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WVU ST/LB Coach Blake Seiler Leaves for Coordinator Position

Cody Nespor

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According to Doug Samuels of Football Scoop, WVU special teams coordinator and inside linebackers coach Blake Seiler will be leaving West Virginia to become the defensive coordinator at Old Dominion.

Seiler came to WVU this year to join new head coach Neal Brown’s staff after spending 10 seasons coaching at Kansas State. In his final two seasons with the Wildcats Seiler served as assistant defensive coordinator in 2017 and defensive coordinator in 2018.

This season Seiler coached one of the best kick coverage units in the nation on West Virginia’s special teams. Covering kickoffs, West Virginia lead the Big 12 in opponent return yards, allowing only 380 kickoff return yards all season. The 17.27 yards allowed average per kickoff return was ninth in the nation.

The Mountaineers were also an elite unit covering punt this season. They led the Big 12 in fair catches with 32 and before their season finale at TCU, the longest punt return they allowed was only 10 yards.

At inside linebacker sophomore Josh Chandler finished second on the team with 71 total tackles. Senior Shea Campbell totalled 39 tackles.

Seiler is the second WVU assistant to leave this offseason, joining outside receivers coach Xavier Dye who left for the same position at South Florida last month.

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Cody is currently a second-year graduate student at West Virginia University studying journalism. His graduate research focuses on the effects newspaper closures have on local communities. 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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