Dave Doeren describes long road to new job, talks staff building

Posted by: Josh Kendall on Monday December 03, 2012


Posted by: Josh Kendall on December 3, 2012

Dave Doeren introduced himself to the N.C. State community on Sunday this way:

"All I can tell you is I didn't take any shortcuts to get here," said Doeren, who left Northern Illinois this weekend to take the N.C. State job. "I have been coaching 17 years at the college level. I have lined the fields and driven the bus. I was a GA twice. I've coached high school. I've been a I-AA non-scholarship coach. I've been a I-AA scholarship coach, an assistant coach, a co-coordinator, a recruiting coordinator, a head coach a mid-major and now I am standing here in the ACC, and I'm jacked up about it."

Doeren is taking over at N.C. State immediately, meaning he will miss the BCS bowl game he led the Huskies to this year. (Former Doeren assistant Rod Carey was named Doeren's replacement at NIU on Sunday.)

"This is my school now," Doeren said.

N.C. State is the only school Doeren talked to about a job, although he said Sunday his agent fielded calls from other schools. Of the many tasks Doeren faces during the transition, one of the most important is hiring a coaching staff, he said. He will begin that process by hiring an offensive and defensive coordinator, but he declined Sunday to put a timetable on those hires.

"I'd rather be slow and right than quick and wrong for sure," he said. "It's very important to me. The people that touch our players every day can't be the wrong people. I'm going to make sure I take my time with that. It's a process that turns into a family."

Doeren will talk with the Wolfpack's current assistants and probably will bring some of his staff from NIU, he indicated. He also has a list of "five deep" of position coaches that he has in mind, he said.

"I believe I will be able to assemble a great staff that shares our goals and ambitions," he said. "Football is a very physical sport played by players that enjoy the physical part of the game. It's ultra-competitive, coached by men that enjoy the competition. I'm going to surround myself with other people that share that aspect of the game."

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Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to josh@coachingsearch.com




Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to josh@coachingsearch.com