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Source: Another former WVU football assistant to return

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Former assistant coach Lonnie Galloway is coming back to West Virginia University as the receivers coach, the Charleston Daily Mail has learned.

The move Saturday comes two days after quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital accepted the same job at Texas A&M and also completes WVU's offseason coaching searches.

Galloway's return to the Mountaineers after two seasons at Wake Forest will move the current receivers coach, offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, to quarterbacks coach, a source said.

Dawson, who remains the offensive coordinator, has never coached the position at this level before, but was quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Division I-AA Stephen F. Austin from 2008-10. The Lumberjacks led the nation in passing offense his final two years. Dawson also played quarterback at Wingate, where his position coach for one season was WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen.

Holgorsen declined to comment at Saturday's men's basketball game against Kansas State. WVU won't reveal the moves until Galloway clears the university's standard human resources approval process.

Holgorsen previously fired cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts and special teams coordinator/outside linebackers coach Steve Dunlap. The Daily Mail first reported Tuesday Holgorsen would hire former East Carolina defensive coordinator and NFL cornerback Brian Mitchell and another former WVU assistant, Tony Gibson.

Human resources must also approve their additions before either can be announced by the university.

Galloway coached receivers at WVU from 2008-10 and joined the Demon Deacons staff in March 2011. In his first season there, Galloway helped Chris Givens earn first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors. He led the ACC with 102.3 receiving yards per game and set a school record with 1,330 yards. Given was a fourth-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams in the 2012 draft.

Receiver Michael Camprano was third in the ACC this season with 79 catches for 763 yards and three scores.  

Holgorsen will likely ask Galloway to recruit the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., area, as Galloway did for WVU before. He landed Baltimore's Tavon Austin in the 2009 recruiting class. Roberts had recruited that area for Holgorsen.

Mitchell will likely recruit the New Jersey region that Spavital handled while Gibson should return to Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at"> or 304-319-1142. His blog is at


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