West Virginia is going to a “by committee” approach to fill their defensive coordinator need

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Five days after announcing that defensive coordinator Vic Koenning would not return to the program, head coach Neal Brown has announced an interesting arrangement for their defense in 2020.

Brown shared that the defensive coaching staff will "share responsibilities by committee" this season.

From the release:

"Given the timing and unique circumstances surrounding the pandemic, we are going to divide responsibilities and use a committee approach," Brown said. "We are promoting Jeff Casteel to an on-the-field position and know he will be a great contributor. We have an outstanding group of defensive coaches, and I have the utmost confidence in their ability."

Defensive line coach Jordan Lesley will oversee the defensive front, secondary coach Jahmile Addae will handle the back end of things, defensive analyst Jeff Casteel has been elevated to an on-the-field position working with the outside linebackers, Dontae Wright will coach the safeties, and Jeff Koonz will coach the inside linebackers and coordinate the special teams.

Casteel brings over three decades of coaching experience on the defensive side of the ball, including 10 seasons with the Mountaineers when they won three BCS bowl games.

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