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NC State hires Doeren as head football coach

Posted December 1, 2012

North Carolina State University wasted little time in filling their vacant head football coaching position as Dave Doeren was selected Saturday to lead the Wolfpack, less than a week after the position became available.

Doeren, who had a formal interview with NC State Saturday, previously served as the head football coach at Northern Illinois where he led the MAC’s top-ranked scoring unit and a school-record 12-win season in 2012. Doeren lead the No. 18 Huskies to a 44-38 double overtime win over Kent State Friday night in the MAC Championship game.

“Coach Dave Doeren is a highly motivated overachiever who shares our goals to pursue aggressively a high level of achievement in the classroom and on the field of competition,” stated athletic director Debbie Yow.

Doren becomes the 34th head coach in NC State history after Tom O’Brien was fired Sunday. O’Brien compiled a 40-35 record in six seasons in Raleigh, taking the Wolfpack to four bowl games in five years, including each of the last three.

“I am honored and excited to join the Wolfpack. NC State has world-class facilities and fans that are second to none,” Doeren said. “I want to thank Chancellor Woodson and Debbie Yow for this tremendous opportunity. My family and I can’t wait to get to Raleigh and become Wolfpackers. While I look forward to our future at State, I want to acknowledge and thank the Northern Illinois players and fans for their support the last two years, especially President Peters and Jeff Compher [athletic director].”

NC State will formally announce Doeren at a press conference on Sunday, fans can listen to the press conference live on 99.9FM The Fan ESPN Radio, watch it live on WRAL 2 or online at and WRAL 2 can be seen over-the-air on 5.2 and on Time Warner Cable, digital, channel 106.

Over two years at Northern Illinois Doeren’s offense scored 40 points or more 16 times in 27 games. This season alone, the program scored 40.8 points per game and is in the Top 15 nationally in 4th down conversions (2nd), rushing offense (9th), scoring offense (10th), 3rd down conversions (15th), and total offense (15th). Doeren’s overall record at NIU over two years as head coach was 23-4 and 17-1 against Mid-American Conference (MAC) opponents.

NC State Athletics director Debbie Yow has made it known that she expects the Wolfpack to be a perennial Top-25 team and to do so with a focus on in-state recruiting. O’Brien managed to finish in the Top-25 just once in six seasons – No. 25 in 2010.

Prior to becoming the head coach at Northern Illinois, Doeren served a five-year stint from 2006-2010 at the University of Wisconsin as the co-defensive coordinator, linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator. He finished his last three years as defensive coordinator and his defenses were consistently ranked in the Top 25. During Doeren’s time there, Wisconsin posted a 49-16 record and played in five bowl games (Rose Bowl, Outback Bowl, Capital One Bowl and twice in the Champs Sports Bowl).

Doeren arrived at Wisconsin after four seasons (2002-05) at the University of Kansas. He was the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator for three seasons before being promoted to co-defensive coordinator. The Jayhawks led the Big 12 Conference and ranked No. 3 nationally in rushing defense in 2005 and were 11th nationally in total defense.

Doeren coached the secondary at NCAA Division I-AA (now Football Championship Subdivision) power Montana for two seasons in 2000 and 2001 and was the Grizzlies' recruiting coordinator for one year. Montana won the I-AA national championship in 2001 and went 28-3 with two conference titles in Doeren's two seasons there.

He started his college coaching career as an assistant at Drake from 1995-97, where he coached linebackers before adding defensive coordinator responsibilities in 1997.

O’Brien’s buyout calls for the school to pay him a total of $1.2 million spread out over the next four years.

NC State used the Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search firm to assist in their search, the same company that the university used when hiring Yow. The university would not confirm the fee Parker used charged for the search, although reports of $90,000 are consistent with other search charges in the past.



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  • GC Dec 3, 11:22 a.m.

    If State wants to recruit in the State of NC better,it better join the SEC. SEC can pick NC... View More

    — Posted by lec02572

    Can the same be said for UNC?

    — Posted by FAN72

    Yes but why does that have to make sense when coming from a UNC fan?

  • GC Dec 3, 11:20 a.m.

    I will bet that the program Dave Doeren is leaving will do a heck of a lot better next year than... View More

    — Posted by rhill999

    "arrove"???????? ROFLMAO, if only state college taught grammar along with animal... View More

    — Posted by douggie64

    LOL douggie64 is such a typical, clueless tarhole. The "arrove" was on purpose!
    Dam,... View More

    — Posted by NCSUclassof90

    Ditto,,,and how in touch can douggie be? We all know that "arrove" is a verbatim quote from a paper written by a UNC football player describing his arrival at Chapel Hill in yet another classic example of the academic incompetence of many UNC athletes.
    (Yes UNCers, the above is what is indentified as a PARAGRAPH).

  • GC Dec 3, 11:15 a.m.

    What happened to the fans here that were saying State had a chance to land Nick Saban from... View More

    — Posted by Deacons

    There weren't any fans really suggesting that Saban would come to State.
    Most were rival fans trolling as State fans and a few were tongue in cheek.

    Silly to assume any comments of that sort were serious

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Dec 2, 5:48 p.m.

    I hope this works out to be a good hire but I am skeptical. Being able to win in the MAC does... View More

    — Posted by Tortue

    I don't know; I think Yow is all about excellence, and when she doesn't see a coach achieving what they should, she fires them and hires someone who can do the job.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Dec 2, 5:47 p.m.

    I didn't read over the 14 pages of comments as I can pretty much guess what has been said.... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    As usual, you take the high road, korn:) Well said.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Dec 2, 5:36 p.m.

    Some awesomely positive comments in this article from people who know him:
    [Click the article... View More

    — Posted by TVs_Deceit

    Wow - very impressive accolades. Good for Yow, and good for State.

  • Deacons Dec 2, 4:55 p.m.

    What happened to the fans here that were saying State had a chance to land Nick Saban from... View More

    — Posted by Deacons

    Come on, Deacons, when was there not insanity in these forums?
    TOB is receiving the bonus for... View More

    — Posted by NCSU72

    I think they made a good choice, I was ridiculed for 2 or 3 years here for saying O'Brien needed to go. He was a bad recruiter, a bad in game coach and had a losing ACC record in a very weak conference. As for the insanity you refer to that is present in these forums, I was just calling out those that say such ridiculous things as everyone else on here calls out those with stupid comments.

  • TVs_Deceit Dec 2, 3:36 p.m.

    Some awesomely positive comments in this article from people who know him:
    [Click the article link for the full comments/credits]

    What they are saying about Dave Doeren:

    "What Dave has done here in two seasons has been unprecedented,"

    "Coach Doeren is a complete players coach, he earns respect the second he walks in the door.
    He is an extremely motivated and exciting person to be around."

    "Dave Doeren is one of the rising stars in college football. He cares deeply for his players and fans. The Pack will be in for exciting times."

    "Coach Doeren is the most intelligent and loyal coach a player could ask for. His guys always take the field knowing exactly what to do, and play their guts out for him. He gets the best out of his players and he is a winner."

    "He's a real gem - a young guy, very enthusiastic. He's a great, great hire. "

    "He's a very good recruiter. He's bright, energetic and a tireless worker. I really think everyone in Raleigh is going to like Dave.

    "Some guys have 'it' and Dave does. He's a relentless competitor."

  • Big Mike Dec 2, 3:19 p.m.

    It wouldn't matter if Debbie hired Moses..hard to find a coach who can lead his team to the Promiseland of NCAA football overnight... no matter what the price..wishing Doeren the best..see you all back in 5 years for the next hiring of "Pack Coach"....the saga of W.Raleigh..

  • timetochange Dec 2, 3:04 p.m.

    Just can't respect someone who abandons his team before a bowl game for money, how's that for... View More

    — Posted by timetochange

    Really? Can you not even come up with an original hater theme of your own that hasn't already bee... View More

    — Posted by TVs_Deceit

    Sorry little fella, I didn't have time to read 17 pages of comments to realize this point had already been made. Sorry if it upsets you towel boy.




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