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WVU football: New WVU hire makes Dawson QB coach

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Dana Holgorsen can finish this week what he started last week.

The West Virginia Coach brought two defensive coaches to campus late last week, when both reached agreements to replace coaches Holgorsen previously fired. On Saturday, Holgorsen filled the sudden opening on his offensive staff.

Former WVU assistant coach Lonnie Galloway is coming back to the Mountaineers as the receivers coach, the Charleston Daily Mail first reported Saturday. A source said Galloway will replace quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital, who accepted the same job at Texas A&M Thursday, though Galloway will coach receivers.

The source said 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.

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 complete standard background checks before the hirings can be approved and announced, though that should happen this week. Holgorsen declined to comment at Saturday's men's basketball game against Kansas State.

The final contact period in the recruiting calendar started Friday. Coaches can make in-person, off-campus visits up until Feb. 3, which is a one-day quiet period. There is no contact the following four days. National Signing Day, the first day of the 62-day signing period, is Feb. 6.

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.

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 Campanaro was third in the ACC this past 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 that he recruited when he was with the Mountaineers from 2001-07.

Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at or 304-319-1142. His blog is at


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