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    Fans in the Triangle area can watch the Dave Doeren TV Show Sunday nights at 11:30 on WRAL TV-5


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    Get an inside look during a Pack fall practice with NC State head coach Dave Doeren.


    Pack head coach flew to Bristol, Conn., to spend the day at the ESPN studios

    Head coach Dave Doeren traveled to Bristol, Conn., and took part in the ACC/ESPN Car Wash. Throughout his day, Doeren appeared on various ESPN platforms talking about Wolfpack football.


    Pack's head coach meets with media in Greensboro

    Nobody likes to talk NC State football more than head coach Dave Doeren, and on Monday he proved it! Making 26 media stops in a span of over seven hours, Doeren and the rest of the ACC head coaches took part in Day Two of the #ACCKickoff in Greensboro.


    Pack's first team meeting of the summer

    At the first team meeting of the summer, head coach Dave Doeren shows the team the new alternative helmet for the 2014 season.


    Doeren Spring Practice Press Conference


    NC State vs. Maryland

    NC State vs. Maryland football game on November 30, 2013


    Spring Football Practice

    Photos from the first day of spring practice


    Dave Doeren Press Conference

    Dave Doeren Press Conference

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    “This is a blue collar school. This is a work ethic, hands in the dirt school. It’s an agricultural school, it’s a textile school, an engineering school founded by tough people and that’s what this football team will be. That’s what we were today. We’re proud of our guys for representing N.C. State the right way.”

    Dave Doeren following the Wolfpack’s 35-7 win over UNC, Nov. 29, 2014

    Hard work and toughness: In his 21 years in the coaching profession, Dave Doeren, 43, has learned the importance of those traits in building a championship team and has worked relentlessly to instill that attitude into the young men under his direction.

    His drive has definitely paid off. In just his second year as the head coach at NC State, his team, which was dominated by freshmen and sophomores, was the second-most improved in the Power 5 conferences. The Wolfpack more than doubled its win total from the previous season, earned a bowl victory and posted its highest team GPA in program history.

    The 2014 Wolfpack squad was only the second in school history to score 40 or more points in five regular season games and posted its best rushing average since 1992. Off the field, his squad has turned in almost 4,000 collective hours of community service since he took over as head coach.

    Doeren has definitely packed a career’s worth of experience into his 21 years in the coaching profession. After eschewing medical school to follow his passion, he has climbed rapidly through the coaching ranks and was one of the youngest head coaches in the nation when he took over the Wolfpack program in December of 2012.

    He came to NC State after leading the program at Northern Illinois to 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 earned 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 his two seasons to extend the nation’s longest home winning streak to 21 games. The Huskies’ Academic Progress Rate (APR) ranked among the top five nationally as well.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Doeren grew up right outside of Kansas City, where he watched his grandfather, Thomas Glennon, coach high school basketball and track. He loved the respect his grandfather commanded from his players, even after he retired from coaching.

    When he left for college at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, his goals were to play football, earn a pre-med degree, go to med school and become an orthopedic doctor. He accomplished the first two.

    He lettered at tight end for the Bulldogs, catching 19 catches for 237 yards for his career. He majored in pre-medical biology, earning Academic All-American as a senior. He took the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). His plans for the future changed, however, during the summer between his junior and senior years when his former coach at Bishop Miege High School asked him to lead seven-on-seven drills.

    Doeren says from that moment on, he decided he wanted to be a coach. He pursued that goal with a relentlessness that never wavered. Instead of heading to med school, he landed his first coaching job in 1994, right there in Kansas at Shawnee Mission High School. His collegiate coaching career began just a year later, when he was named an assistant coach at Drake, leading the linebackers from 1995-97 before adding defensive coordinator chores in 1997. He also earned his master’s degree from Drake in educational leadership.

    Doeren got his first taste of a bowl experience as a defensive graduate assistant at the University of Southern California. During his stint with the Trojans, he began work on his Ph.D.

    Doeren met his wife Sara while he was coaching at Drake and she was a nursing student. The couple has three sons: Jacob (15), Luke (13) and Connor (8).

    Year by Year with Dave Doeren

    Year School Position Record Postseason Notes
    1994 Shawnee Mission HS Assistant Coach
    1995 Drake Linebackers 8-1-1
    1996 Drake Linebackers 8-3
    1997 Drake Defensive Coor./Linebackers 8-3
    1998 USC Graduate Assistant 8-5 Sun Bowl
    1999 USC Graduate Assistant 6-6
    2000 Montana Defensive Secondary 13-2 I-AA Runner-ups Big Sky Champions
    2001 Montana Defensive Secondary 15-1 I-AA Champions Big Sky Champions
    2002 Kansas LB/Recruiting Coor. 2-10
    2003 Kansas LB/Recruiting Coor. 6-7 Tangerine Bowl
    2004 Kansas LB/Recruiting Coor. 4-7
    2005 Kansas LB/Co-Def. Coor. 7-5 Ft. Worth Bowl
    2006 Wisconsin Co-Def. Coor./Recruiting Coor./LB 12-1 Capital One Bowl
    2007 Wisconsin Co-Def. Coor./Recruiting Coor./LB 9-4 Outback Bowl
    2008 Wisconsin Defensive Coor./LB 7-6 Champs Sports Bowl
    2009 Wisconsin Defensive Coor./LB 10-3 Champs Sports Bowl
    2010 Wisconsin Defensive Coor./LB 11-2 Rose Bowl Big 10 Champions
    2011 Northern Illinois Head Coach 11-3 Bowl MAC Champions
    2012 Northern Illinois Head Coach 12-1* Orange Bowl* MAC Champions
    2013 NC State Head Coach 3-9

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