UNC football adds Ron West as co-defensive coordinator

Feb. 14, 2013 @ 10:00 PM

North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora has hired Ron West as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

West, who coached with Fedora at Baylor and fellow defensive coaches Vic Koenning and Dan Disch at Illinois, comes to Chapel Hill after a year at Arizona State where he served as the Sun Devils’ co-defensive coordinator.

“Ron is familiar with our staff and he brings a great deal of success and experience from his previous coaching stops,” said Fedora. “He’s an excellent teacher of defensive fundamentals who gets the most out of his players. His knowledge of the ACC and ability to recruit in this area of the country will help our program.”

Fedora also named Randy Jordan as the special teams coordinator and changed responsibilities among Carolina’s defensive assistants.

Koenning, who also worked with West at Clemson (2005-08), will continue as UNC’s associate head coach for defense, but will now coach the safeties. Dan Disch continues as the defensive coordinator and will coach cornerbacks. Keith Gilmore was hired last week as defensive line coach. All four defensive coaches have worked together at some point in their careers.

A 1979 Clemson graduate, West was an assistant coach for 10 seasons (1999-2008) with the Tigers where he worked with Koenning from 2005-08. Clemson won 76 games and played in nine bowl games during his tenure.

In 2012, Arizona State finished third in the country in pass defense, allowing just 167.9 yards per game, 10th in pass efficiency defense (105.5 rating) and was 27th overall in total defense (350.7 ypg). The Sun Devils led the nation in tackles for losses, ranked second in sacks and fourth in passes intercepted. Before West’s arrival in Tempe, Arizona State was 91st in total defense, 59th in sacks and 57th in tackle for loss.

West has more than 30 years of collegiate coaching experience, including 17 on defense and nine as a coordinator. He also has coached 16 years on the offensive side of the ball. West was the outside linebackers coach at Illinois from 2010-11 and spent the 2009 season as the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Tulsa.

West implemented the Devil position at ASU, which is modeled after the Bandit, a linebacker role that he had great success with in both the Big 10 and the ACC at Illinois and Clemson, respectively. His defenses at both universities recorded top-10 national finishes in total defense.