Mike Elston is officially back in the maize and blue.

Monday afternoon, the Michigan football program announced it has officially hired the former Wolverine to be the next defensive line coach for the team. He replaces Shaun Nua, who left Ann Arbor to join Lincoln Riley’s staff at USC.

Elston comes to Michigan from Notre Dame, where he spent the last 12 seasons. He played linebacker for the Wolverines from 1993-96 before he went into coaching.

“I am excited to welcome Mike Elston to an already incredibly talented staff here at the University of Michigan,” said head coach Jim Harbaugh. “I’ve followed Mike’s work at Notre Dame for a while and have admired his ability to not only recruit great student-athletes, but also his proven track record in developing players for the NFL. Mike is a Michigan man so he will be able to hit the ground running. Help me welcome Mike and his wife, Beth, and their three daughters, Olivia, Sophia and Isabella back home to Michigan.”

“My family and I are beyond excited to return to the University of Michigan,” said Elston. “I would like to thank Coach Harbaugh and Warde Manuel for this incredible opportunity to join the athletic department and university community. I can’t get to campus fast enough to begin building relationships with the players, coaches, and staff within the football program.”

Immediately after his playing career, Elston spent 4 seasons at Michigan on staff, primarily as a student and graduate assistant. He’s also had pit stops at Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Cincinnati before landing the gig at Notre Dame.