North Carolina on Thursday severed ties with another defensive assistant coach after one of the worst defensive seasons in school history. The school fired Dan Disch, team spokesman Kevin Best confirmed.
Disch had been a part of the Tar Heels’ staff since 2012, when Larry Fedora became the head coach. Fedora informed Disch that he’d been let go on Thursday, the day after national signing day.
Disch coached the secondary and was responsible for the cornerbacks. After Fedora parted ways with Vic Koenning, who had been most responsible for the defense, Disch prepared the defense and called the defensive plays in the Quick Lane Bowl, where UNC endured a 40-21 loss against Rutgers.
That loss gave UNC a 6-7 finish in aseason that will be remembered for its defensive struggles. The Tar Heels’ defense was among the worst in the country and the worst in school history.
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Disch is the third member of the staff from a season ago who won’t be back next season. In addition to Disch and Koenning, Ron West, who coached linebackers, was not retained.
Fedora hired Gene Chizik, the former Auburn head coach, as defensive coordinator. John Papuchis, the former defensive coordinator at Nebraska, joined the Tar Heelsstaff last week as a defensive assistant.