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Mountaineer football team adds two assistants

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University football coach Neal Brown has announced the hirings of Gerad Parker as the offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach and Jeff Koonz as the special teams coordinator/inside linebackers coach.

Matt Moore, meanwhile, has been promoted to assistant head coach and will continue to coach the offensive line, and Chad Scott will continue in his role as co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach.

Parker comes to West Virginia after serving as the passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach at Penn State in 2019. The Nittany Lions offense averaged 35.8 points per game, ranking No. 15 nationally, was No. 21 in red zone offense (.904) and averaged 13.3 yards per completion, ranking No. 33 nationally. One of his receivers, KJ Hamler, led the team with 56 catches for 904 yards and eight touchdowns. He was named All-Big Ten First Team as an all-purpose player by Sports Illustrated and was a second-team honoree on several lists.

“I’m excited to be joining Neal Brown’s staff at West Virginia and becoming a part of the Mountaineer football family,” Parker said. “I have known Neal for a long time and have the utmost respect for him as a coach, a man, husband and father. I have seen his progression and have kept up with him as a head coach and know he is special. My father worked in a coal mine and in the coal industry, and I have a lot of respect for this state and for what it stands. I am honored and thankful to join this staff and work with these players. I look forward to trusting the climb.”

Koonz comes to West Virginia after serving as the inside linebackers coach at Ole Miss for the 2019 season. Two of his linebackers, Lakia Henry (81 tackles) and Jacquez Jones (62 tackles), were two of the three top tacklers for the Rebels and Jones tied for second on the team in tackles for loss (6.5). The defense finished with 30 sacks for the season, ranking No. 2 in the SEC and No. 25 nationally.

Prior to that, Koonz spent two years at North Texas, coaching the linebackers, before being promoted to co-defensive coordinator for the 2018 season.

“I’m excited to join Neal Brown’s staff at West Virginia and become a part of a great University and football program with a lot of history and tradition,” Koonz said. “Growing up in the game of football, I watched West Virginia and admired what it was about and how much success the Mountaineers had. I have coached against Neal’s teams and also have watched him from a far and have always respected what he has done.

“My family and I look forward to becoming a part of Mountaineer Football.”