NEW YORK - Wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway is leaving West Virginia to take the same position at Wake Forest, Athletic Director Oliver Luck said Wednesday.
Galloway was the only offensive assistant retained in January after Dana Holgorsen was brought in as the offensive coordinator and given authority over the coaching staff he'd take into the 2012 season as head coach.
Galloway came to WVU in 2008 from Football Championship Subdivision powerhouse Appalachian State as part of Bill Stewart's first staff. He was in charge of recruiting central and south Florida, central Georgia and North Carolina.
Galloway has plenty of other ties to North Carolina that should prove useful for the Demon Deacons in Winston Salem, N.C. In addition to Appalachian State, where he was a receivers coach from 2005-07, he coached the position at from 2003-04 at East Carolina and was the quarterbacks/receivers coach at Elon (N.C.), from 1996-2002.
Galloway played quarterback at Western Carolina and is No. 2 on the school's all-time passing list with 5,545 yards. He's the career leader among Catamounts in total offense and is in the top 10 of seven other categories.
Holgorsen will have to hurry if he wants to find a replacement for his first spring practice with the Mountaineers. Workouts begin March 28. Holgorsen could also wait until after the spring game April 29 and lean on the assistants he's hired, including inside receivers coach Shannon Dawson.