Make that six University of Wisconsin football assistants who have made arrangements to coach elsewhere next season.
Eddie Faulkner has been hired by N.C. State to coach tight ends and fullbacks and serve as special teams coordinator, the school announced in a statement Monday morning.
Faulker will be reunited with Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren, on whose staff he served at Northern Illinois during the 2011 season before coming to UW, his alma mater.
"Coach Faulkner was on my first staff at Northern Illinois and he’s coached special teams, running backs, tight ends and fullbacks,” Doeren said in a statement. “He’s a very detailed, ultra-organized, connected recruiter who also has great passion and pride for special teams performance.
“Eddie has coached on back-to-back conference championship staffs — 2011 in the MAC and 2012 in the Big Ten with Wisconsin — and has been on championship ball clubs as a player, an assistant coach and coordinator. He also has experience as a tailback in the Big Ten on a Rose Bowl team. I look forward to working with him again.”
Faulkner is the second UW assistant to head to N.C. State to join Doeren, who left Northern Illinois recently after leading that school to its first BCS bowl appearance. Matt Canada was named offensive coordinator on Saturday.
Two Badgers assistants followed former coach Bret Bielema to Arkansas — defensive line coach and associate head coach Charlie Partridge and defensive coordinator and secondary coach Chris Ash, although the latter reportedly is campaigning for the head coaching job at UW. Also, linebackers coach Andy Buh will become defensive coordinator at Cal, and receivers coach Zach Azzanni has taken the same position at Tennessee.
All are expected to remain at Wisconsin through the Rose Bowl.
Faulkner coached tight ends this season for the Badgers, helping junior Jacob Pedersen win all-Big Ten honors and the league’s Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year award. Pedersen was the team’s second-leading receiver and his 14 career TD receptions are tied for 11th all-time at UW.
Prior to his stint at Northern Illinois, Faulkner spent eight seasons at Ball State (2003-10), going from graduate assistant to running backs and special teams coach before serving as the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator his final two years. He served as Ball State’s interim head coach at the end of the 2010 season.
During his Ball State tenure, the Cardinals captured two MAC West Division championships and advanced to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history. The 2008 squad went undefeated during the regular season as tailback MiQuale Lewis rushed for a Ball State record 1,736 yards.
Faulkner was a member of two Big Ten championship teams as a running back at Wisconsin from 1996-2000, rushing for 1,064 yards and seven touchdowns in his career. He posted three 100-yard rushing games, including 119 yards in a win over No. 14 Iowa in 1997 as a redshirt freshman.
After earning his B.A. from Wisconsin in 2000, Faulkner signed a free-agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2001 before going on to a pro career with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He earned his master’s from Ball State in 2004.
“I am very grateful to Coach Doeren for giving me the opportunity to reunite with him and become a part of the Wolfpack family,” Faulkner said in the statement. “I look forward to working with him, the staff and our student-athletes at N.C. State.”
Faulkner and his wife, Anissa, have two children.
“We are happy that Eddie, his wife Anissa, his son Edgar and daughter Madison are joining us at N.C. State,” Doeren said. “We welcome them to the Wolfpack family.”