Doeren hires recruiting co-ordinator

Dec. 7, 2012

Raleigh, N.C. – NC State head football coach Dave Doeren has announced that Ryan Nielsen, a former All-Pac 10 defensive lineman, has joined his staff and will coach that position for the Wolfpack. Nielsen, who will also serve as recruiting coordinator at State, spent last season as the co-defensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach for Doeren at Northern Illinois.

“Ryan is one of the best technicians on the defensive line that I’ve ever been around,” said Doeren. “He played the game at a very high level and learned to coach from a number of great defensive minds. He has great energy and passion for his players and is a tireless and energetic recruiter.”

Prior to spending the last two seasons with the two-time MAC Champion and Orange Bowl-bound Huskies, Nielsen spent a year as the special teams coordinator and defensive line coach at Tennessee Martin, where the team led the Ohio Valley Conference in total defense. Prior to that, he was the defensive coordinator for two years at Central Connecticut State, also coaching defensive line and linebackers for the 2008 and 2009 campaigns. In 2009, CCSU won the Northeastern Conference title and led the league in sacks, forced turnovers, red zone defense and opponent third down conversions.

From 2005 – 2007, the Los Angeles native served for three years as the defensive line coach at Ole Miss. He coached two freshman All-Americans, Greg Hardy and Marcus Tillman, during his time in Oxford. He had a player lead the SEC in sacks twice during his three-year stint.

“I am very thankful to be joining the Wolfpack football family,” said Nielsen. “I am looking forward to building on the football tradition here at NC State and want to thank Dr. [Debbie] Yow and Coach Doeren for the opportunity of a lifetime to join this staff. Having worked with Coach Doeren in the past, I’m honored and humbled to join him here at State. I can’t wait to begin working.”

The 33-year-old received his B.S. in public policy from Southern Cal in 2002. He was an all-conference performer as a sophomore, tallying 39 tackles, and played while Doeren was a graduate assistant coach for the Trojans. He signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles and played Arena football with the Los Angeles Avengers.
After graduation, he served as a volunteer assistant on the Trojan staff for a season, then went to the University of Idaho, where he gained experience as an administrative assistant.

From NC State Athletics

Youth, energy and enthusiasm. Exactly what the program is looking for.

You can click here for the link to Nielsen’s profile/biography when he was playing at Southern Cal.

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9 Responses to Doeren hires recruiting co-ordinator

  1. reelman1 12/08/2012 at 8:28 AM #

    After the 15 presidents doing the “hands around the table” does anyone not believe that NCSU and VT are not preparing to jump to the SEC? The only tv markets left are NC and Va.

  2. TLeo 12/08/2012 at 9:24 AM #

    Looks like a good start to his staff. Is it football season yet?

  3. NelsonHall97 12/08/2012 at 10:20 AM #

    Does anyone have any info on where NIU’s 2011 and 2012 recruiting classes ranked in the MAC? I just google searched it and a few websites showed them in the bottom half of the conference both years and maybe middle of the conference for 2013. I’m not trying to find something to bitch about because I like Doeren…just looking for some stats and informed commentary from folks who may know more than I do.

  4. ADVENTUROO 12/08/2012 at 10:49 AM #


    Go to the Forums section. there are several threads there. I have seen this discussed. The rankings were not great, but it was (no offense) NIU.

    I have all the confidence that Coach D will do well here. He is a VERY smart individual with a focus on his priorities.

    I trust his judgement on his hires and we will do well. He also seems like a guy that if he makes a bad call on a hire/recruit, he will identify the problem early and make corrections….whatever that involves and includes severing the relationship.

    Really a true sign of a leader… constantly be reviewing your performance and then making corrections.

  5. duckfatrules 12/08/2012 at 12:41 PM #

    good to see a hire, when does Ryan Nielsen start?
    I assume he still has duties for NIU’s bowl game but we need him out recruiting.
    dont we need him to start full time now?

  6. Wulfpack 12/08/2012 at 12:47 PM #

    He is already full time with the Pack. Not coaching NIU’s bowl game, or ours for the matter. Putting a staff together, evaluating talent, and recruiting.

  7. sundropdrinker13 12/08/2012 at 2:29 PM #

    Wulfpack, I think he was talking about the new guy, Ryan Nielsen.

  8. vtpackfan 12/08/2012 at 2:35 PM #

    More and more “sagacious” talks on message boards about stars and rankings.

    I immediately took note the Coach Nielson first mentioned that in the ’12 class they had recruited a lot of great families. That is lock in step with what DD said about the type of player that can come in and be a 4-5 year contributer that it noticeably improved over the course of that time frame ( in facets all across the board in personal development )

    I think we heard a lot of lip service to this type of program building and the facts are the facts- for every Audie Cole we seemed to have a player that didn’t hit the trajectory we needed for this style of recruiting/program to deliver at peak levels.

    I’m giving DD and Nielson the benefit that their enthusiasm and personal style of effiency can deliver to the demands our AD has put forth.

    Welcome to the family Coach Nielson and Go Pack!!

  9. ancsu87 12/09/2012 at 10:09 PM #

    I have high hopes for this new coach and I think he will be good. However it amazes me that he says almost same things as TOB said and his rankings are middle of pack for MAC and yet people on here talk about how much better he is than TOB … you are using what as the basis other than the same hope I discussed at the start?

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