Dave Doeren has N.C. State off to its best start in 15 years and back in the national rankings for the first time since 2010.
The Wolfpack football coach will also likely have a new contract soon. Doeren and N.C. State are in negotiations for a contract extension, according to N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow.
Doeren, 45, has two years remaining on his current deal, which is worth about $2.2 million annually. N.C. State, 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the ACC, is ranked No. 20 in both national polls.
“We want Dave here a long time and appreciate the progress that has been made,” Yow wrote in a text on Tuesday.
Doeren has a 30-27 overall record and 12-23 mark in ACC play. His fifth team is on track to be his best. The Wolfpack has won five straight games and has opened 3-0 in ACC play for the first time since 2002.
Doeren’s last three teams have each made a bowl game but did not finish better than 3-5 in ACC play or beat any top-25 opponents.
N.C. State entered the final week of the 2016 regular season with a 5-6 record and in need of a win at North Carolina to make a bowl and perhaps save Doeren’s job.
The Wolfpack beat UNC and then routed Vanderbilt in the bowl game to set up the team’s success for this season.
N.C. State already has two wins over ranked teams this season (Florida State and Louisville) and has matched Doeren’s best ACC win total.
Doeren’s most recent contract extension came after the 2014 season. The Wolfpack went 8-5 that year, a five-win improvement from Doeren’s first season.
That deal runs through the 2019 season and includes a base salary of $840,000 and an annual supplemental package worth $1,360,000.
Eight wins this season would have triggered an automatic one-year extension and raise in Doeren’s current deal. A 10-win season triggers a two-year extension and raise.
Yow, who hired Doeren in December 2012, did not give a timetable for the deal to be finalized or announced. N.C. State plays at Pittsburgh on Saturday.
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