Notre Dame determined to remain in-house for his or her subsequent head coach. Freeman would be the group’s fourth head coach since 2002 following within the footsteps of Kelly, Charlie Weis and Tyrone Willingham.
“It’s an honor to be named the top coach of Notre Dame Soccer,” Freeman mentioned in a information launch. “I’m eternally grateful to each Father John Jenkins and Jack Swarbrick for giving me the chance to guide the distinctive males who make this program what it’s. Notre Dame is a really particular place and I sit up for pursuing a nationwide championship with essentially the most excellent student-athletes, coaches and workers in faculty soccer.”
Notre Dame launched a video on Twitter exhibiting gamers showing to rally round their new coach.
“Marcus’ means to attach with individuals, his match at Notre Dame and the way in which he coaches younger males set him aside as we went via our search course of,” athletics director Jack Swarbrick mentioned. “I can’t wait to see how the tradition created by these outstanding student-athletes continues to develop below the tutelage of Marcus and his workers.”
Freeman had a quick NFL expertise after taking part in faculty soccer at Ohio State.
He joined the Notre Dame workers earlier than the beginning of the 2021 season. He was beforehand the defensive coordinator at Cincinnati from 2017 to 2020 and was Purdue’s linebackers coach and defensive coordinator from 203 to 2016.
Freeman might probably coach the Combating Irish within the School Soccer Playoff. Whereas Notre Dame received’t be taking part in for a convention title, a number of losses for groups forward of them might catapult them into the High 4 by Sunday afternoon.