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OL Coach Chris Kapilovic Promoted to OC

Kapilovic is Larry Fedora's longest-tenured assistant coach.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of North Carolina announced on Wednesday that offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic has been promoted to offensive coordinator.

Kapilovic served as UNC’s associate head coach and co-offensive coordinator in addition to his offensive line coaching duties in 2015. There has been no indication from the school if Kapilovic will retain his associate head coach title.

The school also announced that quarterbacks coach Keith Heckendorf, who called the offensive plays in UNC’s Russell Athletic Bowl matchup with Baylor, has been promoted to passing game coordinator.

Kapilovic, who is entering his ninth year on Larry Fedora’s coaching staff, was elevated to co-offensive coordinator in 2014 after serving as the run game coordinator in 2012-13, a position he also held at Southern Miss in 2010-11.

The announcement comes five days after Fedora finalized his coaching staff by hiring former Tar Heel running back Chad Scott to coach tight ends, thereby filling the vacant spot left by former assistant head coach for offense Seth Littrell, who accepted the North Texas head coaching job following UNC’s ACC Championship Game appearance.

Fedora has been adamant that his offense will not change regardless of who’s calling plays, which allows for an easy transition with Kapilovic, who is Fedora’s longest-tenured assistant.

Fedora told reporters in December the response to the open offensive coordinator position had been “overwhelming” due to the success of the offense (UNC averaged 40.7 ppg in ‘15) and the fact that Littrell and former offensive coordinator Blake Anderson, who is now at Arkansas State, both landed heading coaching gigs.

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