NC State Hires Drinkwitz As Offensive Coordinator

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 Bryan 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).


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