Former NFL assistant John Lilly will replace Tim Brewster as the tight ends coach for North Carolina football, the team confirmed in a statement Wednesday.
Lilly had the same position with the Cleveland Browns last season, and has 27 years of coaching experience. The news was first reported by The Athletic's Bruce Feldman on Tuesday.
UNC did not respond to a request for comment.
“We’re thrilled to add a coach with the quality, experience and recruiting acumen that John Lilly possesses,” head coach Mack Brown said in the statement, adding that Lilly is "very familiar with the state of North Carolina, which will allow him to hit the ground running in recruiting."
In Lilly's lone season in Cleveland, Browns tight ends produced the fourth-most TD receptions in the NFL. Before that, Lilly spent time in the college ranks at Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State, among other places.