N.C. State has hired Des Kitchings as its new running backs coach, the school announced on Thursday.
Kitchings spent the 2011 season at Air Force and previously worked at Vanderbilt. He replaces Everette Sands, who left after one season on Tom O'Brien's Wolfpack staff for South Carolina.
From the N.C. State release:
“We are very fortunate to have Des Kitchings join our program,” said O’Brien. “He will be a great addition to our staff both on and off the field. Not only does he have great experience as a coach, but he will also be an asset for us in recruiting because of his familiarity with and his ability to recruit the states of South Carolina and Georgia.”
Air Force ranked third nationally in rushing last season, averaging 314.8 yard per game. The Falcons also finished third nationally with 43 rushing touchdowns.
Prior to his year at Air Force, Kitchings was the running backs coach at Vanderbilt from 2008-10, serving as offensive coordinator in 2010. Kitchings was also the program’s running game coordinator and co-special teams coordinator while on the Commodores’ staff.