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WVU football: Gibson takes over safeties

By From staff reports

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Tony Gibson, who spent seven years as an assistant coach at West Virginia (2001-07), has returned to the Mountaineers' football program.

Gibson's addition was announced Wednesday afternoon.

The Charleston Daily Mail reported Jan. 8 that Gibson was headed to Morgantown to fill one of two vacancies on the defensive side of the ball. The other new assistant, Brian Mitchell, was announced as the new cornerbacks coach Tuesday.  

Gibson, 40, will coach safeties and provide third-year Coach Dana Holgorsen with a respected recruiter in western Pennsylvania.

"Tony certainly has built a reputation as an outstanding recruiter and is nationally known for his ability," Holgorsen said in a release announcing the hire. "Being a native West Virginian and having already coached here at the University and successfully recruited western Pennsylvania for many years, he brings a familiarity that will be an asset to our program. He worked with Keith at Pitt two years ago, so he already is well-versed with his defensive philosophy so that should help make for a smooth transition."

Gibson, a native of Van who began his coaching career at Gilmer High School in Glenville in 1995, returns to West Virginia after serving as the assistant head coach, safeties coach and defensive special teams' coordinator at Arizona for the past year.

"Being a West Virginia native, I am happy to be back in my home state. West Virginia football means a lot to me and my family," Gibson said. "I am looking forward to working with Coach Holgorsen and being reunited on the defensive side of the ball with Coach Patterson. I also look forward to being a part of the future of this program and advancing what I helped start years ago." After leaving WVU in 2007, Gibson spent 2008-10 at Michigan and 2011 at Pittsburgh before joining Rich Rodriguez's first staff at Arizona.


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