In 1980, future Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was a 17-year-old student at Bishop Boyle High School in Homestead, Pa. Future New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was a first-year linebackers coach/special teams coordinator with the New York Giants, future Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was a freshman strong safety at Wyoming, and future Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was a first-year defensive coordinator at N.C. State.
We don’t have photos of three of our NFL Final Four coaches from that time, but we do for Carroll and, man, is it spectacular.
Yes, that’s Monte Kiffin in the center as the Wolfpack’s head coach. On the far right is defensive ends coach and future Cincinnati head coach Rick Minter.
Kiffin and his first-year staff led N.C. State to a 6-5 mark that fall. They would go 4-7 and 6-5 in the following years before being let go after the 1982 season in favor of Miami (Ohio) head coach Tom Reed. Reed was also fired after three straight 3-8 seasons. A lifetime college coach to that point, Kiffin jumped to the NFL after leaving Raleigh and later became one of the league’s best defensive coordinators.
Carroll, by the way, worked as Pacific’s offensive coordinator for a season before zig-zagging his way through the NFL beginning in 1984.
Thanks to @PackFootball for uncovering this. Here’s hoping Dave Doeren repeats history with next season’s staff photo.