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By Tony Dobies
Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011

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.

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