WVU HC Neal Brown opened up his Monday afternoon press conference sending his condolences to Dale Wolfley and his family. Wolfley, a former West Virginia offensive lineman, died Saturday night in his sleep. The Orchard Park, N.Y. native was 56 years old.
“I want to send my condolences to Dale Wolfley and his family. I heard about his passing late yesterday and my first reaction was, you sure? When you think of somebody that has a personality that Wolf did, with a bigger than life personality, you just don’t think about those people passing,” Brown said. “No bigger supporter of West Virginia football than Dale Wolfley. He helped me a lot when I first got here connecting with former players.”
Brown went on to speak on Wolfley and the football brotherhood that he had with current and former players.
WVU HC Neal Brown starts his press conference by mentioning the sad tone about the death of Dale Wolfley. Brown says he almost couldn’t believe the news. He says no one has been more passionate about the Mountaineers.
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Wolfley starred at West Virginia in the late 1980s, playing on the interior of the WVU offensive line from 1986-90, and he transitioned to the coaching ranks following the conclusion of his playing career. He coached at WVU on former head coach Bill Stewart’s staff in the late 2000s, serving as the WVU director of player personnel. He was a key member of WVU’s undefeated regular season squad in 1988 and worked his way into a prominent role throughout his half-decade in Morgantown.
Wolfley’s brother Ron also played at WVU, starring in Morgantown in the early 1980s before spending a decade in the NFL. His older brother Craig played at Syracuse before heading to the NFL himself.
Wolfley embodied what it meant to be a Mountaineer, with his high spirit of the old gold and blue. Wolfley worked as a broadcaster and podcast host during his post-playing career.
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