NC State names new offensive coordinator

Exciting times in west Raleigh with the hire of Eliah Drinkwitz.

I’ve heard this guy is an excellent recruiter with a ton of energy. Also, he is southern and speaks with the kind of accent that you will like — and the kind of accent that will play well in the living rooms in North Carolina and the surrounding states. Do NOT underestimate the power of ‘fit’ for coaches, cultures, programs and geographies on the recruiting trail. (Scroll to the bottom for a video that will be of interest)

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State head football coach Dave Doeren announced today that Eliah Drinkwitz has joined his staff as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Regarded as one of college football’s brightest young offensive minds, Drinkwitz has led prolific offensive attacks at both Boise State and Arkansas State in recent years. He is a disciple of Gus Malzahn, having served on his staffs at the high school level, and at Auburn.

“Eli is one of the bright and innovative offensive minds in our game, and I’m excited to have him join our staff,” said Doeren. “He comes from great pedigree having worked for Gus Malzahn at both Auburn and Arkansas State, while at Boise State he worked with Brian Harsin (head coach) and Mike Sanford (former Stanford assistant and current Notre Dame OC). He has learned and been able to blend some of the most successful offensive styles in the game and he’ll bring an exciting style to NC State.”

As offensive coordinator for Boise State, Drinkwitz’s offense ranked in the Top 15 in the nation in points per game and total offense in 2015. The Broncos averaged 39.1 points and over 500 yards of offense per game this past season.

In 2015 he directed quarterback Brett Rypien to Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors, leading the league in passing yards, total offense and completions.

Drinkwitz joined the Bronco staff in 2014 coaching tight ends under head coach Bryan Harsin. That year, Boise State’s offense ranked ninth nationally in scoring during a 12-2 campaign that included a Mountain West title and Fiesta Bowl victory over Arizona.

Drinkwitz came to Boise State after serving the previous two seasons at Arkansas State (2012-13), including the 2013 season under Harsin. He was the running backs coach each season, and added co-offensive coordinator duties in 2013.

Arkansas State ranked 23rd nationally in rushing offense in 2012, averaging 206.2 yards per game. The Red Wolves had seven games with more than 200 rushing yards, and led the Sun Belt with 31 rushing touchdowns.

Prior to joining Arkansas State, Drinkwitz worked for Gus Malzahn at Auburn in 2010 and 2011 as quality control assistant. The Tigers went 14-0 in 2010, winning the Southeastern Conference Championship and, ultimately, the national title.

Drinkwitz and Malzahn first team up at Springdale (Ark.) High School (2006-09), where he served as offensive coordinator the final three seasons. He was also an assistant coach at Alma (Ark.) High School in 2005, where he started his coaching career as a volunteer assistant while attending college (2001-03).

He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Arkansas Tech in 2004, graduating magna cum laude and serving as student body president.

Drinkwitz and his wife Lindsey have two daughters, Addison (5) and Emerson (2).

Pass: 334-525 63.5% 4032 yards, 7.67 YPA, 24-12 TD/INT
Run: 553 att, 2488 yards, 4.5YPC, 36TD
3rd Down: 86-209 41%
Red Zone TD: 39-67 (58%)
Yards Per Play: 6.0
Plays Per Game: 83
Overall: 501.5 yards per game, 39.1 ppg

Pass: 246-413 59.6% 2,740 yards, 6.63YPA, 20-6 TD/INT
Run: 540 att, 2627 yards, 4.86YPC, 36TD
3rd Down: 81-197 41%
Red Zone TDs: 39-54 (72%)
Yards Per Play: 5.6
Plays Per Game: 73.3
Overall: 412.8 yards per game, 33.2 ppg

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    ^ As a technical executive recruiter, we find compensation is rarely in the top 5 motivations for candidates and is typically considered a red flag if it is (with the exception of sales professionals). If money was the primary driver, he could stay another year, have similar results and get the same money next year and perhaps with better suitors. You don’t make a marginal career move just to get another $100k that you will get next year anyway and perhaps even more. Next year he will have a clearer track record in the marketplace. If he has any confidence, he knows his value will be higher.
    Drink also had representation that would have certainly advised him of the various options from a career perspective. I agree with the poster about reasons he may have come here. Another is Raleigh and RTP is a hot place to be in the country and has a college sports environment that dominates the area. Being on multiple top 10 lists for best place to…. for more than a decade has an impact on the national perception of a place. This area is blowing up and people are moving here from everywhere. These are good times for Raleigh. Let’s hope they are for our athletic programs too.

    gso packbacker

    As an Executive Recruiter as well, I somewhat disagree. Money is important (for those not independently wealthy), it’s just not the only important thing! Further, when someone makes money a top priority, they are thinking short term, not long term.

    With all that said, there are likely more factors at work than we may ever know. However, it could be as simple as “if Mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.

    Bottom line, I like the hire. I like it a lot!


    Payment rate only really shows 2 basic things – if an entity is serious about finding a good candidate and it can give you input as to that organization’s financial principals.

    I don’t buy the argument that NC state is “cheap”. I think we have been poorly managed for several decades and it has taken its toll. Hopefully, that period of time is over.

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