According to a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel, the West Virginia Mountaineers will add Kansas State Wildcats defensive assistant Blake Seiler as their linebackers coach under head coach Neal Brown.
Source: Blake Seiler expected be the next LB coach at West Virginia. Seiler, 34, was the DC and play caller at Kansas State last season. Brings rep as a high-end recruiter.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) February 2, 2019
Seiler coached K-State’s linebackers in 2017 and 2018, and served as defensive coordinator for the Wildcats in 2018 under legendary coach Bill Snyder. As the coordinator, Seiler’s defensive unit ranked third in the Big 12 in scoring defense (25.4 points per game) and fourth in total defense (403.4 yards per game) at the end of the regular season. Two of the Wildcats’ top three tacklers in 2018 were linebackers, as Da’Quan Patton led the team with 70 stops, and Justin Hughes finished third with 56.
Seiler played at Kansas State from 2003 until 2006, and joined the staff as a defensive quality control coach in 2009. In 2011, Seiler moved into a defensive graduate assistant role, and later became the Wildcats’ defensive ends coach in 2013.
With the hire of Seiler, the Mountaineers still have two openings left on the assistant coaching staff - one of which is expected to be a wide receivers coach. The remaining hires are expected to happen shortly after Wednesday’s signing day.
Neal Brown commented about taking his time to find the perfect coaches for the Mountaineers, with his main criteria being guys that have a “players first” attitude. Seiler definitely fits the bill.