MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Brian Mitchell has been hired as cornerbacks coach at West Virginia.
In announcing Mitchell's hiring Tuesday, Coach Dana Holgorsen says Mitchell brings a lot of energy, is an aggressive recruiter and helps develop young talent into great players.
The Charleston Daily Mail reported Jan. 8 that Mitchell and former WVU assistant Tony Gibson were joining the Mountaineers' coaching staff. Standard background checks must be completed and approved before a hiring can be announced.
Mitchell replaces Daron Roberts, who was fired after two seasons. West Virginia was among three defenses in the Bowl Subdivision to allow more than 4,000 passing yards in the 2012 season.
Mitchell spent the past three seasons as East Carolina's defensive coordinator before being fired.
He also had assistant coaching stints at Texas Tech and Brigham Young, where he played from 1987-90. Mitchell spent three seasons in the NFL.