During his signing day press conference held earlier this month, NC State head coach Chuck Amato was quick to point out the team effort required in putting together the recruiting class for 2005. One of the first names mentioned for his recruiting efforts was then-Director of Football Operations, Bob Lacivita. However, just two days after signing day, Lacivita would leave NC State and accept a similar position at the University of Florida. Coach Amato's search to find an able replacement didn't take long and he had to look no further than the Wendell Murphy Center.
While many Wolfpack fans may not have heard of Chad Jamison, he has been an integral part of NC State's football operations over the last several years.
Before coming to NC State, Jamison played defensive back for Indiana University of Pennsylvania and left the school in 1999 with a Master's Degree. While there he was coached by Frank Cignetti, father of NC State TE coach Curt Cignetti. Ironically, it also happened to be the school attended by Lacivita many years earlier. Both ties would play a role in Jamison's eventual move to NC State.
While at IUP, Jamison received a call from Curt Cignetti who was then the recruiting coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh. Cignetti, acting on the recommendation of his father, asked Jamison about joining the Panther program as a recruiting intern. However, Jamison was hesitant to move at the time as he was completing graduate school and turned down the offer. After leaving IUP, Jamison spent a year working in a state government position while holding down a coaching spot at Central Dauphine East High School in Harrisburg, Pa.
While there, Amato was announced as the new head coach at NC State and he soon filled one of his vacant coaching positions with Curt Cignetti. State decided to open a recruiting intern spot and Cignetti recalled Jamison and asked him to join the Pack program. Jamsion accepted and worked as the recruiting intern under Lacivita for the 2000 season.
Jamsion moved to a graduate assistant position with the Pack in 2001 and was responsible for the offensive scout team while continuing some duties in the recruiting office. He stayed in that role until 2003, when, due to NCAA regulations that allow a grad assistant to stay at one school for only three years, he left NC State for a one year stint at East Carolina in the same role. When Pirate head coach John Thompson was fired following the 2004 season, Jamison was not retained by new head coach Skip Holtz.
Jamison returned to NC State, where many of his contacts remained, and began his search for a new job. It didn't take long before he got the call.
"Actually it's kind of an ironic story," Jamison recently told Pack Pride. "Bob called me and told me he was going to Florida two days after signing day and wanted to know if I could come over and help carry his boxes out of his office. I drove him to his house because he had to turn in his courtesy car and as soon as I walked in the front door of his house, I got a call from coach Amato's secretary telling me to come back there because coach wanted to talk to me."
Jamsion was offered and accepted the role as NC State's interim Director of High School Relations and will be in the position for at least a year. He talked about the opportunity to return to the school that gave him his first chance at working in college football.
"Everything happens for a reason and it always helps to be in the right place at the right time," Jamison said. "This is a place where it's a good fit for me because I know everyone here. It's where I started and I'm working for the guy I really want to work for. I mean, he gave me my start in coaching."
In his new role, Jamison's efforts will be critical to NC State's recruiting efforts. He will often be the main contact between high school coaches and the Wolfpack football program. When a coach calls inquiring about NC State, more often than not he will be directed to Jamison's office.
In addition, Jamison will be the point man for all of NC State's recruiting functions- from junior day, to the spring game, all unofficial visits as well as official visits. This includes all the logistics- travel, meals, escorts, etc- required to give each prospect a flawless visit when they arrive at NC State.
Jamison will also be responsible for evaluating the various recruiting services to determine which are best. Once that is done, he ensures that film and information on each prospect gets to the appropriate recruiting coach. Jamison also makes sure that all of the top targets from the recruiting service get on the school mailing list.
Working under Jamison are recruiting secretary Natalie Thompson and recruiting intern Bryan Hooks. Thompson plays a key role in the arduous task of getting all prospect mail out in a timely fashion. This time of year that number can well exceed more than 2,000 letters a week.
While some may consider the Director of High School Relations job to be a behind-the scenes position, there's no questioning it's importance in the continued recruiting success of NC State.