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First ever Notre Dame softball head coach passes away at 79

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Brian Boulac, a former Notre Dame Football player and athletic administrator, passed away at the age of 79.

Boulac worked in Notre Dame Athletics for 40 before retiring in 2009.

He played the tight end position for the Notre Dame Football Team from 1959-62.

Boulac earned a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame in 1963 and his master’s degree in 1965.

He also coached football during his tenure with Notre Dame and became the first softball coach in Notre Dame’s history in 1989.

In a press release, University Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick made statement on Boulac’s passing: “In his many roles over the years, Brian taught us what it means to be Irish. His commitment to excellence on the field as a student-athlete and coach, his dedication to trailblazing the varsity softball program and his legacy of service to the athletics community at large will long be remembered, and he will be greatly missed.”

Boulac was an athletic administrator for a variety of sports throughout the years, including men’s and women’s track and field and cross country, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, softball, hockey, volleyball, baseball and men’s and women’s fencing.

In 2006, Boulac received the James E. Armstrong Award for distinguished service to the University.

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