WVU football announced today the hiring of Tony Dews from Arizona. This will be Dews’ second stint at WVU, as he was a part of the Rich Rodriguez regime
in 2007. That team amassed an 11-win season and a Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoama we aren’t talking about that season.
Holgorsen still needs to replace Blue Adams as cornerbacks coach, but this puts the total number assistants at eight.
This was reported over the weekend by Mike Casazza of the Charleston Gazette-Mail:
Source tells @GazMailSports WVU will name Tony Dews its new RB coach. Dews, who's been the WR coach at Arizona, was WVU's WR coach in 2007.— Mike Casazza (@mikecasazza) February 5, 2017
Dews left West Virginia in 2007 to follow Rich Rodriguez to Michigan and serve in the same capacity for the Wolverines. After Rodriguez’s firing, Dews served as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for the Pitt Panthers under head coach Todd Graham. After the 2011 season, when Graham split for Arizona State, Dews rejoined Rodriguez at Arizona and has served there as the receivers coach since.
Dews recruited multiple high four-star athletes in his time at both Michigan and Arizona, including current Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan and Arizona Wildcats quarterback Brandon Dawkins. Dews has a successful record recruiting Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan, where the Mountaineer coaching staff has made a point of emphasis for the 2018 signing class with four-star athlete Kalon Gervin being their main target.