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Notre Dame to Bring Back Harry Hiestand as Offensive Line Coach, Per Reports

The 63-year-old helped develop four NFL first-round picks during his first stint with the Irish from 2012-17.

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Harry Hiestand will return to Notre Dame as offensive line coach, according to The Athletic’s Matt Fortuna.

Hiestand previously coached the Irish offensive line from 2012-17, which was highlighted by his unit winning the Joe Moore Award in 2017. The now 63-year-old coach notably helped develop four first-round picks: Quenton Nelson (Colts, No. 6 in 2018), Mike McGlinchey (49ers, No. 9 in 2018), Zack Martin (Cowboys, No. 16 in 2014), Roonie Stanley (Ravens, No. 6 in 2016).

After his run at Notre Dame, Hiestand coached offensive line for a second time for the Chicago Bears (2005-09, 2018-19).

Hiestand will take over for Jeff Quinn, who was not retained by new Irish head coach Marcus Freeman. Blake Fisher and Joe Alt will return as Notre Dame’s starting tackles next fall, and Jarrett Patterson could return for a fifth year at center. Andrew Kristofic and Rocco Spindler could each slot in at guard, and tackle/guard Josh Lugg has yet to make his decision on whether he’ll return for a sixth year.

Freeman has two more staff openings to fill: defensive coordinator and wide receivers. Del Alexander (wide receivers) was not retained, and the defensive coordinator position is open after Freeman’s promotion to head coach.

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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