MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Former West Virginia quarterback and graduate assistant JaJuan Seider is rejoining the Mountaineers as running backs coach, according to a tweet from WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen on Friday night.

Seider interviewed Thursday and was hired Friday, only a week after former running backs coach Robert Gillespie left for Tennessee.

Holgorsen on Tuesday pledged to have Gillespie’s replacement hired quickly, and that came to fruition less than 48 hours before the Mountaineers open spring practice. Like Gillespie, Seider is expected to recruit Florida, a territory he concentrated on for Marshall.

Seider coached the past three seasons at Marshall – serving as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator — after spending two seasons as a graduate assistant at WVU.

He played three seasons at West Virginia from 1996-1998 before transferring to Florida A&M, where he threw for 2,512 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior. Seider was selected in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers.

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  • Bill

    Actually champ he is from Florida.

  • unclec

    Welcome home. Lets go win some games. Lets show wv heart and pride

  • unclec

    Welcome home more wv blood on the team. Looking better every day.

  • richard

    you're back where you belong!! glad to have you back.

  • George

    Maybe, just maybe, this time Coach Holgorsen has hired some talented coaches that can coach together and compliment each other, and this revolving door for coaches will be closed.

    I have gut feeling that many of the locker room issues were due to coaches not getting a long, and that Holg's impatience and shot fuse added to the turmoil. I believe the lack of performance by the players at times had more to do with the discontent on the coaches which led to the lack of performance by the players.

    I am definitely curious to see how this season goes.

  • FatFrank

    I like the FL recruiting capabilities and I love the WVU connections. Somebody give me a pepperoni roll!

  • RJB

    Hope this was not a hurried hire. Not really impressed with this hire. I think Dana should have looked further. I guess time will tell.

  • Hoffy

    Sounds like a good deal! WVU gets another coach with ties to the program and state. Will be interesting to see what difference he can make once he's settled in.

  • Doug

    Welcome back JJ! You're a wonderful addition and it's great to have another coach who wants to be a Mountaineer! Great job Dana and Oliver!!!

  • Bill

    Atta Boy Coach.....another great hire.

    Let's see, the Herd finished 59th in rushing in 2012. That should translate on just about where WVU should end up in 2013. This should strike fear deep in the Heart of Texas, Okla, Kansas, etc...keepem up nights, maybe they will be tired when we arrive.