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Bob Elliot replaced as Safeties coach by Scott Booker


All Legend
15 Year Member
Might be a 2 for 1 deal ... retaining him as an analyst gives Diaco the seasoned perspective he's been looking for ... hopefully Booker is an excellent recruiter!


Scout Team
2 Year Member
has there been a more unstable position at NU that Secondary/CB/Safety coach, since Sanders left?
Definitely has been quite a bit of turnover at those coaching positions. The good news is that each time we have upgraded at those spots under Riley. Not sure many will contest that Diaco should be an upgrade over Banker (who coached safeties last year), and although Brian Stewart did a pretty decent job.. I'll take Donte Williams over him everyday of the week.


Scout Team
2 Year Member
Might be a 2 for 1 deal ... retaining him as an analyst gives Diaco the seasoned perspective he's been looking for ... hopefully Booker is an excellent recruiter!
What's funny is he really won't have to be. Donte Williams has quickly shown he is capable of bringing in top talent all by himself. :)

The Nth Degree

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10 Year Member


Staff member
15 Year Member
Here's the press release from the university:

Elliott to Move to Defensive Analyst Position; Booker Named Assistant Coach

Nebraska Head Football Coach Mike Riley announced today a change to the Husker coaching staff. Due to personal reasons that recently arose, Assistant Coach Bob Elliott will not be available to work on the field during the 2017 Nebraska football season and instead will serve as a defensive analyst in 2017. Scott Booker has been hired as the Husker safeties and special teams coach for the upcoming season.

“We are sorry to see Bob Elliott leave our full-time on-field staff,” Riley said. “Bob is a wonderful man and a great football coach and he has built a great rapport with our staff and the players in our program. We respect Bob’s decision and we are confident that he will continue to have a positive impact on our program.”

A 38-year veteran of the coaching profession, Elliott joined the Nebraska staff this winter and coached the Husker safeties.

Booker brings 10 years of full-time FBS coaching experience to the Nebraska program, including five seasons on the Notre Dame coaching staff. He most recently served as a special teams consultant with the Nebraska football program.

“It’s an unusual time to make a coaching hire,” Riley said. “But we are fortunate that Scott worked with our staff this past spring and brings great experience and energy to our program. We are confident that he will add to our program as a coach, teacher and recruiter.”

Booker is proud to be a part of the Nebraska coaching staff and eager to work with the Huskers’ special teams and safeties.

“The opportunity to be a part of a prestigious program at the University of Nebraska is something that few coaches have the chance to do in their career,” Booker said. “This is a special place with tremendous people and a great leader in Coach Riley. I couldn’t be more excited for the 2017 season and the chance to work with the young men in this program.”

Scott Booker—Assistant Coach

Scott Booker will serve as an assistant coach for Nebraska in 2017, working with the Husker safeties and special teams. Booker has 14 years of coaching experience at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, and served on the Notre Dame staff from 2010 to 2016.

Booker worked on the Fighting Irish staff as the tight ends and special teams coordinator from 2012 to 2016, after previously spending two seasons as an intern on the Notre Dame staff. During his time in South Bend, Notre Dame participated in six bowl games including the 2012 BCS National Championship Game and 2015 Fiesta Bowl.

The play of Booker’s position groups was a key factor in the Fighting Irish’s undefeated 2012 regular season. Tight end Tyler Eifert won the John Mackey Award that season and was a consensus first-team All-American. Eifert finished his Notre Dame career ranked first in Notre Dame history in both career receptions (140) and career receiving yards (1,840) by a tight end.

In addition to Eifert, Booker coached Irish tight ends Ben Koyack (2014) and Troy Niklas (2013), who each were Mackey Award semifinalists. All three tight ends were taken in the NFL Draft and were on active rosters in 2016. Eifert was a first-round selection of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013, and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2015.

Record-setting kicker Kyle Brindza was also a part of the Fighting Irish success. Brindza made a Notre Dame single-season record 23 field goals in 2012, and in his career he set Irish records for field goals (57), field-goal attempts (81) and 50-yard field goals (4). He also holds the top three single-season point totals by a kicker in Irish history.

In the 2015 and 2016 seasons, the Fighting Irish scored six touchdowns on special teams, including four in 2015, which was the most by a Notre Dame team since 2000. Freshman place-kicker Justin Yoon ranked sixth in the FBS in field-goal percentage (.882, 15-of-17) in 2015, the best of any freshman in the country. Freshman C.J. Sanders returned both a kickoff and punt for a touchdown in 2015, one of only seven players in the FBS ranks to accomplish that feat. The previous year in 2014, Notre Dame led the nation in blocked kicks.

Booker spent his first two seasons at Notre Dame as an offensive intern. In 2011, the Irish offense gained more than 500 yards in five games and scored better than 45 points three times.

Booker coached the secondary at Western Kentucky in 2009. He served as the defensive backs coach at Kent State, his alma mater, from 2005 to 2008. In that time, he developed a pair of NFL Draft picks in Jack Williams and Usama Young. Booker helped Kent State rank first or second in the MAC in pass efficiency defense, pass defense and interceptions in 2006.

Booker began his coaching career at Kent State as a graduate assistant in 2003 and 2004. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Golden Flashes from 1999 to 2002, and was named to the MAC all-academic team in 2001.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Booker earned his bachelor’s in business administration from Kent State in 2003, and his master’s in sport studies in 2006.

Booker Coaching Career
2003-04—Kent State, Graduate Assistant
2005-08—Kent State, Assistant Coach/Defensive Backs
2009—Western Kentucky, Assistant Coach/Secondary
2010-11—Notre Dame, Offensive Intern
2012-16—Notre Dame, Assistant Coach/Tight Ends and Special Teams Coordinator
2017—Nebraska, Assistant Coach/Safeties and Special Teams

Playing Experience
1999-2002—Kent State, Defensive Back

Education: Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Kent State, 2003; Master’s in Sports Studies, Kent State, 2006
Family: Wife, Jennifer; Daughter, Morgan (6)


Red Shirt
2 Year Member
Scott Booker ND bio:


Note the special teams development and TE production at ND and the secondary work at Kent St. Perhaps he will work with ST as well.
  • Four-year regular at safety and on special teams for Kent State from 1999-2002
  • Named to the MAC all-academic team in 2001


  • Enters his seventh season with Notre Dame and fifth year as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach
  • The Irish scored four touchdowns on special teams in 2015 -- the most by Notre Dame in a season since 2000
  • Justin Yoon ranked sixth in the FBS in field goal percentage (.882; 15 of 17) -- best of any freshman in the country
  • Yoon made each of his last 12 field goals in 2015, which ranks as the fourth-longest streak in school history
  • Tyler Newsome ranked 15th in the FBS with a 44.5-yard punting average -- best of any first-year player in the country
  • Newsome established a school record for punting average (minimum five punts) by averaging 52.4 yards on his five boots against UMass
  • C.J. Sanders joined Allen Rossum (1996) and Vontez Duff (2002) as the only Irish players to return both a punt and a kickoff for a TD in the same season
  • Sanders was one of seven FBS players with a kick and punt return for TD in 2015 – and the only freshman
  • Mentored Irish tight end Ben Koyack to another productive season in 2014
  • Koyack recorded 29 receptions for 305 yards and two TDs, and was named a semifinalist for the 2014 Mackey Award, which is given to the nation's top collegiate tight end
  • Tutored both Tyler Eifert (first round, 2013) and Troy Niklas (second round, 2014) -- each of whom were selected in the first two rounds of the National Football League draft
  • Coached record-setting Notre Dame place kicker Kyle Brindza
  • Guided Brindza over his career as he set Irish career records in field goals (57), 50-yard field goals (four) and field-goal attempts (81)
  • Brindza set Notre Dame single-season records, including field goals (23, 2012), 50-yard field goals (three, 2013), field-goal attempts (31, 2012) and scoring by a kicker (98, 2013)
  • Brindza holds the top three single-season point totals by Irish kickers
  • Brindza finished his career second in field goal percentage list (.704), second in scoring by a kicker (288) and third in overall scoring
  • Brindza is the only Notre Dame kicker ever to make a field goal of at least 51 yards in a true road game, accomplishing this feat twice (2012 at USC and 2013 at Air Force)
  • Brindza's 53-yard field goal versus Arizona State equaled the longest in school history (Dave Reeve vs. Pittsburgh, Sept. 11, 1976)
  • Brindza tied a school and NCAA bowl-game record with five field goals in the 29-16 victory over Rutgers in the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl
  • Brindza averaged 41.3 yards per punt (94 punts for 3,884 yards) over his career
  • Mentored Irish tight end Troy Niklas during his breakthrough 2013 campaign
  • Niklas registered 32 receptions for 498 yards (15.6 yards per catch) and his five TD receptions were the second-most ever by an Irish tight end in a single season
  • Niklas was a 2013 Mackey Award semifinalist
  • Coached Eifert in 2012 as the Irish tight end won the John Mackey Award, and also garnered second-team AP, Walter Camp, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and CBSSports.com All-America honors
  • Helped Eifert finish his career ranked first in Notre Dame history in both career receptions (140) and career receiving yards (1,840) by a tight end
  • Notre Dame registered a 38.6 net punting average in 2012 under his tutelage – the program's highest average since 1997.
  • Served as an Irish offensive intern in 2010-11
  • Assisted the Notre Dame offensive coaches in a variety of areas including film breakdowns, scouting reports, playbooks and other duties assigned by head coach Brian Kelly and his staff
  • Part of a 2011 offensive staff that helped the Irish register over 500 yards of offense in five games, equal to the combined number of 500-yard offensive games Notre Dame recorded from 2006-10
  • The 2011 Notre Dame offense scored 45 or more points in three separate games, the most by an Irish team since 1996
  • Coached the secondary at Western Kentucky in 2009
  • Served as the defensive backs coach at his alma mater, Kent State, from 2005-08
  • Developed a pair of NFL draft picks in Jack Williams (fourth round, 2008) and Usama Young (third round, 2007) during his tenure with the Golden Flashes
  • Helped Kent State rank first or second in the MAC in pass defense efficiency, pass defense and interceptions in 2006
  • Guided the Golden Flashes as they allowed only 190.5 passing yards per game, which ranked 24th in the FBS
  • Served as a graduate assistant at Kent State in 2004 and was a student assistant in 2003


K Justin Yoon (Notre Dame)

  • 2015 Sporting News Freshman All-American
  • 2015 ESPN.com Freshman All- American
  • 2015 247 Sports Freshman All- American
TE Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame)

  • 2013 NFL Draft First Round pick (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • First TE selected in 2013 NFL Draft
  • 2012 Mackey Award Winner
  • 2012 First Team All-American
  • 2015 NFL Pro Bowl
TE Ben Koyack (Notre Dame)

  • 2015 NFL Draft Seventh Round pick (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 2014 Mackey Award Semifinalist
TE Troy Niklas (Notre Dame)

  • 2014 NFL Draft Second Round pick (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 2013 Mackey Award Semifinalist
K/P Kyle Brindza (Notre Dame)

  • 2013 Notre Dame Special Teams Player of the Year
  • 2013 ESPN.com All-Bowl Team
  • 2013 CBSSports.com All-Bowl Team
  • 2013 NFL.com All-Bowl Team
S Usama Young (Kent State)

  • 2006 Second Team all-MAC
  • 2007 NFL Draft Third Round pick (New Orleans Saints)
CB Jack Williams (Kent State)

  • 2007 Second Team all-MAC
  • 2008 NFL Draft Fourth Round pick (Denver Broncos)


4th string JV
5 Year Member
Sorry, wasnt trying to derail the the thread although it may appear that way. So to comment on Scott Booker, he is obviously someone Diaco and Elliott know well from ND. He has been coaching on the offensive side for the last few years, maybe than has gave him greater football perspective after playing and then coaching in the defensive backfield. At any rate, excited to bring in another piece of the puzzle. Welcome to the family, Scott!