Tranquill Retires As Carolina's OC

Chapel Hill, N.C. - University of North Carolina offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Gary Tranquill will retire from coaching after serving five seasons at North Carolina and 44 seasons overall. He plans to remain on the staff through February 1.

"I met with Gary after the season and he told me this time it was official," said head coach John Bunting, who hired Tranquill to lead the offensive staff in 2001. "Gary has done a masterful job with our program and I can't thank him enough for all that he has meant to this program, to college football and to me personally."

"I enjoyed coaching at North Carolina and working with Coach Bunting and the student-athletes," said Tranquill. "John gave me every opportunity to continue working here for years to come, but I'm ready to retire from coaching. I'm looking forward to spending time with my family."

Tranquill coached some of the top quarterbacks in school history, including Ronald Curry, Darian Durant and 2005 senior Matt Baker, and the Tar Heels set numerous passing records during his tenure.

Durant established 51 school records under Tranquill's tutelage, including career marks for pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards and total yards of offense. In Durant's senior season in 2004, Carolina finished second in the ACC with 390.7 yards per game and had a balanced attack with 214 yards passing and 176 rushing.

Baker, who sat patiently behind Durant for three seasons, finished 2005 with 2,345 passing yards and 2,311 total yards of offense, the fourth- and fifth-best marks in single-season history, respectively.

In 2001, Tranquill designed an offense that took advantage of the skills of both Curry and Durant by rotating both quarterbacks throughout the game. Carolina won all eight games that season in which the quarterbacks rotated and set a school record with 25 touchdown passes. That year, Carolina went 8-5 and beat Auburn 16-10 in the Peach Bowl.

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