Bunting Adjusts Coaching Staff

CHAPEL HILL -- Following an evaluation of his coaching staff, North Carolina football head coach John Bunting announced a realignment of his assistant coaches on Monday.

Tight ends coach Ken Browning will move from recruiting coordinator to Director of High School Relations, and will continue to handle all of Carolina's summer camps and coaching clinics. Browning, a former two-time North Carolina high school coach of the year, is the longest tenured assistant coach at Carolina and one of three coaches Bunting retained from the previous staff in 2001. Browning is entering his third year as Carolina's tight ends coach.

"Kenny is such a valuable asset to our staff and he is one of the reasons we had such an outstanding recruiting class this season," said Bunting. "Not only is Kenny an outstanding teacher, but his relationships with the high school coaches of this state can not be matched. I want to continue to take advantage of that relationship. In addition, I want to put a greater emphasis on our camps and our coaching clinics, which serve to strengthen the bond between our staff and high school coaches across the Southeast. Adding the role of Director of High School Relations to our staff will be a great benefit to UNC and Kenny is the perfect person to fill that role."

Brad Lawing, who was hired in December as the defensive tackles coach, will coach the defensive line and serve as the Tar Heels' recruiting coordinator. Lawing came to Carolina with nine years of experience as a recruiting coordinator, including five seasons at South Carolina and four at Michigan State.

"Brad brings a wealth of experience as a recruiting coordinator to our staff," said Bunting. "He was impressed with our recruiting when he arrived in December, and his background will strengthen our recruiting ability. I also think he will help our young players along the defensive line develop as a cohesive unit."

James Webster, who coached defensive ends the past two seasons, has been elevated to Special Teams Coordinator and will continue to serve as Bunting's Assistant Head Coach. Defensive backs coach Jim Fleming was the special teams coordinator last year. He will continue to work with the Tar Heel secondary.

"I realize we have struggled on special teams in the last two seasons and I want to put a greater emphasis on that area in the future," said Bunting. "I wanted one person in control who's sole responsibility was to work with our special teams. Webster and I played beside each other at North Carolina and I feel he is the best fit for this position."

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