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Watch: New Offensive Coordinator/WR Coach Gerad Parker

Cody Nespor

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia will have a new leading man in the offensive room this season in offensive coordinator Gerad Parker.

Parker was hired to replace wide receivers coach Xavier Dye but will also be taking over offensive coordinator duties from offensive line coach Matt Moore and running backs coach Chad Scott, who serves as co-offensive coordinators last year.

Parker and Brown have known each other since they played together at the University of Kentucky. Brown said Parker, who coached receivers at Penn State last season, might be the best wide receivers coach in the country.

“I’m biased, but I think he’s the best wide receivers coach in the country,” Brown said. “He’s going to be our lead in our offensive room for managing the gameplan. I have a lot of trust there just because of the history of our relationship.”

Parler said he and Brown did not actually know each other very well at UK, but reconnected later after both had become coaches. Parker said himself, Brown and the rest of the offensive coaching staff have been looking hard at the team last season and identifying areas where they need to improve.

“Allowing us to be able to take a real look at it and be honest with each other and lower our guard a little bit has allowed everybody to take an honest look at what we want to get better at,” Parker said. “Just as we’ll do next year, it isn’t going to be any different. The biggest thing is, you want to do it every year.”

Brown said he has nothing but confidence in the job Parker will do.

“He’s been in a lot of good places, he knows what great offenses look like and he’s going to add a great benefit, not only to me, but to our football program as a whole.”

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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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