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David William Doeren (born December 3, 1971) is an American football coach. He is the head football coach at North Carolina State University, a position he has held since the 2013 season. Doeren served as the head football coach at Northern Illinois University from 2011 to 30 3 and has been an assistant at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, University of Kansas, University of Montana, and University of Southern California. He played college football at Drake University, where he also held his first assistant coaching position.

Dave Doeren
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamNC State
Annual salary$1.5 million (2019)
Biographical details
Born (1971-12-03) December 3, 1971 (age 47)
Shawnee, Kansas
Alma mater
Playing career
Position(s)Tight end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994Shawnee Mission HS (KS) (WR/DL)
1995–1996Drake (LB)
1997Drake (DC/LB)
1998–1999USC (GA)
2000–2001Montana (DB)
2002–2004Kansas (LB/RC)
2005Kansas (co-DC/LB)
2006–2007Wisconsin (co-DC/LB/RC)
2008–2010Wisconsin (DC/LB)
2011–2012Northern Illinois
2013–presentNC State
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
2 MAC (2011–2012)


Doeren is married with three children. [1] He is a native of Shawnee, Kansas and attended Drake University, where he played on the football team.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Doeren's first coaching job was as wide receivers and defensive line coach at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee, Kansas.

College assistantEdit

From there he served as linebackers coach and defensive coordinator of the Drake Bulldogs. Later he became a graduate assistant with the USC Trojans before being named secondary coach of the Montana Grizzlies, where he was a member of the 2001 national championship team. Doeren was linebackers coach with the Kansas Jayhawks from 2002 to 2005 before becoming linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator of the Wisconsin Badgers. He was given the sole title of defensive coordinator in 2008.

Northern IllinoisEdit

On December 13, 2010, he was named the new head coach of the NIU Huskies.

2011 seasonEdit

Doeren led the Huskies to a Mid-American Conference Championship and a win in the Bowl in his first year.

2012 seasonEdit

On November 30, 2012, the Huskies won a second consecutive MAC Championship and would go on to become the first MAC team to earn a BCS bid with a trip to the 2013 Orange Bowl. Doeren did not coach the Orange Bowl, which NIU lost to Florida State. Doeren's salary per year was raised to $420,000 in 2012 and he was under contract at NIU until 2017.[3][4]

NC StateEdit

On December 1, 2012, athletic director Debbie Yow announced that Doeren would be the new head coach of the Wolfpack.

In his first season at the helm, the Wolfpack compiled a record of 3–9 and failed to win an ACC game.[5] In his second season, they improved to 8–5 (one of the fastest turnarounds in school history), and won the 2014 St. Petersburg Bowl. They also posted a decisive 35-7 win against archrival North Carolina.[6] Doeren accomplished all this with the 3rd youngest team in the nation.[7]

Doeren has led the Wolfpack to five consecutive bowl appearances.

Coaching treeEdit

Assistant coaches Dave Doeren who became college head coaches:

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Northern Illinois Huskies (Mid-American Conference) (2011–2012)
2011 Northern Illinois 11–3 7–1 T–1st (West) W
2012 Northern Illinois 12–1 8–0 1st (West) Orange* 24 22
Northern Illinois: 23–4 15–1 * Did not coach bowl game
NC State Wolfpack (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2013–present)
2013 NC State 3–9 0–8 7th (Atlantic)
2014 NC State 8–5 3–5 5th (Atlantic) W St. Petersburg
2015 NC State 7–6 3–5 4th (Atlantic) L Belk
2016 NC State 7–6 3–5 T–4th (Atlantic) W Independence
2017 NC State 9–4 6–2 2nd (Atlantic) W Sun 23 23
2018 NC State 9–4 5–3 3rd (Atlantic) L Gator
2019 NC State 4–2 1–1 (Atlantic)
NC State: 47–36 21–29
Total: 70–40
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ From the Sidelines: Meet Assistant Coach Dave Doeren – – The Official Web Site of The Wisconsin Badgers Athletics. Retrieved on December 2, 2012.
  2. ^ Dave Doeren Profile – – The Official Web Site of The Wisconsin Badgers Athletics. Retrieved on December 2, 2012.
  3. ^ "Doeren won't coach in bowl game; NIU hopes to hire coach quickly - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star". Archived from the original on February 1, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "NIU football: Northern Illinois extends Dave Doeren's contract one year". Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "The Best Place To Get Sports News - Baltimore News Journal". Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "NC State vs. North Carolina - Game Recap - November 29, 2014 - ESPN". Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  7. ^ WRAL. "NC State has 3rd youngest team among FBS 128 ::". Retrieved June 1, 2018.

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