Vanderbilt has hired Notre Dame defensive coordinator Clark Lea as its new head football coach, the school announced Monday night.

Lea, a Nashville native who finished his college career as a fullback at Vanderbilt, is expected to be introduced next week. He will continue working with No. 2 Notre Dame, which faces No. 3 Clemson on Saturday in the ACC championship game. Lea has served as Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator the past three seasons, overseeing one of the nation’s top defenses.

Lea, 38, replaces Derek Mason, who was fired last month after going 27-55 in six seasons. Lea coached linebackers at South Dakota StateUCLABowling GreenSyracuse and Wake Forest before landing his first coordinator post at Notre Dame.

“I’m excited to come back to Vanderbilt to lead a program, at an institution and in a city, that gave me so much and shaped who I am today,” Lea said in a statement. “Vanderbilt is a special place with a competitive drive that I believe can translate into winning.”

Vanderbilt on Monday canceled this week’s game against Georgia because of COVID-19-related roster availability issues, ending its season at 0-9.