North Carolina has hired former Buffalo Bills assistant Charlie Coiner to coach the defensive line, coach Butch Davis said on Wednesday's ACC teleconference. Coiner takes over for John Blake, who resigned amidst an NCAA investigation into improper contact with agents.
“He’s got a diverse background,” Davis said. “He started his career early on the defensive side of the football. He’s going to work with our defensive ends and our defensive tackles. We’re still in the transition area of that.”
Davis said defensive coordinator Everett Withers and linebackers coach Art Kaufman will continue to help coach the defensive line until Coiner has gained enough exposure to the program and its personnel.
“One of the real added plusses is that he brings a level of expertise with some special teams," Davis said. "It’s unrealistic to expect in a short two-or-three day period of time that we’ll see the effects of what he’ll be able to do, but he’s a good football coach. He’s smart, he’s bright, he’s got good communication skills. He’s a good teacher. He’s got a unique perspective in that he has seen an awful lot of very good football players and I think it’s a good addition.”