Head Football Coach
North Carolina State
2012 - Present
When Dave Doeren was first introduced as head football coach to Wolfpack Nation at a press conference on Dec. 2, 2012, his opening statement concisely told the story of who he is and what he stands for - providing an accurate snapshot of Dave Doeren the football coach and Dave Doeren the man. In those few short sentences, he displayed the attributes that made him NC State's first choice when it came time to find the 34th coach in program history: his experience, his work ethic and his passion.
The 41-year-old Doeren has packed a lifetime's worth of coaching experience into just 19 years. He comes to NC State after leading the program at Northern Illinois for its most successful two years in program history. His first Husky squad won the school's first Mid-American Conference Championship since 1983 and tied the school record with 11 wins. His second version repeated as league champions and set a new school record by posting 12 victories for the season and earning a trip to the Orange Bowl - the first BCS berth ever for a MAC school. Doeren was a finalist for several national coach of the year awards following the 2012 campaign.
Under Doeren's leadership, NIU boasted the nation's longest conference winning streak with 17 straight wins versus MAC opponents. The Huskies never lost a home game during his tenure in DeKalb, winning a dozen home contests in the past two seasons to extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 21 games.
During his two years at NIU, eight players earned all-conference accolades, and one of his quarterbacks won the MAC's Vern Smith Leadership Award - given to the league's MVP - each season. The Huskies' Academic Progress Rate (APR) ranked among the top five nationally as well.
Northern Illinois was the only school in the nation to have a player win the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award in both 2011 and 2012. Additionally, Northern Illinois joined Duke, Penn State and Nebraska as one of only four schools in the country to place four players on the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Team for its region.
The Shawnee Mission, Kansas, native posted a 23-4 overall record with a 17-1 mark against MAC opponents during his time at NIU. His prolific offense scored 40 points or more 16 times in 27 games. In 2012 alone, the program averaged 40.8 points per game during the regular season and ranked in the Top 15 nationally in fourth down conversions (2nd), rushing offense (9th), scoring offense (10th), 3rd down conversions (15th), and total offense (15th).
Prior to his stint in DeKalb, Doeren spent five seasons in the Big Ten at Wisconsin, where he served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. During Doeren's time in Madison, the Badgers posted a 49-15 overall mark and played in the Champs Sports Bowl twice, the Outback Bowl, the Capital One Bowl and the Rose Bowl.
For his first two seasons in Madison, he served as co-defensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator/linebackers coach and in 2008, was named the primary defensive coordinator. His UW defenses were consistently ranked in the top 25 in NCAA defensive categories. In 2010, Wisconsin ranked 20th in total defense and in the top 30 in both rushing and scoring defense. In 2009, the Badgers led the Big Ten and ranked fifth in the country in rushing defense, holding each of their last 10 opponents to less than 100 yards rushing - the longest streak in school history. Wisconsin led the nation in pass efficiency defense in 2006 and was the No. 2 scoring defense in the country.
His pupils at Wisconsin included National Football League linebackers Jonathan Casillas of the New Orleans Saints and DeAndre Levy, the Detroit Lions' middle linebacker. Badgers' linebacker Chris Borland earned 2009 Big Ten Defensive Freshman of the Year honors.
Doeren arrived at Wisconsin after four seasons (2002-05) at the University of Kansas, where he served as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator for three seasons before being promoted to co-defensive coordinator under head coach Mark Mangino. The Jayhawks led the Big 12 Conference and ranked No. 3 nationally in rushing defense and No. 11 nationally in total defense in 2005.
During Doeren's time at Kansas, the Jayhawks ended a seven-year bowl drought, earning bids to the 2003 Tangerine Bowl and the 2005 Ft. Worth Bowl. The opponent in that first bowl appearance was a Philip Rivers-led NC State team. At his introductory press conference at NC State, Doeren recalled how the passion of the Wolfpack fan base made an impression on him then that he never forgot, 10 years before he was named the Pack's head coach.
He coached Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Nick Reid, who was also a third-team All-American and four of his players won academic all-conference honors.
In 2000 and 2001, Doeren coached the secondary at NCAA Division I-AA (now Football Championship Subdivision) powerhouse Montana, also serving as the Grizzlies' recruiting coordinator for one year. Montana advanced to the the I-AA national championship game in 2000, losing by two points, but returned to win the national title the following season. The Grizzlies posted a 28-3 record and won two Big Sky Conference championships in his two years with the program and he coached five All-Americans, four All-Big Sky performers and two league defensive MVPs.