Do­eren hires Gib­son to com­plete Wolf­pack staff

The Herald Sun - - Sports - BY JOE GIGLIO [email protected]­sob­server.com

Dave Do­eren com­pleted his staff makeover on Sun­day with the hir­ing of as­sis­tant coach Tony Gib­son.

Gib­son, who worked at West Vir­ginia the pre­vi­ous six sea­sons, will be the safeties coach and code­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor. He re­places Ted Roof, who left to be­come Ap­palachian State’s de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

“I’m ex­cited that Tony Gib­son will now be a part of our pro­gram,” Do­eren said in a state­ment re­leased by the team. “He brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence as a de­fen­sive backs coach, a de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and as a strong re­cruiter and men­tor. He’s known for get­ting his play­ers to play hard and has a great rep­u­ta­tion not only with his for­mer play­ers but with the high schools where he’s re­cruited.”

Gib­son, who was WVU’s de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor for five sea­sons, has also worked at Ari­zona, Pitts­burgh and Michi­gan.

Do­eren had to re­make nearly a third of his staff after the 2018 sea­son. Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Eli Drinkwitz was hired by Ap­palachian State as the head coach and Roof joined Drinkwitz in Boone. Of­fen­sive line coach Dwayne Ledford was hired as Louisville’s of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

Do­eren brought in Kurt Roper, from Colorado, to coach the quar­ter­backs; and John Gar­ri­son, from Flor­ida At­lantic, to coach the of­fen­sive line. As­sis­tants Des Kitch­ings and Ge­orge McDon­ald were pro­moted to co-co­or­di­na­tors to re­place Drinkwitz.

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