BOONE — Appalachian State has another assistant football coaching position to fill.
Coach Eliah Drinkwitz announced on Wednesday that Buddy Wyatt, a defensive assistant who was slated to coach the Mountaineers’ defensive line, resigned to pursue another opportunity. Drinkwitz said Wyatt would be joining “another institution,” but he could not comment further.
“I will be hiring a replacement A.S.A.P,” Drinkwitz said.
Wyatt is the third coach to leave App State after recently joining Drinkwitz’s staff.
Dorsey spent five seasons as the quarterbacks coach of the Carolina Panthers from 2013 to 2017. Before joining the staff at App State, he spent a season as an assistant athletic director at Florida International.
Wyatt’s departure gives Drinkwitz two open positions on his staff — one offensive and one defensive. The Mountaineers are looking for a D-line replacement as well as a coach to oversee running backs.
Drinkwitz said he is working through a list of candidates for running backs coach, but he wanted to get through National Signing Day before making his next staff addition.
“I hate it for our players,” Drinkwitz said. “That’s the thing that bothers me the most, is the fact that they’re having to go through the uncertainty again. But it is a part, a natural part, unfortunately of college football right now.”
Wyatt pieced together a career of working with Power-Five schools. He’s coached at Minnesota (1992-1995), Oklahoma State (1996), Northwestern (1997-1998), Colorado (1999), Texas A&M (2000-2002, 2008-2009), Alabama (2003-2006), and Kansas (2010-2014).
Drinkwitz pointed out that while they were here, the now-departed coaches were invested in the program. And though the circumstances are unfortunate, Drinkwitz said he’s experienced no frustration regarding the positions that have reopened.
“Here’s the thing for me: the team, the team, the team, for me, comes first,” Drinkwitz said. “And I want what’s best for Appalachian State football and our kids first.
“And so, is it ideal? No. Is it frustrating? No. Because adversity always presents a great opportunity. So this is just another opportunity for us to incorporate somebody else into the Appalachian State family.”