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Changes coming to Dave Doeren's staff at NC State

NC State announced two additions to Dave Doeren's staff on Saturday, and sources say more changes are coming.

Co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach Des Kitchings is not anticipated to return to the staff, sources told FootballScoop on Saturday. Kitchings coordinated the offense alongside co-coordinator George McDonald (wide receivers), but Doeren is on the hunt for a new coordinator for the Wolfpack offense, sources say.

NC State finished 106th nationally in yards per play and 107th in scoring en route to a 4-8 campaign (1-7 ACC) in 2019, Doeren's seventh in Raleigh.

Additionally, NC State announced Saturday that Brian Mitchell (cornerbacks) and Joe DeForest (safeties) have joined the staff. In a corresponding move, cornerbacks coach George Barlow will not return to the staff.

Both Mitchell and DeForest have prior experience working with Pack defensive coordinator Tony Gibson. Mitchell spent the past four seasons at Virginia Tech, and DeForest spent the past two at USC.

"Brian Mitchell is an experienced DB coach with personal ties to Coach Gibson, the ACC and the region," said Doeren. "He has done an impressive job recruiting and developing players. Many of them have gone on to the NFL."

"Joe DeForest is an excellent teacher who also knows Tony's system and has learned from elite coaches at other Power 5 programs. He has great recruiting ties in North Carolina and Florida, along with a strong special teams background – which is crucial since all of our coaches assist Todd Goebbel with those units."

Doeren continued: "When I asked Tony who he would want to work with, these were the first names he mentioned. I'm elated that we're adding them both to the family."

Stay tuned to The Scoop as more changes arrive in Raleigh.