By Jason Gilmer
Feb. 19, 2012. BOONE — Jerry Moore is close to filling up his coaching staff for the fall football season.
Last week, it was announced that Dwayne Ledford and Bryan Brown were officially named to the staff.
Things have changed drastically for the coaching staff since the season ended, but more on that later.
Here’s the quick info on the two newest members:
Ledford, who’s from Marion, N.C. and will be the team’s new offensive line coach, played seven years in the NFL with stops at several places, including the San Francisco 49ers (1999-2000 and 2003-04), Jacksonville Jaguars (2000), Carolina Panthers (2001), Cleveland Browns (2005) and New Orleans Saints (2006).
He’s coming to the Mountaineers after a year of coaching at Gardner-Webb University. There he was the offensive line coach and run game coordinator. He’s also spent time coaching at Tennessee State, was the strength coach at North Carolina during his time in the NFL, was an offensive line intern with the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe, was a graduate assistant at East Carolina (his alma mater) and was the offensive line coach at Sanderson High School in Raleigh for one season.
Brown comes to the Mountaineers from Ole Miss, where he was a graduate assistant there last season. His other coaching experience was at Rutgers and Delta State. He played for the Ole Miss Rebels from 2003 to 2006 and also played on the basketball team. He will be a defensive assistant. Coaching assignments for that side of the ball haven’t been designated yet, but should be in the coming weeks.
In case you missed it, there’s been a lot of changes on the ASU coaching staff.
Scott Satterfield has returning to be an assistant coach, but he has hopes of taking Moore’s job one day.
Satterfield, a former Mountaineers player and coach, returns after leaving Boone for three years to be the Mountaineers’ assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. This is the first time that Moore has named an assistant head coach and the first time the Mountaineers have had an offensive coordinator since 2002.
No deal, though, is in place for Satterfield to succeed Moore, who is 72 years old and has spent 23 seasons and won 207 games as the Mountaineers coach.
“I’m going to try to earn it, just like anyone else would do,” Satterfield said in a teleconference after joining the staff about the position when Moore leaves the post. “Based on what I’ve done in the past here and what I do going from this point going forward I hope I earn the right and the chance to lead this football program going forward.”
Mark Speir, who spent the last nine years coaching the Mountaineers, was named the head coach at Western Carolina on December 22. Speir, who was part of ASU’s three national championship teams, takes over for Dennis Wagner, who stepped down in November after posting a 8-35 record during his time there.
Speir didn’t leave Boone alone, as three other assistants followed him to Western Carolina. Brad Glenn was named the offensive coordinator while Trey Elder will coach the wide receivers and John Holt be the offensive line coach. All three were on the ASU staff last year.
Then, Chris Moore, son of the head coach, stepped down as the team’s running backs coach. Justin Stepp, who played at Furman and was an offensive graduate assistant at Clemson last year, was hired to take his place.
Former NFL player Alvis Whitted and former ASU player Nic Cardwell will coach wide receivers and tight ends, respectively.
There is still one spot left to be filled and that’s on the offensive side of the staff.
One other ASU football note is that spring practice has been moved up from March 19 to March 5.