UNC Announces Hiring of Shoop

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. ----- University of North Carolina head coach Butch Davis has named John Shoop as the Tar Heels' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Shoop comes to Chapel Hill after serving two seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He was Oakland's quarterbacks coach in 2005, the tight ends coach in 2006 and was elevated to offensive coordinator for the final five games of the 2006 season.

"I developed a great amount of admiration and respect for John's coaching and teaching abilities after coaching against him and watching him grow from an assistant to a coordinator in the NFL," says Davis. "He not only does an excellent job tutoring the quarterback position, but he develops offenses that emphasize the playmaking ability of the team's personnel. He and I agree that we want an aggressive and balanced offense that will attract playmakers and compete for a championship."

"I'm thrilled to be at the University of North Carolina and working for Coach Davis," says Shoop. "Our goal will be to develop an attacking offense that can compete at the highest level. With the proper mix of academic integrity and athletic excellence, I believe North Carolina has everything necessary to compete for a championship. I look forward to the challenge. My family and I are excited to join the Chapel Hill community."

Shoop, 37, spent the 2004 season as quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under head coach Jon Gruden. He worked five seasons (1999-2003) for the Chicago Bears under head coach Dick Jauron, including three as the offensive coordinator (2001-03). Shoop was promoted to Chicago's offensive coordinator position after spending the 1999-2000 seasons as the Bears quarterbacks coach.

In his first season as the coordinator in Chicago, Shoop revitalized the Chicago offense and helped lead the Bears to the NFC Central Division title with a 13-3 record. That season, tailback Anthony Thomas earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors after setting a Bears' rookie rushing record with 1,183 yards, and quarterback Jim Miller had his most productive season as a pro.

Under Shoop's direction in 2002, the Bears offense produced Pro Bowl wide receiver Marty Booker, who became the first Chicago receiver to earn all-star game honors since 1971.

Prior to joining the Bears, Shoop spent four seasons with the Carolina Panthers, where he began his NFL coaching career. Shoop was an offensive quality control assistant for the Panthers in 1995-96 where he was a member of a staff that led the team to the NFL Championship Game in 1996. He was then promoted to quarterbacks coach, serving in that capacity for Carolina from 1997-98.

Shoop began his coaching career as a volunteer quarterbacks coach at Dartmouth in 1991, then served as a graduate assistant at Vanderbilt from 1992-94, where he also earned a master's degree in education.

A native of Oakmont, Pa., Shoop graduated from the University of the South in 1991, where he played quarterback for four seasons.

Shoop and his wife Marcia have a son, Sidney (6), and a daughter, Mary Elizabeth (2).

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