2007 NC State Football Coaching Staff

NC State has a football staff to compete against this schedule in 2007.

This link will take you to biographies for Tom O’Brien’s complete staff at NC State.

Coach O’Brien has completed his first staff at NC State; and, we are very pleased.

It was almost like O’Brien took every coach from Boston College that made the choice to follow him to Raleigh. After that, he strategically assessed the staffs needs and went to market with a plan to fill certain holes with certain coaches. The result is a diverse staff with a lot of experience at both the college and professional level. Both co-oridnators have been head coaches at Division One programs. (Link to Mike Archer announcement)

We would love to hear any of your thoughts and insight regarding the Wolfpack’s new staff.

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19 Responses to 2007 NC State Football Coaching Staff

  1. beowolf 01/27/2007 at 10:50 AM #

    Staff loyalty was a key problem under Amato. I’m encouraged that so many coaches are following TOB and that he has experience with some of his new hires. I’m optimistic and look forward to seeing their results on the field.

  2. BJD95 01/27/2007 at 11:01 AM #

    TOB has a loyal staff because he is the kind of guy that EARNS said loyalty. He treats his assistants like men, not like commodities. This was a SERIOUS problem for Amato.

    I think this is an excellent and diverse staff. Archer might want to think about shaving the porn star mustache, but I think he’ll be a fine DC (with the requisite raw material to work with). It’s a real coup to land a former head coach and nationally recognized recruiter (McCollum) to serve as merely a position coach!

    Bible sure carries a full load, doesn’t he? OC, QBs, and WRs. I am hopeful that I can make the Wolfpack Club “meet and greet” on 2/15.

  3. beowolf 01/27/2007 at 1:52 PM #

    BJD, here’s some crazy speculation, but given that TOB sounds like he wants to retire here, one of these guys could be the next Wolfpack coach.

  4. Woof Wolf 01/27/2007 at 2:37 PM #

    McCollum was HC at MTSU. I wonder how much influence LF had in the hire.

    216 days until kickoff.

  5. RickJ 01/27/2007 at 2:56 PM #

    Four offensive assistants & assignments:

    Bible – OC and coaches QB’s & WR’s;

    Horton – OL;

    Bridge – TE’s; and

    Swepson – RB’s.

    Four defensive assistants & assignment:

    Archer – DC, no positions;

    McCollum – LB’s;

    Reed – DB’s; and

    Willis – DL.

    Petercuskie – Recruiting Coordinator & Special Teams

    I don’t remember ever seeing a coaching staff configured this way. Maybe Welch did it this way at Virginia but I don’t think so. I don’t recall ever seeing an OC that coaches the QB’s & WR’s. On the other hand, the DC doesn’t coach any position. In the old days, a lot of staffs had the TE as the recruiting coordinator.

    I like the idea of combining the recruiting coordinator & special teams. With the exception of Deraney, our previous staff did a horrible job of recruiting kickers & punters. We have 2 kicker/punters on scholarship now and the new staff has already recruited a Junior College punter and there is some thinking they are going to sign a kicker. Here’s hoping Petecuskie is a combination Doc Holiday – Joe Pate in this position.

    This indicates to me that TOB is a creative thinker.

  6. Sw0rdf1sh 01/27/2007 at 5:34 PM #

    Damn, no Portee or Cignetti.

  7. BoKnowsNCS71 01/27/2007 at 5:48 PM #

    “One of these guys could be the next Wolfpack coach”

    True, after all this is the Bible belt.

  8. IrishPackFan 01/27/2007 at 8:52 PM #

    I love the idea of Bible doing both the QBs and the WRs! Think about it this way, what better to work on your timing than have the positions coming from the same mindset. I feel like there will be plenty of passing downs of significance in this offense. Then with the 1-2 punch of the Killer B’s we should create some offense. We may just use the pass to open up the run…I love that kind of offense. Let’s pray we keep the WR and OL commits coming to NCSU…

  9. packwolf90 01/27/2007 at 11:02 PM #

    I’m extremely disappointed that Portee isn’t on the staff.

  10. Sw0rdf1sh 01/28/2007 at 8:54 AM #

    I second that packwolf90.

    The man has been pretty much a staple for us except for that one year with the Browns. I understand it’s TOB’s choice and Stepson was his man at BC, but didn’t anyone in the upper administration even have a little “sit down” with him about Portee?

    I would hate to see him go to another school but I hope his talent isn’t wasted and he lands on his feet. (not that his was ever off them)

  11. choppack1 01/28/2007 at 9:57 AM #

    I’m impressed w/ this staff. The best news is that we have a coach w/ history of actually keeping a staff together. I like the fact that Archer and Reed bring w/ them some NFL experience as well. McCollum has a little as well. I think this is important given what is happening down the road to the west of Raleigh. It’s good that we can somewhat counter the NFL argument that’s going to be pitched.

    Supposedly TOB is very easy to work for – he doesn’t work them to death and is consistent day to day. I’m not sure if the same thing could be said for Amato.

    Regarding Portee and Cignetti – it’s TOB’s decision. Portee may step away from coaching now and retire. Cignetti will likely land on his feet somewhere. Hopefully, it won’t be at UNC or ECU.

  12. StateFans 01/28/2007 at 10:06 AM #

    I like Dick and Dottie, as well.

    But, isn’t it time that Portee goes ahead and retires? The timing of the change aligns itself nicely with where he is

  13. joe 01/28/2007 at 10:19 AM #

    Portee is 65 so he probably wasn’t going to stay around much longer anyway.

  14. vtpackfan 01/28/2007 at 1:37 PM #

    The make up of the staff looks like it’s built to last if needed. I understand that Bilble getting OC/QB/WR seems different. Keep in mind that TOB has a wealth of knowledge going for him on this side of the ball. I think that is why Archer and McCollom make so much sense as hires because they have prior experience with being a head coach, so they can handle alot of the preperation and defensive schemeson their own.

    I’m not saying that we have more then one HC, and no one will ever qusetion who has the last say, it’ s just seems to make sense that TOB could spend more time with Bible on the offense and thus lessen his load of handling the QB’s and WR’s, knowing that the D is in quality hands.

    McCollom also looks good in recruiting terms, IMO. Alot has been made of TOB ties with UVA and his success recruiting in the Tidewater area. Well times have change, and the Hokies are now very difficult to deal with in that given area. McCollom and Archer probably have great tiea in the South, and it’s just a matter of synthesizing their knowlege with the TOB/Petercuskie vision of recruiting over the long term. Overall, very solid hires.

    Looking forward to seeing how Reeds secondary and Willis’ DL shape up. Of all areas on this current roster, that is where the epth of talent reside. Too bad we couldn’t convince Culliver (Garner) to stay in state (USC), but I’m looking forwad to seeing Simmons (who I believe is now in school but spent a year at Hargrove?) and other young players do in the secondary. DL and DB will be crucial for us since the LB corps is very untested and can’t be expected to step up and really dominate yet. If the DB’s can cause QB’s to hold onto the ball longer then they want then maybe the DL can wreak some havoc. Stopping the run could be the achilles.

  15. noah 01/29/2007 at 9:17 AM #

    This is a fantastic staff. There’s tremendous value in having former head coaches on the payroll.

    One of the things that I’m looking forward to the most is a much wider recruiting base. Amato recruited two areas: North Carolina and S. Florida. That was it.

    Looking at these coaches, it appears that O’Brien’s recruiting base is going to include northern Florida, Georgia (a terrific hotbed of talent that we’ve totally ignored since O’Cain was fired), Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and the northeast.

    I’m hopeful that we will also dip our toes into the waters in California and Texas.

    Unless you just don’t have the budget for it, it makes no sense NOT to recruit nationally.

  16. packbackr04 01/29/2007 at 11:01 AM #

    why does it look like a grade school child posted the coaches photos on pack pride? i mean really? is that the best we can do? the formatting is all crooked and the pictures arent current. gees, it just looks busch league.

  17. packbackr04 01/29/2007 at 11:12 AM #

    noah, i would also say that it looks like TOB will be recruiting Ohio, Pennsylvania, and other mid west type states. and possibly still be heading to the snowy northeast for some big linemen.. i agree, he should and appears to be going national with his recruiting

  18. packwolf90 01/29/2007 at 11:51 PM #

    I’ve figured out our QB situation…..Rivers needs to have a son.


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