Marcus Freeman steps off the field to talk business at the 2022 South Bend Regional Salute to Business
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame football Head Coach Marcus Freeman spoke to a sold out crowd Tuesday at the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce's Salute to Business event.
Freeman talked about his role as head coach and how his experience is actually similar to the lessons of local businesses.
Freeman told the 1,000 plus attendees what his original goals in life were.
"I wanted to be a firefighter because I loved team," Coach Freeman said.
Eventually the job title changed but the aspirations remained.
"I never said, 'Hey I want to be a defensive coordinator at Notre Dame,' but when that challenge was presented I said, 'let’s go!' And then you work as hard as you can to be the best defensive coordinator and I knew at some point I wanted the challenge of being the head coach," Freeman said.
Now that the challenge has arrived Freeman feels that he has a duty to assist his players on and off the field while keeping the singular focus.
"Did I know it was going to be Notre Dame? No, but what a great opportunity. And what’s the challenges left? The challenges left is being a national champion as a head coach and all those different things," said Freeman.