After 24 years with the Notre Dame football program, Sam Alvaro has resigned from his post with the Fighting Irish. Alvaro says he resigned so he can spend more time with his two daughters who are going into the 8th and 10th grade and play softball all-year round.
"They are just at that age where I don't want to miss any of that time," Alvaro said.
Alvaro spent 7 years as an assistant coach before becoming the head man in 2002. He was very thankful that Dr. Morrison, Notre Dame athletic director at the time, took a chance on him and promoted him to the head position without any head coaching experience.
"I want to thank all the kids that played for me and their parents for supporting me and giving me all the lit bit of athletic ability and heart they had," Alvaro said.
In his first season as head coach in 2002, the Irish finished with a winning 6-4 record for the first time since the 1980s. In his second season he led Notre Dame to a 9-1 record and notched the programs first playoff victory since that time. Aside from winning games and going to the playoffs, Alvaro said what he will remember most in the relationship he built with his players.
"On Monday when I went in and talked to them it was probably the hardest day of my life," Alvaro recalled, about when he told the team he resigned on Monday. "To me they are like my kids. The close knit I was with the kids, they knew it, their parents knew it: at any point in their life if they needed me, I'd be there."
Alvaro also coached baseball and basketball while at Notre Dame.
"Being a head coach, especially at Notre Dame, requires a lot more than just coaching: taking care of the field, cutting the grass, painting the field," Alvaro said. "If I decide to do it, it won't be a head coaching job."