Brad Lawing Hired as Carolina's DT Coach

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--Hickory, N.C., native Brad Lawing, most recently the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Michigan State, has been named North Carolina's defensive tackles coach, UNC head coach John Bunting announced on Saturday.

"Brad Lawing is a tremendous addition to our staff," Bunting said. "He is an excellent coach, a tireless recruiter and an outstanding person. He has coached college football for 20 years and I was impressed with his background as a defensive coach and as a recruiter. As a native of North Carolina, Brad is excited to be back in his home state. He knows this state very well and has recruited the Southeast at every coaching stop he's made."

Lawing, 45, comes to Carolina after coaching four seasons in East Lansing. During his tenure, the Spartans led the Big Ten in total defense during the 1999 and 2000 regular seasons. In his first season at Michigan State, the Spartans led the Big Ten (76.2 yards per game) and ranked fifth nationally in rushing defense. Lawing also played an integral part in helping Michigan State assemble one of the nation's top 20 recruiting classes each of the last three years. The 2000 recruiting class was ranked among the nation's top 10 by several publications.

"Coach Bunting invited me to be a part of the interview process with Brad Lawing," said Athletic Director Dick Baddour. "I came away from that interview very impressed with Brad's abilities as a communicator, a recruiter and a coach. He has a great deal of respect and admiration for the University of North Carolina and is excited about coaching at this institution. Brad will be a great addition to a staff that continues to do an excellent job in recruiting and coaching our student-athletes. I have a great deal of confidence in Coach Bunting and his staff and I'm looking forward to the 2003 season."

At Michigan State, Lawing was instrumental in the development of four NFL players, including All-America and first-round draft pick Julian Peterson (San Francisco 49ers, 2000), Robaire Smith (Tennessee Titans, 2000), Jace Sayler (New England Patriots, 2001) and Josh Shaw (San Francisco 49ers, 2002). Peterson was recently named to the 2003 Pro Bowl.

Lawing, 45, coached 10 years at South Carolina from 1989-98, where he tutored the defensive line and served as recruiting coordinator under Brad Scott. During his stint with the Gamecocks, he helped produce three NFL players in Corey Miller (New York Giants, 1991-98), Gerald Dixon (Oakland Raiders) and Henry Taylor (Miami Dolphins). He also coached three All-Southeastern Conference players, including nose tackle Eric Sullivan, tackle Henry Taylor and end Stacy Evans. His last three recruiting classes were ranked among the nation's top 25 by the scouting services. At USC, he recruited defensive end John Abraham, a 2003 Pro Bowl selection from the New York Jets.

Lawing began his college coaching career at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., where he spent one season with former Carolina head coach and current Texas head coach Mack Brown. He coached the defensive line for five years and the tight ends and offensive tackles for one season. Eight of his players earned all-conference honors, including Southern Conference Player of the Year Anthony Downs in 1987, and future NFL players Tommy Dawkins and Mike Frier. Over his final four seasons, the Mountaineers compiled a combined record of 34-12-2 (.729), including back-to-back Southern Conference championships in 1986 and 1987 and consecutive trips to the NCAA I-AA playoffs.

Lawing spent three years as an assistant coach at Havelock (N.C.) High School from 1980-82. He also coached baseball for two years, leading the team to the state finals in 1983.

A 1979 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College, Lawing earned a master's degree from Appalachian State in 1985. He graduated from St. Stephens High School in Hickory, N.C., in 1975.

Lawing and his wife, Laura, a native of Charlotte, have two children, Susie (18) and Will (17).

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