Ex-ISU asst. Alford staying on at ND

Former Iowa State assistant football coach Tony Alford is keeping his job at Notre Dame.

He is the only Fighting Irish assistant being retained by new coach Brian Kelly. Kelly and Alford became acquaintances when Kelly was at Cincinnati and Alford, who coached at ISU from 1997-2000 and 2002-06, was at Louisville.

“He is a tremendous teacher and a great recruiter and I’m thrilled to keep him on the coaching staff,” Kelly said in a statement. “He has consistently developed his players at every school he has coached and his passion for the game is infectious.”

Alford, 41, coached three 1,000-yard rushers at ISU in Darren Davis, Ennis Haywood and Stevie Hicks, running backs who also happen to be three of the top six career rushing leaders at the school.

Four of the 10 best single-game rushing totals in Cyclone history occurred during Alford’s tenure.

Congratulations to him. Good guy, good family, good coach.


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