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Wolfley enjoys varsity club job

April 27, 2012
MICKEY FURFARI FAN-FARE

MORGANTOWN - Dale Wolfley, a former standout offensive lineman, enjoys being director of the West Virginia University Varsity Club.

"Our membership has tripled since I came back," he said. "We've got to keep building on that."

Wolfley said the club includes members from the school's 17 different sports. It costs $25 annually to be a member.

An offensive guard from Orchard Park, N.Y., Wolfley was a starting guard on WVU teams from 1987-90 that posted 6-6, 11-1, 8-3 and 4-7 records.

The 1988 team played Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl for the national championship. Wolfley was an assistant coach in 1993 when WVU had its second undefeated, untied 11-0 regular season in history.

Wolfley, who stood 6-foot-2 and weighed 270 pounds, was a team captain as a senior. He graduated in 1990 with a degree in physical education and safety. He returned to Morgantown and WVU in 2008 as football player relations coordinator.

"Athletic Director Oliver Luck provided the resources to expand the Varsity Club program when he came back," Wolfley said. "We've got a lot to do to get better."

Various functions are held at home games in football, basketball and occasionally other sports. In the past, golf tournaments have been held for get-togethers for Varsity Club members.

More than 200 former football players were back last Saturday for the Gold-Blue game winding up spring drills. Home game tickets have been provided to club members in football and basketball in the past.

In 1990, Wolfley was named to the All-East and All-ECAC teams in recognition of his outstanding performances as a Mountaineer.

"When I was in high school, I would come down and watch (older brother Ron Wolfley) play for WVU. So I was happy to follow him here after they recruited me."

Wolfley said Hall of Fame coach Don Nehlen, who coached both brothers, "was a great man and a great coach to play for."

After spending a few years working in the world of business, Dale Wolfley moved to Arizona in 2003 and served as offensive coordinator at Phoenix Community Junior College where his brother Ron was head coach. Then Dale took over as head coach a year later when Ron resigned to become a radio sports talk show host in Phoenix.

Dale and wife Kathleen eventually decided to make the move back to Morgantown.

"We decided this would be a better place in which to raise our children," Dale explained.

The children are Stone, Maverick, Jaden Oz and Talley.

 
 

 

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