Jan. 7, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State head football coach Dave Doeren has announced that Cullen Homolka has been named the Wolfpack’s Director of Player Personnel. In addition, running backs coach Des Kitchings will take on the recruiting coordinator responsibilities for the State football program, and coach Ryan Nielsen will now serve as the Pack’s run-game coordinator for defense in addition to serving as the Pack’s defensive line coach.
A native of Holyrood, Kansas, Homolka was on the football staff at Marshall for three years, where he spent time directing the Herd’s high school relations. He also spent time on the staffs at the University of Charleston and Northern Illinois. He began his coaching career at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, where he coached the running backs in 2006 and the receivers in 2007, and helped lead the squad to an NCAA Division II playoff appearance.
“I’m really excited about the addition of Cullen Homolka as our director of player personnel,” said Doeren. “He has a wealth of experience at many levels and his different skill sets will be a huge asset to our program. He played on the junior college and BCS levels, has coached at the Division II level and has coached and been the director of high school relations at a Division I program.”
Homolka joins the Wolfpack staff after spending the 2013 campaign as the head coach at Fairland High School in Proctorville, Ohio. He led a team that had finished with a 5-5 overall record in 2012 to a 7-4 finish this season, an Ohio Valley Conference championship and a berth in the state playoffs. It marked the school’s first conference title since 2008. He was named a district, conference and regional AP coach of the year and was selected to coach in the Ohio North-South Football Classic.
“It is an honor to be working for Coach Doeren and the NC State football family,” said Homolka. “I will do whatever I can to help put NC State where it belongs on the national stage.”
Homolka started his collegiate playing career at Garden City Community College before transferring to Kansas, where he played fullback and was a special teams standout from 2003-05. He earned his B.A. in history in 2006 and earned a spot on the Athletic Director’s and Big 12 Honor Roll in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
As a prep player at Claflin High School, he led his team to 51 straight victories, three state titles and one state runner-up finish from 1997-2000.
Homolka, who earned a Master’s from Marshall in 2010, is married to the former Kristin Ritter and has three children: Trey (15) and Abigail (13) and a newborn son: Ritter.
Also announced were two additional duties for a pair of current Pack assistants.
Kitchings is entering his third year at NC State and has coached the running backs for the past two seasons. He will continue to coach the RBs and will also take over the recruiting coordinator responsibilities.
“Des is not only extremely organized, but he is one of the best recruiters I’ve worked with,” said Doeren. “He has great ideas and works hard and takes pride in it so I wanted to reward him by letting him take the lead role in our recruiting efforts.”
“I am really looking forward to working with Cullen,” said Kitchings. “He comes highly recommended, and we know he is a hard worker who will be very efficient in his role in helping us with our recruiting efforts.”
Nielsen was Doeren’s first hire when he became head coach at NC State, and coached the Pack’s defensive line last season. Along with continuing to coach that position, he will also serve as the Pack’s run-game coordinator for defense.