Just a few months after a strong 2019 season, North Carolina head football coach Mack Brown has been busy preparing for the upcoming spring game in the middle of an offseason filled with high expectations alongside many adjustments.
The Tar Heels have had two recent coaching changes in the offseason. After former tight ends coach Tim Brewster left for Florida, North Carolina hired John Lilly, a 27-year coaching veteran who last coached in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns.
“He’s recruited North Carolina, he’s recruited Georgia, he’s recruited Florida, so it fits our footprint in recruiting," Brown said. "He’s been a recruiting coordinator, so obviously he’s very, very good at it."
Jovan Dewitt has also joined the coaching staff as the new special teams coordinator, taking the place of Scott Boone. Dewitt has been a linebackers coach for 11 years and previously served as the special teams coordinator at Nebraska and associate head coach at Central Florida. He coached for Army in 2014 and 2015, where he worked alongside the Tar Heels' co-defensive coordinator, Jay Bateman.
“He knows this defense," Brown said. "He knows Coach Bateman, he knows what we’re looking for. He, Jay and the other three guys should really be able to just start in spring like it’s their second year.”