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Football: ND hires Alford as new coach

Joe Meixell | Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Irish head coach Charlie Weis announced Monday that Notre Dame has hired Tony Alford as running backs coach.

Alford has coached running backs for 14 years, most recently at Louisville. He also spent time at Iowa State, Washington, Kent State and Mount Union.

Under Alford, Louisville averaged 164.5 yards rushing per game and scored 18 rushing touchdowns.

The new coach was a running back at Colorado State from 1987-90, and was named an honorable mention selection on USA Today’s All-American team in 1989.

Alford replaces Mike Haywood, who accepted the head coaching job at Miami (Ohio) after spending four seasons with the Irish.