Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says Kerry Cooks will serve as defensive coordinator for the Fighting Irish through the Pinstripe Bowl after Bob Diaco was named head coach at UConn.
Cooks served as co-defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach the past two seasons. He has been on the staff at Notre Dame since Kelly arrived in 2010, starting as outside linebackers coach. He played with Diaco at Iowa and played in the NFL for Minnesota, Green Bay, Atlanta and Jacksonville.
Kelly previously announced that receivers coach Mike Denbrock would serve as offensive coordinator through the bowl game after Chuck Martin was named head coach at Miami of Ohio. Denbrock was passing game coordinator the past two seasons. He spent time as offensive and defensive coordinator under Kelly at Grand Valley State.