WVU Mountaineer Football Defensive Coaching roles for 2020 set

MORGANTOWN—After West Virginia University and former defensive coordinator Vic Koenning agree to part ways last week, WVU head football coach Neal Brown announced that the Mountaineer defensive coaching staff will share responsibilities “by committee” for the upcoming season.

Jordan Lesley will now handle defensive line responsibilities, while former WVU standout Jahmile Addae will handle the secondary. Former Mountaineer defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel will coach the outside linebackers, and Dontae Wright will coach the safeties. Overseeing the inside linebackers and special teams’ units will be Jeff Koonz, who spent the 2019 season also coaching inside linebackers at Ole Miss.

“Given the timing and unique circumstances surrounding the pandemic, we are going to divide responsibilities and use a committee approach,” Brown said recently. “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.”

Casteel returned to West Virginia in March of 2020 as a defensive analyst. He brings over 30 years of defensive coaching experience, including 10 years at WVU where he helped the Mountaineers win three BCS bowl games. His defensive prowess helped lead the team to 14 conference championships and 15 bowl appearances and he has coached several All-Americans and professional players as well.

Coaching profiles for each of the WVU defensive coaches are below:

Jordan Lesley

2006 - Troy (Graduate Assistant)

2007-09 - Kilgore College (Linebackers)

- Northwest Mississippi CC (Defensive Line)

- Kilgore College (Defensive Coordinator)

- Northwest Mississippi CC (Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line)

2013-15 - East Mississippi CC (Defensive Coordinator)

2016-17 - Troy (Defensive Tackles)

2018 - Troy (Defensive Line)

2019-present - West Virginia (Defensive Line)

Jahmile Addae

2007 - West Virginia (Video Graduate Assistant)

2008-09 - Michigan (Defensive Graduate Assistant)

2010-11 - Cincinnati (Running Backs)

2013-15 - Arizona (Analyst)

2016-17 - Arizona (Defensive Backs) 2018 - Minnesota (Defensive Backs)

2019-present - West Virginia (Defensive Secondary)

Dontae Wright

2007-09 – Kentucky (Graduate Assistant)

2010-11 - North Alabama (Defensive Line)

2012 - Centre College (Defensive Line)

2013-14 - Morehead State (Defensive Line/Special Teams Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator)

- Morehead State (Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line/Special Teams Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator)

- Tennessee Tech (Defensive Ends/Special Teams Coordinator)

- Tennessee Tech (Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Ends/Special Teams Coordinator)

- Western Michigan (Safeties/Co-Special Teams Coordinator)

- Western Michigan (Safeties)

2020-present - West Virginia (Outside Linebackers)

Jeff Koonz

2004 – Auburn (Graduate Assistant)

2005-06 – Texas (Graduate Assistant)

2006 - Texas (Linebackers)

2007-08 - Iowa State (Secondary/Special Teams)

2009 - Texas (Defensive Quality Control)

2010-13 - Louisiana Tech (Linebackers)

- Cincinnati (Safeties)

- Cincinnati (Linebackers)

- Cincinnati (Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)

2017-18 - North Texas (Linebackers)

2019 - Ole Miss (Inside Linebackers)

2020-present - West Virginia (Inside Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator)

Jeff Casteel

1985-86 - California (PA) (Graduate Assistant – Defense)

1987 - Palmetto High School (FL) (Defensive Line)

1988-90 - Shepherd (Defensive Line/Strength Coach)

1991-99 - Shepherd (Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator)

- UTEP (Defensive Ends)

- West Virginia (Defensive Line)

- West Virginia (Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)

2003-11 - West Virginia (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)

2012-16 - West Virginia (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)

2017-19 - Nevada (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)

2020 - West Virginia (Defensive Analyst)

2020-present - West Virginia (Outside Linebackers)


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