WVU football: Tom Bradley is final piece of Mountaineers' coaching staff
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen has found the final piece to his coaching staff.
Tom Bradley, a longtime assistant at Penn State who has been out of coaching the last two seasons, will be hired as associate head coach and linebackers coach, sources told the Charleston Daily Mail. Bradley, 57, was a Nittany Lions assistant under Joe Paterno from 1979-2011, including a stint as the defensive coordinator from 2000-2011.
Bradley, a Penn State graduate and Johnstown, Pa., native, developed a strong relationship on the recruiting trail with WVU assistant Tony Gibson, who was formally introduced Friday afternoon as the Mountaineers' new defensive coordinator. Gibson is known for his recruiting ties in the Keystone State.
Bradley had been courted for multiple jobs, and as recently as this winter, but said he wasn't ready to return to the sideline, sources said. However, Bradley was open to WVU because of his relationship with Gibson and the way things went when he spent a recent day on campus with Holgorsen.
At a press conference Friday afternoon, Holgorsen announced that Gibson would be "primarily coaching with the linebackers," so it is unclear how Bradley's addition will effect defensive assignments. Holgorsen said first-year assistant Damon Cogdell will be in charge of the defensive line, and Joe DeForest will add the title of safeties coach to his special teams coordinator duties.
DeForest is also listed as an associate head coach.