Dennis Dottin-Carter, a standout player and former assistant coach at Delaware's Colonial Athletic Association rival University of Maine, was named the Blue Hens' defensive line coach in February, 2013. He was promoted to the position of co-defensive coordinator in March, 2014.
Dottin-Carter, now in his fifth year on the staff, was selected as Interim Head Coach on Oct. 16, 2016 after head coach Dave Brock was relieved of his duties. He led the Blue Hens for the final five weeks of the season and posted a record of 2-3, posting victories at home over Towson and on the road at Albany.
Dottin-Carter was retained on new head coach Danny Rocco's staff and will continue to lead the Blue Hen defensive linemen.
In 2015, Delaware's defense ranked No. 3 in the CAA in rushing defense (123.5/17th in NCAA), No. 3 in third-down conversion defense (.346/31st), No. 3 in scoring defense (20.5/22nd), and No. 5 in total defense (329.2/24th). Five Delaware defensive players earned All-CAA honors.
During the 2014 season, Delaware ranked No. 4 in the CAA in pass defense (197.2) and sixth in sacks (28). Under his tutelage, redshirt freshman Blaine Woodson was named the CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Dottin-Carter also played a big role in the development of 2013 All-American defensive tackle Zach Kerr, who closed out his third season with the Indianapolis Colts in 2016.
Dottin-Carter, a native of Cambridge, Mass., earned his degree in kinesiology and physical education from the University of Maine following an outstanding playing career that saw him lead the Black Bears to Atlantic 10 (now CAA) titles in 2001 and 2002. He was a first team All-Atlantic 10 selection as a linebacker in 2002 when he also was named All-New England.
Dottin-Carter began his coaching career with former head coach Jack Cosgrove at Maine in 2008 as tights ends coach and also led the fullbacks, running backs, defensive line, and special teams during his five-year tenure.
He most recently served as Maine’s defensive line and special teams coach. During his tenure, he coached five all-conference players, including All-American fullback Jared Turcotte in 2008. Maine led the CAA in scoring defense (19.5 points per game) and was fourth in sacks (22) in 2012.
Dottin-Carter served in the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship with the Atlanta Falcons in August, 2015 and did so again in 2016 with the Seattle Seahawks. The annual fellowship was launched in 1987 and is aimed to create more job opportunities for minority coaches.
“Dennis is an excellent teacher and will develop great players at Delaware,” said Robb Smith, current defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Arkansas and former linebackers coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and assistant coach at Maine. “He will demand toughness and accountability from his players while helping them to be the best that they can be on and off the field.”
THE DENNIS DOTTIN-CARTER FILE:
Born: Feb. 4, 1981
Hometown: Cambridge, Mass.
Playing Career: Maine (LB/DL/1999-2003)
Degree: Maine '06 (Kinesiology/Physical Education)
Family: Daughter, Noelle
2008 -Maine (Tight Ends)
2009 - Maine (Tight Ends/Fullbacks)
2010 - Maine (Tight Ends/Fullbacks/Running Backs)
2011 - Maine (Defensive Line)
2012 - Maine (Defensive Line/Special Teams)
2013 - Delaware (Defensive Line)
2014-15 - Delaware (Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line)
2016 – Delaware (Interim Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line)
2017 – Delaware (Defensive Line)
|Position:||Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach|
|Other Position:||Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line|
|High School:||Cambridge Rindge & Latin|