Baker To Join UNC Staff

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- North Carolina has reached an agreement with Brian Baker to become its defensive line coach, according to a source familiar with the situation.

North Carolina identified the former Carolina Panthers defensive line coach as a top target towards the end of the 2010 NFL season. The Panthers announced in a news release that the contracts of head coach John Fox and his staff would not be renewed after the season finale at Atlanta on Sunday.

Baker was in Chapel Hill earlier this week to further negotiations. An official announcement is expected in the coming days.

The former Maryland linebacker (1981-83) coached for 15 years in the NFL after spending his first 12 years coaching at the college level, including 11 seasons in the ACC. Baker served as Maryland's outside linebackers coach in 1984-85 before taking the fullbacks coach job at Army in 1986. The Baltimore, Md. native then coached the outside linebackers at Georgia Tech from 1987-95, helping the Yellow Jackets win the national championship in 1990, and added defensive coordinator duties in 1995.

The San Diego Chargers hired Baker as their defensive line coach in 1996. He then coached the DL for four seasons in Detroit (1997-2000) before splitting duties on the defensive line (2001, 2004-05) and with the linebackers (2002-03) at Minnesota. Baker spent the next three seasons coaching the DL for the St. Louis Rams, and then joined the Panthers' staff as the defensive line coach in 2009.

He has coached four defensive linemen - Kevin Williams, Robert Porcher, Luther Elliss and Julius Peppers - to six different Pro Bowls.

Baker replaces Charlie Coiner, who was given a "temporary appointment" as UNC's defensive line coach 10 days after John Blake resigned from that same position on Sept. 5, citing that his "presence has become a distraction to my family and to this great University."

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