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Football: Powlus returns to program

Mike Gilloon | Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Eight years after leaving Notre Dame, Ron Powlus is back.

The former Irish quarterback was hired Tuesday as the director of personnel development for the football program, according to the University athletic Web site. Notre Dame also announced Tuesday that current graduate assistant football coach Chad Klunder has been hired as the director of football operations.

UND.com says Powlus’ duties will focus on managing Irish recruiting efforts.

A 1997 graduate of Notre Dame with a degree in marketing, Powlus most recently worked in the mortgage and home loan business.

He served as a wholesale account executive for First Horizon Home Loans as well as a loan consultant for Washington Mutual Home Loans/American Home Mortgage.

A four-year starter for the Irish from 1994-1997, Powlus holds 20 Notre Dame career records including touchdown passes (52), passing yards (7,602), pass attempts (969) and pass completions (558).

As the 1992 Parade national high school player of the year coming out of Berwick (Pa.) High School, Powlus was named the starting quarterback as a true freshman in 1993.

But a broken collarbone suffered in preseason drills sidelined him for the year.

Powlus started 46 games in a career highlighted by an Orange Bowl appearance and 9-2 record in 1996.

According to the UND.com, Klunder “will coordinate a variety of administrative and operational details with Weis, including assisting with team travel, day-to-day scheduling for the squad, budgets and special events such as coaches clinics.”

Klunder worked as a graduate assistant coach with the Irish offense the past two seasons.

He is a 1995 graduate of Wartburg College with a degree in sports management.