WVU football: Stanford assistant hired to coach offensive line
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Ron Crook, a 23-year college coaching veteran who has worked in the West Virginia Conference and at the Division I level, has been hired as WVU's new offensive line coach, sources told the Charleston Daily Mail.
Crook, who spent the past two seasons at Stanford and helped protect WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck's son Andrew for one season, is the fourth new assistant the Mountaineers have hired this offseason. He'll replace Bill Bedenbaugh, who accepted the same job at Oklahoma last week.
Crook coached offensive tackles and tight ends with the Cardinal, two high successful positions through the years. Stanford has relied on power running and tight ends under Coach David Shaw and his predecessor, Jim Harbaugh, meaning Crook figures to add new elements to WVU's Air Raid offense.
Coach Dana Holgorsen previously dismissed cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts and special teams coach Steve Dunlap. Quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital accepted the same job at Texas A&M.
Holgorsen replaced Roberts with former East Carolina defensive coordinator Brian Mitchell. Joe DeForest, the defensive coordinator last year, was repositioned as associate head coach and will work with special teams.
Tony Gibson was hired from Arizona as the safeties coach, which was DeForest's position in 2012, and Lonnie Galloway was hired from Wake Forest as receivers coach. Holgorsen moved offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson from receivers to quarterbacks.
Crook graduated from West Liberty in 1991 and coached special teams and the offensive line there from 1990-92. Before Stanford, Crook coached at Harvard from 2003-10 and worked at Illinois, West Liberty, Glenville State, Clarion, West Virginia Tech and Cincinnati.
Four Harvard players were named all-Ivy League in 2009 and eight earned a total of 11 all-conference honors. Tackle James Williams was All-America and first-team all-league three times. Illinois players Dave Diehl and Tony Pashos were picked in the 2003 NFL Draft. As the offensive coordinator at West Liberty in 2000, Crook's Hilltoppers won the WVIAC title.