Wake Forest assistant Lonnie Galloway, who coached three seasons at WVU under Bill Stewart, will return to the Mountaineers as receivers coach on Dana Holgorsen’s staff, said a source close to the program.

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Receivers coach Lonnie Galloway is returning to WVU, where he coached from 2008-10.

Galloway’s hiring, which has yet to be announced by the school, comes less than 36 hours after quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital left for Texas A&M. Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, who coached receivers the past two seasons at WVU, will take on the quarterback coaching duties.

Galloway has mentored several standout receivers, including West Virginia’s Jock Sanders, who finished second in the Big East in receptions in 2009 and 2010. During Galloway’s first season at Wake Forest, where he served as passing game coordinator, the Demon Deacons threw for a school-record 3,291 yards and All-ACC receiver Chris Givens led the league with 102.3 receiving yards per game. Givens became a fourth-round pick of the St. Louis Rams.

Galloway, who took the lead on Tavon Austin’s recruitment in 2009, presumably will once again focus on the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area, which was handled last season by recently fired cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts. Galloway also recruited Georgia, North Carolina and Florida during his previous stint with the Mountaineers.

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  • Steven

    Great Hire by Holgs now we need to get Lock back and we will be set... Dont think its gonna happen through...

  • Brian

    Outstanding. I love this guy.

  • jake_d

    This is great - always thought Galloway seemed like a good coach that the players really trusted and liked. Should be great for recruiting especially when he can tell recruits stories about Bruce Irvin and Tavon Austin who are both gonna be studs in the NFL.

  • cutty77

    Lonnie Was a Great Recruiter.Coaching is OVER-RATED.Great players make Great Coaches.Rich Rod is still living off of Pat White,Slaton,and Owen.Rich Rod was so stupid,after Pat White Brought WVU back against louisville,Rich said Bedenark was still the starter because he got hurt during the game.What a idot.

  • Todd

    Our quarterback coach leaving WVU for A&M ?? To coach " Johnny Football". We either just let a great coach get away or he took a pay cut!

  • thatwasgraphic

    very good hire

  • Derek

    Best hire yet by DH. Now get back J. CASTEEL COACH KIRLEVICH and DAVE LOCKWOOD.

    • Shawn

      no casteel

    • Boothe

      The AZ defense with Casteel and company wasn't much better than this year's WVU "D."
      If anyone dumped on Gibson over Arizona's defensive struggles..., Casteel-Kirlav-and-Lockwood were also involved in the 'Zona defense.
      I think Patterson is a good coach, witness the Pitt "D" that gave us fits a year ago.
      Let Patterson do his thing.

    • RCS

      Yeah because that staff had WVU better than where they are headed now...

  • unclec

    I am going to be positive. Welcome back. Get more Tavons , Jocks and Bruce type players. Remember the stars by there name is not the answer its there heart. Go eers

    • David

      I agree with heart but remember Tavon had 4 stars.

  • Brian

    Lead on Bruce Irvin too I believe! Welcome Home Lonnie!