(RALEIGH) -- After a season that was below expectations, but still good enough to earn a bowl bid, Tom O’Brien has been fired as head football coach at N.C. State after six years on the job. The official announcement was made Sunday by Athletic Director Debbie Yow.
"Coach O’Brien’s service to NC State over the last six years has been sincerely appreciated by Wolfpack Nation,” Yow said in a statement posted on the school’s athletic website.. “We especially appreciate his attention toward NCAA rules compliance, a value that will continue to be held by NC State. We wish him well in future pursuits.”
O’Brien compiled a 22-26 ACC record and was 11-19 against ACC Atlantic Division opponents (1-14 on the road and 9-5 at home).
Against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams, O’Brien’s Wolfpack was 32-35.
His overall record in six years was 40-35, which included eight wins against Football Championship Series (FCS) opponents. Among the six seasons, there was one winning ACC record, 5-3, in 2010 and a final national ranking at No. 25 the same year.
“I appreciate the opportunity to have coached at North Carolina State University and I feel that the program is in a better place now than when I started,” said O’Brien in comments also released by the school. “I’m proud of the young men that I have coached here, for their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom. Wolfpack football is as sound academically as it’s ever been with a [single year] APR of 990 to be reported this spring. I appreciate all of my coaches and wish them the best and I look forward to life after football.”
Coach Dana Bible, Offensive Coordinator, will serve as interim head coach for the upcoming bowl game. All assistants have been retained to continue bowl preparations and will have the opportunity to pursue positions with the new head coach.
A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.
O’Brien was hired from another ACC school to replace Chuck Amato.