Senior QB to earn accounting degree in May
Group of gridiron graduates largest in last decade
Coach Doeren met with the media prior to the season opener against Louisiana Tech
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Core group will represent each position on field
Get an inside look during a Pack fall practice with NC State head coach Dave Doeren.
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.
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.
At the first team meeting of the summer, head coach Dave Doeren shows the team the new alternative helmet for the 2014 season.
“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
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.
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