"Rick fits the bill perfectly for the type of assistant coach we wanted to hire," Amato said. "We saw first-hand the type of quality product he put on the field in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. His experience in recruiting will be valuable and we are excited to have someone of his quality join our staff."
"I'm extremely excited to be coming to Raleigh," Kravitz said. "This is a great opportunity for me to coach at NC State and in the ACC, and I have tremendous respect for Chuck Amato and his football program."
Senior writer Bruce Feldman of ESPN The Magazine ranked Kravitz as one of the top-5 toughest college assistants to replace among those who accepted new positions after the 2005 season. After being hired in December of 1995 at USF, Kravitz quickly developed the Bulls' defense into one of the most consistent units in college football throughout a rapid ascent into Division I-A.
The defensive coordinator from the inception of USF football, Kravitz added assistant head coach to his title in 2001, the same season he switched his emphasis to the secondary after coaching the linebackers in his first four seasons.
The USF defense finished 17th in the nation in each of the 2002 and 2003 seasons and ranked seventh against the run in 2002, allowing a stingy 87.18 yards per game. USF ranked 20th in scoring defense in 2002 and 25th in 2003. The unit has also proved opportunistic when it comes to turnovers, where the team had a number one national ranking in 2002 with 36 take-aways that included 22 interceptions and 14 fumble recoveries.
Kravitz has been a college defensive coordinator since 1986, and he joined USF from West Alabama, where he had been the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator in 1994 and 1995, after eight years as the defensive coordinator at Florida A&M, where he coached six All-Americans and 10 players drafted into the NFL. Prior to joining the college coaching ranks, Kravitz was a coach and teacher at two Pinellas County high schools from 1979-83.
A two-way player at Troy State, Kravitz competed as a defensive end and offensive tackle between 1974-76. He was a high school teammate of USF head coach Jim Leavitt at Dixie Hollins High School in St. Petersburg, Fla, graduating in 1972.
Kravitz earned a bachelor¿s degree from Troy State in physical education, in 1977. While an assistant coach at FAMU, he also earned a master's degree in administration and supervision in 1987.
Born August 6, 1954, in St. Petersburg, Fla., Kravitz has a 25-year-old daughter, Kristin, who is engaged to Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher Doug Waechter. Kravitz was recently married to the former Jo Ann Howell of Tampa, Fla.