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Peloquin holds recruiting class together

While they aren’t likely to make a movie about the student manager thrust into the role of recruiting coordinator, Dave Peloquin’s ascent at Notre Dame has been pretty amazing.

From a junior student manager under coach Bob Davie, to an internship under coach Tyrone Willingham, to a permanent staff position under Charlie Weis, Peloquin’s ascent to recruiting coordinator under Brian Kelly, and integral part of Notre Dame’s transition efforts, is a quick climb for the 28-year-old.

Tim Prister over at Irish Illustrated was able to get an interview with Peloquin, and it’s quite a good read. Here are a few snippets:

On selling himself all over again, this time to Brian Kelly:

I think it was my experiences here, knowing Notre Dame, the ins and outs of what Notre Dame is about, and how to get stuff done. Who do you use, how to sell it, the counterpoints that other people use against us and how to counter that before it even comes up.And then just being around it for a while was helpful because I could at least point Coach Kelly in the right direction, like, initially, here’s who you need to talk to on campus as well as our prospects.

So any time a new head coach comes in, it’s a whirlwind as to who they’re meeting while trying to put the staff together, which is priority No. 1, and then trying to keep your recruits. I think the circumstances helped my cause, but then I think my experiences of being around Charlie helped. It was a little different with Coach Weis, but still, you’re trying to keep guys and still trying to sell and still trying to go after your marquee guys at the same time.

On the duties that come with being a recruiting coordinator:

The main thing is being organized and efficient in the day-to-day activities. It starts with making sure a transcript is in on a kid, making sure it’s evaluated properly, and making sure that our coaches have a tape.

We are such a national recruiter, (the assistant coaches) get spread thin. Their areas are so big, you have to stay on top of the guys they go after and make sure that the evaluation is done efficiently and on time. That’s my No. 1 goal: to make sure the office is prepared and ready so that when a coach asks about something, we’re prepared. It’s not just me; it’s a team thing.

On the relationship between the football office and the admissions department:

Before we ever got to the point of offering a scholarship, we knew exactly where they stood academically, where they needed to be with admissions...We had a great relationship with admissions, and I think that will continue on, which is a great situation for both sides. Coach Kelly has a great feel for what kind of student-athlete he wants to bring in here.So the transcripts and all that stuff, as an office, we need to make sure we’re organized, on time with stuff, and make sure our coaches know, ‘This kid is a really good prospect, but here’s what we know about him and here’s what we need to figure out.’ From there, we’ll say to an assistant, ‘Coach, you need to get in the school, get with the counselor, and make sure they have a game plan for him if he is indeed a prospect.’

The coaches are the ones who do the legwork on the road, going in and seeing the kids, the high school coaches and the counselors. But we need to be there so that any time they need assistance, you’re there for them.

On the potentially interim role of his recruiting coordinator title:

It’s all about the upcoming signing day. Once we get to signing day, I’m sure we’ll have discussions and talk amongst the staff. I’m sure it’s a bit of a trial run for me. I don’t know if he really has his mind made up as far as what he wants to do. I’m sure it’s a little different here than other places he’s been. But our conversations have been about getting to signing day and getting the best class we can possibly get.

It’s hard not to feel good for a guy like Peloquin, a recent graduate who obviously loves his alma mater and the football program, and put in the hours and years necessary to make a difference.

It’s a very interesting interview by Prister, and it’s definitely worth reading the entire thing.