Hiestand leaving Notre Dame to join Chicago Bears

Harry Hiestand // WSBT 22

For the 2nd time in little more than a week, Brian Kelly has a big void to fill on his coaching staff.

According to the Chicago Tribune, offensive line coach Harry Hiestand has agreed to join the Chicago bears, as part of new head coach Matt Nagy's staff.

For Hiestand, its a return to Chicago, where he worked from 2005-09 on Lovie Smith's staff. He coached the offensive line the last time the Bears played in a Super Bowl (06).

Hiestand's impact since joining Notre Dame's staff in 2012 cannot be overstated. The Irish won the Joe Moore Award last month for the premier offensive front in college football.

And putting lineman in the NFL has been an almost annual occurrence for Hiestand. Zack Martin and Ronnie Stanley were both first round NFL picks. Nick Martin was a 2nd round pick and Chris Watt a 3rd rounder. Mike McGlinchey and Quentin Nelson are both projected first round picks in the upcoming NFL draft.

Hiestand's departure leaves Notre Dame with two vacancies on the coaching staff. Last week, defensive coordinator Mike Elko jettisoned for Texas A&M. Linebackers coach Clark Lea was named the new defensive coordinator, but the Irish are still in need of a safeties coach.

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