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NCSU's Tom O'Brien hires offensive staff

Posted Friday, January 5, 2007

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Raleigh, NC - NC State head football coach Tom O'Brien has announced that all four of his offensive assistants from Boston College will join him in Raleigh. That group directed the Eagle offense that led the ACC in total yards in 2005 and ranked second in 2006. Boston College also led the league in passing offense this past season.

“I am extremely humbled and gratified that my entire offensive staff would join me at NC State,” said O’Brien. “These four coaches bring a wealth of experience on the offensive side of the football and under Dana Bible’s direction have fielded an offense that has been at the top of the ACC for the past two years. I look forward to working with them as we move toward our goal of bringing a championship football team to NC State.”

Bible will serve as the Wolfpack’s offensive coordinator and will coach the quarterbacks and wide receivers. This will mark the 31-year coaching veteran’s second stint at NC State, as he also coached the quarterbacks and wide receivers for head coach Tom Reed from 1983-85. Bible, who has spent the last eight seasons with O’Brien at BC, coached Wolfpack greats Erik Kramer, Haywood Jeffires, Naz Worthen and Danny Peebles during his earlier time in Raleigh. At BC, Bible coached Matt Ryan, who was the 2006 first-team All-ACC quarterback.

Don Horton will mentor the offensive line after spending the last 10 seasons at Boston College, where he spent four years with the OL and six as tight ends coach. The 25-year coaching vet coached the 2006 ACC Jacobs’ Blocking Trophy recipient (Josh Beekman).

Coaching the Wolfpack tight ends will be Jim Bridge, who has been on the BC staff for the past four seasons. Bridge is a 15-year veteran of the coaching ranks.

Jason Swepson will lead the Wolfpack’s talented group of running backs after serving in that same position at BC for the past eight years. Under Swepson’s guidance, an Eagle back rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his first five season at the school. He has been in coaching for 15 years.
 

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Dana Bible (Cincinnati ‘76)
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers
31 years in coaching

Dana Bible returns to NC State after spending the past eight seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks/wide receivers coach at Boston College. Bible coached both of those positions at NC State under Tom Reed for three seasons in the 80s. During his earlier stint with the Wolfpack, he coached Wolfpack greats Erik Kramer, Haywood Jeffires, Naz Worthen and Danny Peebles.

In 2005, Boston College led the ACC in total offense, averaging 387.8 yards per game, while the 2006 Eagles ranked second in the league with 355.6 yards per contest and led the ACC in passing yards at 241.2. The 2006 squad also posted the league’s best turnover margin at 1.15 and led the league in first downs. BC quarterback Matt Ryan was named first-team All-ACC in 2006.

Prior to his stint at BC, Bible spent a year as the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles (1998). He served as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Stanford University from 1995-97. While he was at Stanford, the Cardinal finished third in the Pac-10 and defeated Michigan State in the Sun Bowl (1996). He was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at the University of Cincinnati in 1994 and from 1990-92 was quarterbacks coach for the Cincinnati Bengals, which won the AFC Central Division championship and advanced to the playoffs in 1990.

Bible has coached numerous players who have gone on to play professional football, including Brian St. Pierre (Pittsburgh Steelers); Chad Hutchinson (Chicago Bears); Tim Hasselbeck (New York Giants); Erik Kramer (Chicago Bears); Haywood Jeffries (Houston Oilers); Todd Husak (New York Jets); Dan McGwire (Seattle Seahawks); Patrick Rowe (Cleveland Browns); Naz Worthen (Kansas City Chiefs); Alfred Jenkins (Baltimore Ravens); Danny Peebles (Cleveland Browns); Danny Barrett (British Columbia Lions) and Ray Rowe (Washington Redskins).

The 53-year-old also served as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Miami University (1989); offensive coordinator/quarterbacks/wide receivers coach at San Diego State (1986-88), quarterbacks/receivers coach at NC State (1983-85); wide receivers coach at Miami University (1981), and quarterbacks coach and graduate assistant at the University of Cincinnati (1976-80).

Bible has coached in 11 collegiate bowl games, including the 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl, the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl, the 2004 Continental Tire Bowl, the 2003 Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl, the 2002 Motor City Bowl, the 2001 Music City Bowl, the 2000 Aloha Bowl and the 1999 Insight.com Bowl with BC, the 1996 Sun Bowl and the 1995 Liberty Bowl with Stanford and the 1986 Holiday Bowl with San Diego State. In 2000, Bible was nominated for the Frank Broyles Award, given to the top assistant coach in the country.

A three-year starter at cornerback for Cincinnati (1972-75), Bible earned his BA in 1976 and his MBA in 1982. He was the leading scorer in the Greater Cincinnati League at St. Xavier High School as a running back and also served as team captain.

Bible and his wife, Nancy, have two children, Adele and Logan.


Jim Bridge (Wittenberg ‘92)
Tight Ends
15 years in coaching

Jim Bridge will coach the tight ends at NC State after spending the past four seasons mentoring that same position at Boston College.

Boston College led the ACC in total offense in 2005 and ranked second in the league this past season. The 2006 Eagles also led the league in first downs and passing offense.

Prior to joining the Boston College staff prior to the 2003 campaign, Bridge spent 2002 as the offensive line coach at Eastern Michigan University. In 2001, he worked as a graduate assistant coach at The Ohio State University and in 2000 coached the tight ends at Bowling Green State. He also had coaching stints at The Citadel, where he was the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator from 1996-99, and Virginia, where he worked as a graduate assistant from 1994-95.

Bridge coached in bowl games all four of his years at Boston College, including the 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl, the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl, the 2004 Continental Tire Bowl and the 2003 Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl. He also served on the coaching staff of four other bowl teams.

The Cleveland, Ohio, native played tight end at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in history in 1992. He joined the BGSU staff as a graduate assistant football coach from 1992-93 and completed work on his Master’s degree at Bowling Green in 1994.

The 37-year-old Bridge and his wife, Andrea, have two children: daughter Anna Claire (3) and son Ryan (1).


Don Horton (Wittenberg ‘82)
Offensive Line
25 years in coaching

Don Horton will coach the offensive line for the Wolfpack after spending the past 10 seasons on the Boston College staff. He spent the last four seasons coaching that position for the Eagles and worked with the tight ends for the previous six campaigns.

In 2006, Horton coached BC guard Josh Beekman, who won first-team All-ACC honors, as well as the league’s prestigious Jacobs’ Blocking Trophy. One of his tackles, Jim Marten, earned second-team honors. In 2005, three BC offensive linemen – offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood, Beekman and center Patrick Ross – all earned second-team all-conference honors. Horton helped coach Ross and Trueblood to the All-Big East second team in 2004 and offensive guards Chris Snee and Augie Hoffmann to the All-Big East first team in 2003. Previously he helped coach Eagle tight end Sean Ryan to the All-Big East second team in 2002, Robert Ellis to the All-Big East second team in 2000 and Todd Pollack to the All-Big East first team in 1997.

Before joining Tom O'Brien’s staff in 1997, Horton served as the offensive coordinator at Southern Illinois from 1994-97, also coaching the Salukis’ offensive line during that period. Prior to his stint at SIU, he was the offensive line coach at Ohio University (1992-93) and served stints as the offensive coordinator at Capital University (1990-91) and Wittenberg University (1988-89).

Horton has coached in nine bowl games, including the 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl, the 2005 MPC Computers bowl, the 2004 Continental Tire Bowl, the 2003 Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl, the 2002 Motor City Bowl, the 2001 Music City Bowl, the 2000 Aloha Bowl and the 1999 Insight.com Bowl. He also coached in the 1982 Holiday Bowl as a member of the Ohio State staff.

A 1982 graduate of Wittenberg, Horton was a three-year starter on the offensive line. He earned his master’s degree in physical education from Ohio State in 1983, where he served as a graduate assistant coach for the Buckeyes’ offensive line. While he was on staff, the Buckeyes played in the 1982 Holiday Bowl.

The 48-year-old began his full-time coaching career as tackle and tight ends coach at New Mexico State (1984-85) before taking another graduate assistantship at Virginia from 1986 through 1987. He also was the head coach at Norfolk Catholic (Va.) High School before returning to the collegiate ranks in 1988.

Horton and his wife, Maura, have a daughter, Hayes (3-1/2).


Jason Swepson (Boston College ‘92)
Running Backs
15 years in coaching

Jason Swepson comes with Tom O'Brien to NC State to coach the talented Wolfpack running backs after spending the past eight seasons coaching that same position at his alma mater - Boston College.

BC led the ACC in total offense in 2005 and ranked second in the league in 2006. Under Swepson’s guidance, running backs L.V. Whitworth and Andre Callender combined for 1,515 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in 2005. In 2004, the duo combined for 1,260 yards and a third, A.J. Brooks, rushed for 319. A Boston College running back rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of Swepson’s first five years at BC, including Cedric Washington (1999), William Green (2000, 2001) and Derrick Knight (2002 and 2003), who became BC’s all-time leading rusher.

In 2001, Green was the second-leading rusher in the country with 1,559 yards, the second-highest single-season total in school history. He finished his collegiate career ranked third all-time on the BC rushing list with 2,974 yards. He was a consensus first-team All-America selection.

Swepson also worked with Green in 2000, when he gained 1,164 yards on the ground and earned All-BIG EAST first-team honors. In 1999, Washington gained 1,122 yards on the ground and earned All-BIG EAST first-team honors.

The 36-year-old came to BC in 1999 from Northeastern University, where he coached running backs for two seasons (1997-98). He spent one year as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Holy Cross (1996), was the wide receivers coach at Boston University from 1994-95, coached tight ends and tackles at the University of Rhode Island in 1993 and coached the running backs at Bates College in 1992.

Swepson has coached in eight bowl games, including the 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl, the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl, the 2004 Continental Tire Bowl, the 2003 Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl, the 2002 Motor City Bowl, the 2001 Music City Bowl, the 2000 Aloha Bowl and the 1999 Insight.com Bowl.

A 1992 Boston College graduate, Swepson played both running back and wide receiver for the Eagles. He was a two-time winner of the BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Week in 1991.

A native of Seekonk, Mass., he has been inducted into the Seekonk Hall of Fame and was a high school All-American in both football and track. He and his wife Tanya are the parents of two daughters, Kiana (9) and Nadia (1).

 
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