DENTON, Texas– The University of North Texas has named Seth Littrell as its 19th head football coach, University President Neal Smatresk and Director of Athletics Rick Villarreal announced Saturday.
Littrell, 37, one of the brightest offensive minds in college football, comes to North Texas after serving as the assistant head coach for offense and tight ends at North Carolina. The Muskogee, Oklahoma native will be the youngest coach in Conference USA and fifth youngest in the nation when he coaches his first game.Littrell will be introduced to the media at a press conference on Monday at 12:30 p.m.
The dynamic mind of Littrell has turned the North Carolina offense in 2015 into one of the nation’s best, as the Tar Heels have set school records for most points and touchdowns in a season. The Tar Heels won the ACC Coastal Division Championship and played in their first ACC Championship game.
North Carolina scored over 30 points nine times in 2015, topped the 40-point mark seven times and scored over 50 points in four games, which is a school record. Through 12 games, UNC is averaging 41.2 points a game, which is 11th in the nation.
Under the guidance of Littrell, quarterback Marquise Williams has a set a new school record for career touchdowns (90) and total offense at North Carolina.
In 2015 with Littrell, the UNC offense averaged 7.46 yards per play, which is second in the nation, and ran the ball for 6.0 yards a carry, which ranks third in the country. UNC is one of just 11 schools in the nation averaging more than 200 yards rushing (229.7) and 250 yards passing (266.0). This season UNC has rushed for over 200 yards eight times and had over 500 yards of total offense in four games, including 704 yards in a 66-31 win over Duke.
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In his first season in Chapel Hill in 2014, Littrell helped Carolina establish several school records, including most passing yards, most passing touchdowns and most first downs. Williams was a second-team all-conference pick after leading the Tar Heels to a bowl game in his first year as the starter, and set several individual school records, including most rushing yards and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. Carolina gained more than 5,000 yards in Littrell’s first season as the play-caller and averaged 429.8 yards per contest.
Littrell came to Chapel Hill from Indiana where he guided one of the most prolific offenses in the country. Indiana finished ninth in the nation in total offense in 2013, averaging 508.5 yards per game. The Hoosiers were 17th in passing offense (306.7 avg.) and 30th in rushing offense (201.8). Indiana was one of only three teams to average more than 300 yards passing and 200 yards rushing.
Under Littrell’s guidance in 2013, Indiana set single-season records with 6,102 total yards, (508.5 ypg), 461 points, (38.4 ppg), 36 passing touchdowns, 62 total touchdowns and 300 first downs. Tight end Ted Bolser thrived in his system, setting IU career records for receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns by a tight end.
Bolser and wide receiver Cody Latimer were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. Latimer was taken in the second round (56th overall) by the Denver Broncos, while Bolser went in the seventh round to Washington.
In Littrell’s first season as Indiana’s offensive coordinator in 2012, the Hoosiers led the Big Ten and ranked 17th nationally in passing offense (311.2). They finished second in the conference in total offense (442.0) and fourth in scoring offense (30.8).
North Texas Athletics would like to welcome new Head @MeanGreenFB Coach Seth Littrell. https://t.co/kbW9JyNtJa pic.twitter.com/YvAm8QSDCE— Mean Green Athletics (@MeanGreenSports) December 6, 2015
Prior to his stint at Indiana, Littrell coached three seasons at Arizona, where his 2011 offense ranked third nationally in passing offense (370.8) and 15th in total offense (465.2).
He served as offensive coordinator in 2011 and coached tight ends and H-backs. He was co-offensive coordinator in 2010 and coached running backs and tight ends in both 2009 and 2010.
Three of his Arizona players were selected in the NFL draft: tight end Rob Gronkowski (New England - 2010 second round), quarterback Nick Foles (Philadelphia - 2012 third round) and wide receiver Juron Criner (Oakland - 2012 fifth round).
Prior to Arizona, Littrell served four years as running backs coach at Texas Tech (2005-08) under Mike Leach. The 2008 Red Raiders rushed for 119 rushing yards per game, the highest total in the Leach era. Running back Shannon Woods earned All-Big 12 Conference honors in 2006 after averaging 6.1 yards per carry and snagging 75 receptions, totaling a top 15 national figure of 139 all-purpose yards per game.
Littrell began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Kansas from 2002-04. The Jayhawks played in the 2003 Tangerine Bowl.
Littrell has coached in seven bowl games, played in two and was team captain on Oklahoma’s 2000 national championship team. He was a four-year letterwinner at Oklahoma where he rushed for 231 yards and seven touchdowns in 1999 and finished his career with 11 rushing scores.
The Muskogee, Oklahoma, native graduated from Oklahoma with a degree in communications in 2001.
Littrell and his wife, Becca, have a son, Tripp, and a daughter, Elle.
Seth Littrell Coaching Year-By-Year
2016 - North Texas Head Coach
2014-15 - North Carolina Assistant Head Coach for Offense/Tight Ends
2012-13 - Indiana Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends/Fullbacks
2011 - Arizona Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends/H-Backs
2010 - Arizona Co-Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs/Tight Ends
2009 - Arizona Running Backs & Tight Ends Coach
2005-08 - Texas Tech Running Backs Coach
2002-04 - Kansas Graduate Assistant