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West Virginia to go with Defensive Coordinator By Committee in 2020

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Days after West Virginia defensive coordinator Vic Koenning was fired, West Virginia football has announced it will go with a defensive coordinator “by committee” for the 2020 season.

Nearly a week later, the Mountaineers “announced that the… defensive coaching staff will share responsibilities by committee for the 2020 season.”


Jordan Lesley will look after the front of the defense while Jahmile Addae will cover the back. Jeff Casteel will coach the outside linebackers and it’s a name familair to WVU football. Of his 33 years as a coach, he spent a decade in Morgantown and helped them win three BCS games. Also, Dontae Wright will take care of the safeties and Jeff Koonz will coach the inside linebackers and special teams.

“Given the timing and unique circumstances surrounding the pandemic, we are going to divide responsibilities and use a committee approach,” head coach Brown said in a statement. “We are promoting Jeff Casteel to an on-the-field position and know he will be a great contributor. We have an outstanding group of defensive coaches, and I have the utmost confidence in their ability.”

Koenning’s dismissal comes following West Virginia safety Kerry Martin Jr. who took to Twitter to make allegations that Koenning was mistreating the players and made racist remarks, while also bringing in religion and politics into conversations with players.

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