked with a big laugh. "I'm very excited and thrilled to be here."

"Every day I pinch myself because this is a great place. Finally this day has come and let's get ready to go."

Alford is the new RB coach, but Frank Verducci is the new run game coordinator. Verducci will also coach the offensive line.

"I'm just excited to work with this group of kids and the coaching staff we have here," Verducci explained.

"If you are not excited on the very first day, then there are probably some issues there," he said with a smile.

Verducci comes to the Irish after almost a decade coaching in the NFL. He is entering his 28th year as a coach.

But he has nothing on new defensive line coach Randy Hart when it comes to experience.

The energetic Hart is entering his 40th year as a coach and comes to Notre Dame after 20 seasons at Washington.

"I'm excited, I can guarantee you that," Hart said. "The transition has been tremendous. It's been everything I though it would be and more."

"I'm very proud to jump in and get things going."

The first practice for the Irish is Saturday with Notre Dame's season opener September 5th at the Stadium against Nevada.

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