Holgorsen fills out his offensive staff
College Football Videos
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia offensive coordinator and coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen has finalized his offensive staff for the 2011 season.
Holgorsen, who joined the team this week, made three additions to his staff, the school announced Wednesday. Oklahoma State running backs coach Robert Gillespie will be West Virginia's running game coordinator. Arizona offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh will fill the same position, and Stephen F. Austin offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson will be the inside receivers coach. Holdover assistant Lonnie Galloway likely will coach outside receivers in 2011.
"With the official announcement today of our three new assistant coaches, our coaching staff for 2011 is complete," head coach Bill Stewart said in a statement. "Our attention now is on recruiting until early February, and then we will start focusing on spring practice and the 2011 season."
West Virginia will pay $1.7 million to offensive assistants next season. Gillespie signed a three-year, $750,000 contract. Bedenbaugh signed a two-year contract for $500,000. Dawson signed a two-year contract for $400,000. Galloway makes $200,000 per year and will be in the second season of a two-year deal in 2011.
With the addition of Holgorsen, who will make $800,000 in 2011, the offensive staff will make $616,836 more than it did in 2010.
The new hires take over for Chris Beatty, Dave Johnson and David McMichael. Holgorsen replaces former offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen. The school did not announce who will take over as recruiting coordinator for Beatty.
West Virginia will pay the former assistants' salaries for next season; all would have been in the final year of two-year contracts. That totals nearly $900,000. In all, Virginia will pay its current and former offensive assistants nearly $2.6 million in 2011.
The new offensive assistants all have ties to Holgorsen. Gillespie coached with Holgorsen this season at Oklahoma State. They helped lead the Cowboys' offense to a nation-leading 520.2 yards per game.
Bedenbaugh and Holgorsen played together at Iowa Wesleyan for former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach. They also spent six years together on Leach's staff in Lubbock. Bedenbaugh was part of Arizona's offensive staff for the past four years. He was elevated to co-offensive coordinator last season.
Dawson was a quarterback at Wingate in 1999 when Holgorsen was quarterbacks and receivers coach. Dawson spent the past three seasons at Stephen F. Austin as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach; he guided the Lumberjacks to the No. 1 passing offense, No. 4 scoring offense and No. 6 total offense in the Football Championship Subdivision this season.
Holgorsen takes over for Stewart in 2012.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.