Most college football locker rooms are organized by position, such as all linemen are located in one corner, skill positions are in another and defensive players scattered throughout the room. You won’t see that alignment inside Notre Dame’s locker room, as coach Brian Kelly wanted to create a close-knit group, so he eliminated position division. And you can’t argue with success as the Fighting Irish are ranked No. 19 in the country and off to a 5-1 start to their season.
“I just felt like we were not as connected outside of our position groups,” Kelly said to Indianapolis Star writer Laken Litman, “It grew from there and we had other great leaders that needed to be with other players.”
The reorganization began by identifying which players had the personality to become effective locker room voices. Kelly felt it began and ended with his offensive line. He thought this unit had the most dynamic amount of team leaders on the roster, but their lockers were next to one another, so they rarely affected other teammates outside of their locker room bubble. Now, you see them locker next to a wide receiver, a running back or a linebacker and ever a defensive back this season.
“I thought long and hard about the personalities that I wanted in different areas of the locker room,” Kelly said.
Creating an atmosphere of cohesiveness began in the locker room and soon worked it way into the weight room, as Notre Dame strength coach Matt Balis changed workout groups each day. Quickly, camaraderie was develop with different positional players pulling for one another during their workouts.
Suddenly, Kelly saw a football team coming together as one, and they have never looked back.
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