Head Coach David Cutcliffe has found his new offensive coordinator and he didn’t have to look far. Special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Zac Roper has been named the new associate head coach and offensive coordinator, replacing Scottie Montgomery, who was named head coach at East Carolina last month.
Zac Roper is the brother of former Duke, and new South Carolina offensive coordinator Kurt Roper. Zac has been a member of the Blue Devil staff since 2008. He joined the staff as the running backs coach in addition to working on special teams. Since then he has transitioned to the tight ends coach while remaining the special teams coordinator. Roper has also served as the recruiting coordinator since 2013.
While Roper’s time as recruiting coordinator coincided with Duke’s increase in wins, it’s worth noting that Duke’s recruiting has never been better than it has been over the last few seasons. Roper certainly deserves some credit for that.
Duke’s special teams unit has been one of the best in the nation under Roper as well.
Roper will also serve as the QB coach, like Montgomery before him. Roper has spent time coaching different positions throughout the offense. This experience combined with his time spent recruiting the players on the roster should prepare him well for the OC position.
It was widely expected that Cutcliffe would promote someone from his staff to the newly opened position. It’s common knowledge that Duke is very fond of their staff, especially the young coaches. Roper was the perfect candidate. The consistency and continuity on the staff is beneficial to the program as a whole and the players individually.
For more on the announcement, check GoDuke.com.