Over the last eight seasons, McDonnell has been with Notre Dame as their Director of Player Personnel. On Wednesday, Jenny Vrentas of the Newark-Star Ledger reported that McDonnell is leaving South Bend to land a job working for his family.
McDonnell will join the Giants staff in 2013 as a pro personnel scout, a role in which current Giants General Manager Jerry Reese had at one time. Reese eventually moved up to Director of Player Personnel in 2002 and got promoted in 2007 to general manager after then-GM Ernie Accorsi retired.
McDonnell was hired in 2005 by then Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis as a quality control coordinator and then got the director job in 2009 and remained in the role even when Brian Kelly took the reigns from Weis.
While with the Fighting Irish, McDonnell most recent accomplishments include coordinating the walk-on program and served as a liaison between the university and the NFL.
Now, McDonnell will work at the pro level and be a scout under Reese, as well as working for his uncle in the family business.
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