App State hires NC State OC Drinkwitz as head football coach

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In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 1, 2016 North Carolina State offensive coordinator Eli Drinkwitz works with quarterbacks during an NCAA college football practice in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

BOONE, N.C. (WNCN) – App State has hired N.C. State offensive coordinator Eli Drinkwitz as the new Mountaineer head football coach, CBS 17 has confirmed.

Chancellor Sheri Everts and the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees approved Drinkwitz’s 5-year contract early Thursday.

“My family and I are excited to embrace and build upon the proud tradition of Appalachian State Football,” Drinkwitz said. “I am thankful to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Everts, Doug Gillin and the entire App Nation for the opportunity to be the head coach at this great university. This is a special time for App Nation, and we will work tirelessly to uphold the championship tradition.”

Drinkwitz replaces Scott Satterfield, who took the head job at Louisville.

“I’m excited to welcome Eliah and his family to App Nation,” App State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said. “The App State football program is in great position to continue its championship ways.”

Drinkwitz takes over an App State program that is 3-0 in bowl games since moving to Division I in 2014.

Drinkwitz joined Dave Doeren’s staff in Raleigh in 2016 from Boise State.

As Drinkwitz came to Raleigh, so did then Boise State quarterback Ryan Finley who finished his college career as a first-team All ACC quarterback at N.C. State.

The Wolfpack offense finished its 2018 regular season with two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher for the first time in program history. 

Doeren said Drinkwitz hiring is a “testament to the success of our program that members of our staff are being pursued by other schools.”

N.C. State offensive line coach Dwayne Ledford left Raleigh to join Satterfield at Louisville earlier in the week.

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