Update >> App State has issued a press release announcing the hire.
In the release Gus Malzahn is quoted as saying, “Appalachian State is not only getting a great coach, but an even better person. Eliah has a true gift to get the most out of his players on and off the field and will lead his team with great character and integrity. I’m very proud of him and excited to see the great things to come for Appalachian State Football.”
NC State offensive coordinator Eli Drinkwitz will be App State’s new head coach reports Ethan Joyce. Sources tell FootballScoop the hire will become official today.
Drinkwitz has been the offensive coordinator for Dave Doeren at NC State since 2016.
His college coaching journeys started after a stint as the offensive coordinator at Springdale HS (AR) from 2006-09, when he landed a quality control spot on the Auburn staff in 2010. That season turned out to be a special one as the Tigers went on to go 14-0, winning the SEC and the national title.
From there, he joined the Arkansas State staff in 2012 and worked under Gus Malzahn and then Bryan Harsin, initially coaching the running backs before adding the co-offensive coordinator title in 2013. In 2014 he followed Harsin to Boise State, where he began coaching the tight ends before being promoted to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2015. Doeren brought him to NC State heading into the 2016 season to run the Wolf Pack offense.
That first season with the Wolf Pack saw the program post single-season numbers that ranked in the top 10 in school history in nine different categories. App State is securing one of the young up and coming play callers in the coaching profession with this hire, and he’s taking over a ten-win team that is losing only four full-time starters heading into the 2019 season.
Drink’s offenses have put up some impressive numbers everywhere he’s been, and as we point out in a tweet below, Gus Malzahn is one of his biggest believers.
As always stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest coaching job information.
Yesterday I was checking with past winners of our awards about OC of the Year. Gus Malzahn didn’t understand how we didn’t have Drink as a finalist. Gus believes in him. https://t.co/EUUvm6LWJQ
— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) December 13, 2018
App State press release confirms the hiring of Eliah Drinkwitz.
Also, it’s got some serious name recognition in the quotes from Drinkwitz’s peers: pic.twitter.com/4R6qwU9YTC
— Ethan Joyce (@EthanJoyceWSJ) December 13, 2018