Irish Illustrated and 247Sports have learned that Notre Dame has hired Lance Taylor as its next running backs coach. Following his interview on Saturday, the Fighting Irish extended an offer and Taylor quickly accepted.
The final two candidates were Taylor and Indiana running backs coach Mike Hart, but according to a source, Taylor was extremely impressive during the interview process and he separated himself as the guy to lead Notre Dame’s backfield.
Taylor, a 37-year old assistant, was named the 2015 FootballScoop.com Running Back Coach of the Year. He was instrumental in the growth of A.P. Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy finalist Christian McCaffrey as Stanford rushed for nearly 160 yards per game and amassed more than 100 yards in 11 of 13 games upon Taylor’s arrival.
Taylor was the assistant wide receivers coach with the Carolina Panthers, the assistant tight ends coach with the New York Jets, the wide receivers coach at Appalachian State and a graduate assistant at Alabama prior. A walk-on that eventually earned a scholarship, Taylor attended the University of Alabama and played in 24 games during his career with the Crimson Tide.
As a recruiter at Stanford, Taylor spanned the country including his home state of Alabama, California, south Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Taylor is credited for landing recruits such as four-star offensive tackle Clark Yarbrough, four-year defensive end Ryan Johnson, four-star quarterback Jack West, four-star running back Bryce Love, and three-star wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside among others.