Northwestern reportedly looking for 'special assistant' to join staff, talking to ex-head coaches
Northwestern is looking to hire a “special assistant” for interim head coach David Braun, according to a report.
That’s per ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, who noted that longtime college head coach Skip Holtz is under consideration for the role. Former Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt also confirmed he has spoken to Northwestern, but withdrew his name from consideration.
Sources tell ESPN that Northwestern has explored options for a special assistant to interim coach David Braun. Former longtime college coach Skip Holtz, now head coach of the USFL's Birmingham Stallions, is an option. This would fill the vacant spot on the coaching staff. https://t.co/GYNJz20lzd
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) July 20, 2023
Northwestern has 1 vacant coaching position on staff as a result of Pat Fitzgerald’s dismissal.
Holtz most recently coached Louisiana Tech for 9 seasons from 2013-21. He also has head coaching experience at South Florida, East Carolina and UConn. He’s currently the head coach of the Birmingham Stallions of the USFL.
Braun was named the interim head coach earlier this month, but he does not have any previous head coaching experience.
Braun joined Northwestern’s program earlier this offseason. He spent the previous 4 years as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at North Dakota State. He’s also spent time as an assistant coach at Northern Iowa, UC Davis, Winona State and Culver-Stockton.
Northwestern opens the season against Rutgers on Sunday, Sept. 3.