It takes time to build an empire. But once the foundation is set, everything else gradually falls into place.
More than 300 applicants later, head football coach Dan McCarney added Perry Carter and LaMarcus Hicks to the coaching staff on Thursday.
The former NFL pair will replace Noah Joseph and Ryan Walters who left the program to join the staff at Indiana and Memphis, respectively.
The new hires have pro-football experience both on the field and on the sideline.
Carter played for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders as a defensive back. Carter later made the transition into coaching, spending the last eight seasons as the assistant coach for the Houston Texans.
Hicks played two seasons for the Detroit Lions after playing two seasons for McCarney at Iowa State as a defensive back in 2004.
Hicks landed his first coaching job in 2010 as a wide receivers coach at Rhodes College. Hicks later made the shift back to defense as a defensive coordinator and defensive back coach at Truman High school in Michigan in 2011.
Carter will coach the safeties while Hicks will be in charge of cornerbacks, completing the defensive coaching staff.
With the additions to the football program, including the promising 2014 recruiting class, the Mean Green momentum remains on an incline.
North Texas kicks off the 2014 season against the University of Texas at Austin on August 30th.