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Report: Jeff Casteel Back at West Virginia



According to, one-time WVU defensive coordinator and West Virginia native, Jeff Casteel, will be returning to the WVU coaching staff.

It is reported that Casteel will join head coach Neal Brown’s staff as a defensive analyst, a position most recently held by Ron West. Casteel, a Paden City, WV native, spent a decade as an on-field coach for the Mountaineers from 2001-11. Casteel coached the defensive line in 2001, linebackers in 2002 and then became the defensive coordinator through the 2011 season.

Casteel coached several to-tier WVU defenses as defensive coordinator. In 2005 WVU finished 13 in the nation in points allowed, in 2007 the Mountaineers finished seventh in the nation in points allowed and in 2008 WVU finished 11 in points allowed.

In nine seasons with Casteel as defensive coordinator, West Virginia had an 86-29 record.

Casteel coached under former WVU head coaches Rich Rodriguez, Bill Stewart and Dana Holgorsen. He left WVU following the Mountaineers’ Orange Bowl victory in 2012 to reconnect with Rodriguez at Arizona.

After four seasons as Arizona’s defensive coordinator, Casteel was hired for the same role at Nevada, where he was up until last season.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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