Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren holds the Mid-American Conference championship trophy after his team defeated Kent State 44-37 in double overtime in an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Dave Doeren is leaving Northern Illinois to take over at North Carolina State.
N.C. State announced Doeren's hiring Saturday — less than 24 hours after he guided the 19th-ranked Huskies to their second consecutive Mid-American Conference championship, and just six days after the Wolfpack fired Tom O'Brien.
Doeren claimed a MAC title both years he has been a head coach and is 23-4 since taking over the Huskies before the 2011 season with a 17-1 record in conference play.
N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow calls Doeren "a highly motivated overachiever."
Doeren — who turns 41 on Monday — replaces O'Brien, who was fired following six inconsistent seasons and no Atlantic Coast Conference title-game appearances with the Wolfpack.