Disch No Longer on Staff

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach Dan Disch will not return for a fourth season in 2015. He was let go on Thursday morning, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Disch is the third defensive coach to be removed from head coach Larry Fedora’s staff since the end of the 2014 regular season. Former associate head coach for defense Vic Koenning left the program in early December and promptly accepted the defensive coordinator position at Troy. Former linebackers coach Ron West was let go in January.

UNC ranked fifth in the ACC in scoring defense in 2012 (25.7 ppg) and sixth in 2013 (24.5 ppg) before allowing a school-record 39.0 points per game in 2014. Disch’s position group intercepted eight passes for 157 return yards last season. Senior cornerback Tim Scott led the team with 78 tackles.

Disch was initially hired by Fedora in 2011 as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Southern Miss, where he installed his version of the 4-2-5. Under Disch’s direction, the Golden Eagles ranked seventh nationally in pass efficiency defense and 22nd in rushing defense in helping the program deliver a school-record 12 victories. His Southern Miss defense set an NCAA record with eight interceptions returned for touchdowns.

UNC recently announced the hiring of defensive coordinator Gene Chizik and defensive assistant John Papuchis. Disch's job has yet to be filled.

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