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 fourth year on the staff, was selected as Interim Head Coach on Oct. 16, 2016 after head coach Dave Brock was relieved of his duties. Dottin-Carter will continue to coach the 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 second season with the Indianapolis Colts in 2015.
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.
“We are excited to add Dennis to our staff,” said Brock in making the announcement. “Dennis is exactly what we are looking for in a defensive line coach. He brings energy and enthusiasm along with great experience in this league (CAA) as both a coach and player.”
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.
“The University of Delaware has great football tradition,” said Dottin-Carter. “I was able to see that first hand as a player and later as an assistant coach at Maine. It is an honor to be able to work on this staff and to work with Coach Brock.”
“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.”
|Position:||Interim Head Coach|
|Other Position:||Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line|