Dave Doeren, NC State agree on contract extension; Doeren will sign through 2025

Dave Doeren has been at NC State since Dec. 2012. As it appears, Doeren won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. According to multiple media reports, Doeren and NC State have agreed to a new contract. The new deal tacks on a two-year extension — through the 2025 season. Doeren will also receive a salary increase, starting with the 2021 season.

The deal still needs approval from the Board of Trustees.

NC State will also raise the salaries for nine returning assistant coach, including offensive coordinator Tim Beck.

The first to report the news was R. Cory Smith of Pack Pride. In the past, Doeren and NC State have agreed on multiple previous extensions, including in 2017 and 2019.

NC State finished its spring game on Saturday, April 10. Doeren’s extension comes three weeks after North Carolina and Mack Brown also agreed to a contract extension.

After two seasons at Northern Illinois (2011-12), Doeren was hired to replace Tom O’Brien prior to the start of the 2013 season. During his tenure in Raleigh, NC State has gone 55-46 (.545) — with six bowl appearances. The Wolfpack went 8-4 (7-3 ACC) in the 2020 season, which culminated with an appearance in the Gator Bowl.

While Doren’s teams have done well in games in which they’re favored — a frequent talking point — NC State has struggled vs. ranked teams. However, there’s something to be said about winning the games you’re supposed to win. Plus, Doeren is also 4-4 against UNC, which doesn’t hurt his case, either.

While Brown’s arrival/return at UNC has changed the game when it comes to in-state recruiting efforts, Doeren has done well on the recruiting trail. NC State’s 2018 class was top 25 nationally; the 2019 and 2021 classes were also top 30-35 groups.

Peel back and take a 10,000-foot view of the program: Doeren continues to check a lot of boxes. NC State has an identity under Doeren; there’s something to be said for that. His teams look and play a certain way. On top of that, Doeren recruits well, wins consistently, has achieved postseason success and competes with his top in-state rival.


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