Dave Doeren decided to promote from within to fill the offensive coordinator vacancy on his staff. Running backs coach Des Kitchings and wide receivers coach George McDonald will share offensive coordinating duties moving forward. They will remain those position coaches as well.
Kitchings has actually been at NC State longer than Dave Doeren—Kitchings was hired by Tom O’Brien in 2012—and has earned the opportunity to call plays. He is one of the best recruiters on the staff and has been coveted by other schools. And he had accepted the head coaching position at Furman in 2016 before changing his mind.
He’s had lots of options because of his ability to recruit, so the added financial commitment (I’m assuming) that comes with this promotion is a pretty good idea on Doeren’s part. Kitchings is an essential part of the staff.
McDonald has paid his dues, too—this is his fourth year in Raleigh, and he also got some experience calling plays when he was coaching at Syracuse. (That didn’t end well, but then again, Syracuse was a disaster back then.)
This move is consistent with what Dave Doeren said earlier in the week, that he’s not going to overhaul or otherwise change the program’s approach on offense. Kitchings and McDonald know by know exactly what Doeren expects from his offense. And having co-offensive coordinators is hardly unique to NC State—Clemson, for one, has had co-OCs for several years now. If Doeren’s comfortable with this arrangement, you should be, too.