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WVU defensive coaching changes announced

Staff will share coordinating efforts; Jeff Casteel will oversee outside linebackers

MORGANTOWN –West Virginia University football coach Neal Brown has announced that the Mountaineer defensive coaching staff will share responsibilities by committee for the 2020 season.

Jordan Lesley will oversee the front of the defense and Jahmile Addae will handle the back.

Jeff Casteel will coach the outside linebackers and Dontae Wright will now coach the safeties.

Jeff Koonz will coach the inside linebackers and oversee the special teams unit.

“Given the timing and unique circumstances surrounding the pandemic, we are going to divide responsibilities and use a committee approach,” Brown said. “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.”

Casteel returned to West Virginia on March 27, 2020, as a defensive analyst.

He brings 33 years of defensive coaching experience, including 10 years at WVU where he helped the Mountaineers win three BCS bowl games.

Casteel has helped guide teams to 14 conference championships and 15 bowl appearances and has coached numerous All-Americans and professional players.

WVU is tentatively scheduled to face Florida State in the 2020 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic Sept. 5 in Atlanta.

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