UNC announces hiring of new offensive coach

acarter@newsobserver.comJanuary 24, 2014 

— North Carolina on Friday officially announced the hiring of Seth Littrell, who will be the assistant coach most responsible for leading the Tar Heels’ offense.

Littrell, who arrives at UNC from Indiana, replaces Blake Anderson, UNC’s former offensive coordinator who departed the school in January to become the head coach at Arkansas State. Since then, UNC coach Larry Fedora had been searching for the coach to lead UNC’s up-tempo spread offense.

Fedora apparently found his man in Littrell, who played running back at Oklahoma and was a captain of the Sooners’ 2000 national championship team. Littrell began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Kansas in 2002. He coached at Texas Tech and Arizona before arriving at Indiana in 2012.

“Seth has been a successful offensive coach and recruiter everywhere he’s been,” Fedora said in a statement. “He played on a national championship team at Oklahoma and has worked with some of the best college coaches in the country. When I was at Oklahoma State and he was at Texas Tech, we coached and recruited against each other.

“I believe he’ll be a great fit for our program and for this university.”

At Indiana, Littrell led an offense similar in style – a fast-paced spread – to the one Fedora has employed throughout his coaching career. The Hoosiers ranked ninth nationally in total offense a season ago, and they were one of three teams that averaged more than 300 yards passing and 200 yards rushing.

Under Littrell, Indiana last season set school records for yards, yards per game, points, points per game and first downs. In addition to his work as a coordinator, Littrell, a 2000 graduate of Oklahoma, has a reputation for being an aggressive, energetic recruiter.

“I’m excited to be here and look forward to working for a great institution,” Littrell said in a statement. “This is a great coaching staff and I can’t wait to meet our players and get to work.”

Littrell will coach tight ends and serve as UNC’s offensive coordinator, though his official title is “assistant head coach for offense.” The school also announced that Gunter Brewer, the wide receivers coach, and Chris Kapilovic, the offensive line coach, are now co-offensive coordinators.

Fedora still has a vacancy on his offensive staff. Walt Bell, UNC’s former tight ends coach, left to become Anderson’s offensive coordinator at Arkansas State.

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