NC State head coach Dave Doeren announced today that Kevin Patrick has joined his staff as the defensive line coach. The 12-year coaching veteran spent last season in the same position at Texas Tech.
Patrick has mentored several NFL defensive linemen, most notably first-round pick Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants. The former All-American defensive end also coached Terrell McClain (Dallas Cowboys) and current free agent George Selvie.
"I've known Kevin for a long time and I've always admired his intensity and his love of the game," said Doeren. "He has recruited, coached and developed some incredible defensive linemen in multiple conferences and he knows what it takes to be an All-American as a collegiate player and an All-Pro in the NFL.
"Those qualities, along with his strong background as a recruiter in the southeast and his reputation as a tremendous family man, made him a premier target for this position when the opportunity came up. We look forward to having Kevin and his family as part of the Wolfpack."
From 2014-15, Patrick served as the defensive line coach at the University of North Texas. In his two seasons with the Mean Green, the team compiled 52 sacks, including 33 in his first year - the fifth-best mark in school history. The program ranked among the top Conference USA pass rushing units and finished the 2014 season ranked No. 25 nationally in team sacks per game (2.75) and among the nation's top-50 units in total defense. North Texas was led by the emergence of defensive end Chad Polk, who, despite an undersized frame, became an All-CUSA selection after totaling 25 tackles and a team-high 5.5 sacks.
A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., Patrick joined the North Texas staff following his second stint as the defensive line coach at the University of South Florida. He spent a total of nine seasons on the USF staff under head coaches Jim Leavitt and Skip Holtz, coaching defensive ends (1996-98 and 2008), defensive tackles (2010-13) and the entire defensive line (2009).
Patrick produced three NFL draft picks while in Tampa, including Pierre-Paul, who was selected in the first round at No. 15 overall in 2010. In his lone season at USF, Pierre-Paul, an NFL All-Pro selection in 2011, garnered first team All-America honors by Pro Football Weekly as well as All-Big East first team accolades by the conference coaches and multiple other publications. McClain was drafted in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft third by the Carolina Panthers after earning first team All-Big East honors. Selvie was a two-time All-American, the Big East Defensive Player of the Year and ended his career as the program's all-time leader in both sacks and tackles for a loss.
Under Patrick, USF regularly rated among the nation's top defenses as the Bulls finished among the NCAA's top-25 units in total defense four times. The Bulls also ranked among the nation's top-25 three times in team tackles for a loss (2010, 2011 and 2013) and as high as fourth in total sacks (2011).
In addition to his coaching duties, Patrick was also honored for his work on the recruiting trail. In 2009, Rivals named him one of the nation's top-25 recruiters, as well as the top recruiter in the Big East Conference. The recognition came after USF signed four four-star recruits, including Pierre-Paul, on National Signing Day.
"I've known Coach Doeren for some time and have always thought very highly of him," said Patrick. "The coaching world is small and you get to know who the good people are. I'm excited about being a part of his program. On top of that, I'm so glad to have the opportunity to work with a coordinator like Hux [Dave Huxtable]. He's also highly thought of by a lot of people I've worked with. Coming to NC State is a great opportunity for me and my family and I'm really looking forward to getting to Raleigh and meeting the players."
Patrick was an All-American defensive lineman during his playing career at the University of Miami, Fla., where he helped lead the Hurricanes to two National Championships with victories over Alabama in the 1990 Sugar Bowl and Nebraska in the 1992 Orange Bowl. Miami also made appearances in the Cotton and Fiesta Bowls during Patrick's career (1989-93). In 1993, Patrick was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year after leading the Hurricanes with 10 sacks.
A 1993 All-American and team MVP, Patrick finished his career with 174 total tackles and 23 sacks, the fifth highest total in program history. He was also a two-year letterwinner in track and field, throwing the shot put and discus during his junior and senior years. Patrick - whose brief stint in the NFL was hampered by shoulder injuries - was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.
Patrick graduated from Miami in 1994 with a degree in business administration. He and his wife, Rachel, have two daughters -- Grace (14) and Belle (11), who are both volleyball players.
KEVIN PATRICK COACHING EXPERIENCE
1996-98: USF Defensive Ends
1998-2008: Private Business
2008: USF Defensive Ends
2009: USF Defensive Line
2010-13: USF Defensive Tackles
2014-15: North Texas Defensive Line
2016: Texas Tech Defensive Line