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Brown announces addition of former WVU coach Jeff Casteel and Bill Legg

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–On Friday, West Virginia head coach Neal Brown added two former Mountaineers to his staff.

Former defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel returns as to the WVU football staff as a defensive analyst.

“I’m excited to welcome Jeff back to West Virginia and the Mountaineer football program,” Brown said. “He has been a very successful coach throughout his career, and it is great that we can add another West Virginia native to the football staff. I am looking forward to having Jeff, his wife, Rosemary, and his family rejoin the Mountaineer football family.”

Casteel has 33 years of defensive coaching experience under his belt, including 27 as a defensive coordinator. He was named the rivals defensive coordinator of the year in 2007, Big East Defensive Coordinator of the Year in 2008, a Broyles Award nominee (five times) and the Football Scoop Linebacker Coach of the Year in 2014.

During his tenure with the Mountaineers, WVU’s defense was top notch and the Mountaineers racked up the wins, including three BCS bowl wins, 2006 Sugar Bowl, 2008 Fiesta Bowl and the 2012 Orange Bowl.

“Being from the state of West Virginia, I am happy to be back home. West Virginia football means a lot to my family and me,” Casteel said. “I am looking forward to working for Neal Brown and the football staff, because I really respect the direction he is taking the program. I look forward to making a valuable contribution once again to Mountaineer football.”

Casteel was the defensive coordinator and linebackers’ coach at Nevada for the past three seasons.

Legg will join the WVU football staff as the assistant to the head coach.

“Bill is a great addition to our football staff, not only with his years of successful football coaching experience but also being from the state of West Virginia,” Brown said. “He was the first signee of legendary Hall of Fame Coach Don Nehlen, so he has ties to the program. He is a WVU graduate, a former starter for the football program and coached for several years on the staff. We are excited to have Bill, his wife Kelly, and his daughter, Sarah, rejoin the Mountaineer Football Family.”

  Last season, Legg was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks’ coach at Mercer, coaching four All-Southern Conference selections for the Bears.

“This is really an exciting time to be working with the WVU football program,” Legg said. “I have a lot of respect for what Coach Brown has already done with the program and the direction it is heading. My family and I look forward to being back home.”

Before his time at Mercer, Legg was the senior offensive consultant at Mississippi State in 2018, helping the Bulldogs finish with their highest CFP ranking in school history, a No. 25 ranking in the final Amway Coaches’ Poll and an appearance in the Outback Bowl.

 He also spent eight years as the offensive coordinator at Marshall from 2010-17, helping the Herd to three consecutive 10-win seasons, a 2013 Conference USA runner-up finish, the 2014 Conference USA championship and a 5-0 bowl record.

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Shanna Rose
Shanna Rose
WVU Graduate with a bachelor's in journalism and multimedia journalist. Sports Fan and sports writer. Former WVU News reporter. Contact Shanna on Twitter @SMR1837
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