Brian Polian
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Brian Polian
Brian Polian
Polian at 2016 Mountain West Media Day
Current position
TitleSpecial teams coordinator
TeamNotre Dame
Annual salary$119,959.67 (2017: Nevada)[1]
Biographical details
Born (1974-12-22) December 22, 1974 (age 44)
The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materJohn Carroll University
Baylor University
Playing career
1993-1996John Carroll
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1997Michigan State (GA)
1998Buffalo (TE/AOL)
1999-2000Baylor (GA)
2001-2003Buffalo (RB/ST)
2004UCF (RB/RC)
2005Notre Dame (ST/ADB)
2006Notre Dame (ST/LBA)
2007Notre Dame (ST/ILB)
2008-2009Notre Dame (ST)
2010Stanford (ST/S)
2011Stanford (ST/S/RC)
2012Texas A&M (ST/TE)
2017-presentNotre Dame (ST)
Head coaching record

Brian Stewart Polian (born December 22, 1974) is an American college football coach and former player. He is the special teams coordinator for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team. He is the former head coach of the Nevada Wolf Pack football team. He is the son of former National Football League (NFL) executive Bill Polian.

Early life

Born in The Bronx, Polian graduated from Saint Francis High School in Athol Springs, New York, near Buffalo, in 1993.[2] He attended John Carroll University near Cleveland, where he played on the football team as a linebacker from 1993 to 1996. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in history in 1997.[3]

Coaching career

Early coaching career

Polian began his coaching career in 1997 as a graduate assistant at Michigan State. In 1998, he was the tight ends and offensive line assistant at the University at Buffalo. In 1999 and 2000, Polian was a defensive graduate assistant at Baylor under Kevin Steele. Polian graduated from Baylor with a master's degree in 2000.[3]

Polian returned to Buffalo in 2001 as running backs coach and special teams coordinator, serving until 2003 all under coach Jim Hofher.[3] In 2004, he was assistant coach at the same positions at UCF under George O'Leary. From 2005 to 2009, Polian was special teams coordinator at Notre Dame under Charlie Weis. He also served as defensive backs coach in 2005, linebackers coach in 2006, and inside linebackers coach in 2007.[3] Notre Dame made three bowl appearances during Polian's tenure, including a win in the 2008 Hawaii Bowl.

He then was special teams coordinator and safeties coach at Stanford from 2010 to 2011 and was also recruiting coordinator in 2011.[3] Part of Jim Harbaugh's staff in 2010, Polian remained at Stanford under succeeding coach David Shaw. Stanford won the 2011 Orange Bowl after the 2010 season. In 2012, Polian was special teams coordinator and tight ends coach under Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M, which won the 2013 Cotton Bowl Classic that season.[3]


On January 11, 2013, the University of Nevada, Reno hired Polian as football head coach.[3]

On November 27, 2016, the University of Nevada, Reno and Polian agreed to part ways.

Notre Dame

On December 16, 2016, Polian was hired to return to Notre Dame once again as special teams coordinator, this time under Brian Kelly.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Nevada Wolf Pack (Mountain West Conference) (2013-2016)
2013 Nevada 4-8 3-5 5th (West)
2014 Nevada 7-6 4-4 3rd (West) L New Orleans
2015 Nevada 7-6 4-4 T-2nd (West) W Arizona
2016 Nevada 5-7 3-5 T-3rd (West)
Nevada: 23-27 14-18
Total: 23-27

Coaching tree

Head coach under whom Brian Polian has played under:

Head coaches under whom Brian Polian has served:

Assistants under Brian Polian who became NCAA head coaches:


  1. ^ "Multiple records for Brian S. Polian". Transparent Nevada. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ Schlabach, Mark (June 11, 2014). "Nevada has a new face at head coach". ESPN. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Brian Polian". Nevada Wolf Pack. Retrieved 2014.

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