Former NC State coaches O'Brien, Tenuta join Virginia football staff
Posted January 3, 2013
Updated January 4, 2013
Former North Carolina State head football coach Tom O'Brien is joining the University of Virginia football staff as the tight ends and associate head coach for the offense. Former NC State associate head coach for defense Jon Tenuta will also join the Cavalier staff as their associate head coach for defense and defensive coordinator.
“I was fortunate to work for Tom O’Brien at Boston College and I have so much respect for him because of the consistent success he’s experienced, while never sacrificing his beliefs and philosophies. With Tom’s experience as a head coach in the ACC and Big East for 16 seasons, I am looking forward to his insights and I’m excited that he will be able to share his knowledge with our coaches and players," said Virginia head coach Mike London.
London also announced the hiring of special teams coordinator and running backs coach Jeff Banks and promotion of Marques Hagans to full-time wide receivers coach.
NC State assistant athletics director Annabelle Myers said Thursday the university agreed to two contractual decisions with coach O'Brien prior to his departure that would allow him to take a new position.
"NC State waived his non-compete clause so that he could fully pursue other coaching opportunities. Second, NC State agreed to pay a lump sum of $200,000 as complete satisfaction of the university's obligation to pay liquidated damages under the remaining years in the contract," athletics director Debbie Yow said in a statement.
By agreeing to those terms, NC State avoids having to buy O'Brien out for the remaining two years of his contract and he is free to take another job.
"We wish Coach O'Brien well in the future and appreciate his contributions to NC State Athletics," Yow stated.
O'Brien is familiar with Virginia, having spent fifteen years working for head coach George Welsh. From 1982-1996, O'Brien served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. In 1997, he took the head coaching position at Boston College and then at NC State in 2007.
O'Brien will earn a $150,000 signing bonus in addition to his $450,000 per year two year contract. At the end of two years he is eligible to receive an additional $300,000 bonus.
Tenuta has served as defensive coordinator at Marshall, Kansas State, SMU, Ohio State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame during his 32 seasons as a college coach. Tenuta graduated from Virginia in 1982 afterearning three letters as a defensive back from 1978-80.
His contract is for five years and he will receive annual compensation totaling $500,000.
After six seasons and a 40-35 record, O'Brien was fired from NC State on Nov. 26 and much of his staff was not retained.