ACC Coaching News: NC State Shakes Up Staff

North Carolina State

Offensive coordinator Matt Canada has been fired in a surprise move by Dave Doeren in response to a disappointing 51-28 loss in the Belk Bowl that dropped the Wolfpack’s record to 7-6 overall on the season. State finished ranked 57th in the nation in total offense and 75th in passing offense this season averaging 412.8 total yards per game.

Offensive line coach Mike Uremovich is also moving on, heading to Northern Illinois to serve as offensive coordinator. Uremovich coached at Northern Illinois in 2012 when he was the running backs coach. He was also a graduate assistant there in 2001-02.

The shakeup comes after after a disappointing 7-6 record and just an 18-20 mark in Doeren’s three seasons at the helm in Raleigh. The Wolfpack have posted just a 6-18 conference record in that time so it makes sense to try and change things up on the staff.

Mark Richt Adds Staff at Miami

Former Virginia Tech offensive line coach Stacy Searels will head to Coral Gables to reunite with Mark Richt. Searels coached with the new Miami head coach at Georgia from 2007 to 2010. He replaces Miami graduate and Hall of Famer Art Kehoe who is the only coach in school history to be a part of all five national championships.

Manny Diaz Jr. will be the Hurricanes’ new defensive coordinator leaving Mississippi State after one season. He returns home to Miami where his father Many Diaz was once the mayor. Craig Kuligowski will coach the defensive line. He comes to Miami from Missouri where he coached the Tiger defesnive line since 2001. He’s produced 22 first and second team all-conference selections and 21 draft picks including 12 first rounders.

Thomas Brown joins to serve as co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach. He worked at Georgia for one season and coached at Wisconsin before that where he helped guide Melvin gordon to the second best season in NCAA history with 2,587 rushing yards and 32 total touchdowns.

There’s a very clear SEC flavor to Richt’s staff which means the Hurricanes should recruit well and put together a good group.

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