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 WRAL.com and WRALSportsFan.com. 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.