Former West Virginia player George Shehl was hired as the new football coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College on Wednesday during a press conference.
"We're excited to have Coach Shehl as part of our staff and feel he is well-connected across the state," Wesleyan athletic director Randy Tenney said.
"We believe he is the right person to move our football program forward."
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West Virginia Wesleyan introduced George Shehl as new head football coach during a press conference on?Wednesday. Shehl spent the last two seaasons at the University of Charleston serving as assistant head coach and special teams and defensive cordinator.
"I?am extremely excited to be the head football coach at West Virginia Wesleyan," Shehl said. "I?want to thank President (Pamela) Balch and the Athletic Department for giving me a chance. It's a great opportunity."
Shehl replaces former coach Jonas Jackson, who resigned at the end of the season.
Shehl, who was a walk-on at West Virginia, was the holder on special teams beginning in 2002 for head coach Rich Rodriguez.
While at West Virginia he earned a bachelor's degree in Business Marketing, and received a master's in Business Administration. At WVU, he also was an Athletic Director's Honor Roll Student.
After his playing time he was a graduate assistant at WVU, Marshall and the Citadel.
Shehl came to Wesleyan after serving the past two seasons at the University of Charleston as the assistant head coach, special teams coordinator and defensive coordinator.
In 2012, Shehl's defensive unit ranked third in total defense (264.5), eighth against the pass (163.8), sixth in sacks (35) and 15th versus the run (100.7).
"It's an honor to become part of the rich football tradition at West Virginia Wesleyan that I?have always admired while growing up in North Central West Virginia,"?Shehl said.
"I'm looking forward to returning to the region and taking on the challenge of re-establishing the championship tradition that has existed for so many years in the Bobcat football program."
Shehl, who officially starts on Jan. 1, plans to have his coaching staff selected by then and to begin his recruiting for the upcoming season.
"My goal is to have my coaching staff in line by the beginning of the year,"?Shehl said. "I?have more people in mind then I do spaces. I also plan to start recruiting West Virginia hard. We are going to evaluate all the schools and then go to the surrounding states. We want to get the kids that want to come to Wesleyan."
Shehl, a Clarksburg native, was a four-year standout for Robert C. Byrd.
"I want to thank all of my previous coaches from back in high?school and during my college time," Shehl said. "If it wasn't for them then I wouldn't be where I'm at today. I?have learned a lot from all of them and hopefully it will pay off coaching."