BOONE — Appalachian State University will have to replace its offensive line coach and running game coordinator after Dwayne Ledford accepted the same position at N.C. State University.
Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren announced the hiring on Thursday morning of the former NFL offensive lineman. Ledford played for seven seasons in the NFL, including seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints.
Ledford, who is a native of Marion, North Carolina and played college football at East Carolina, spent the previous four seasons at the offensive line coach at App State and took over the run game coordinator position three seasons ago.
“I’m very pleased to add Coach Ledford to our staff,” said Doeren. “His o-lines have not only been aggressive in the run game, but have also been among the best in the country at protecting the quarterback. He’s a tremendous teacher who gets the most out of his players and his seven years of NFL experience will help him provide great insight to our guys.”
Ledford’s offensive line at Appalachian was one of the best in the country this season, ranking fourth in the nation in fewest sacks allowed while the team ranked sixth in the nation in rushing yards per game, gaining over 271 yards per game on the ground.
“As a North Carolina native and former Raleigh resident, I have followed and admired NC State’s football program throughout my life,” said Ledford. “The opportunity to join the program, especially under the leadership of Coach Doeren, is an exciting opportunity that I feel fortunate to be given. My conversations with the coaching staff have been positive and left me excited about what lies ahead.”
Before arriving at Appalachian State, Ledford spent one season as the o-line coach at Gardner-Webb in 2011 and one season as the o-line coach at Tennessee State in 2010. During the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Ledford was a graduate assistant at his alma mater, ECU. Ledford also spent time coaching in NFL Europe as a tight end and offensive line coach in 2006 and 2007.
With National Signing Day just three weeks away, the Mountaineers will be expected to move fast in finding a replacement for the talented, up-and-coming coach.
“We wish Coach Ledford nothing but the very best. He has been a big part of our recent success and will be missed both professionally and personally,” said Satterfield in a statement issued Thursday afternoon. “A lot of great coaches have already expressed interest in joining our staff and we expect to have the position filled quickly.”
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