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Neal Brown adds two new coaches to staff

MORGANTOWN,W.Va.–West Virginia head coach Neal Brown filled the two coaching vacancies on his staff on Friday with the additions of special teams coordinator/inside linebackers coach Jeff Koonz and offensive coordinator/ wide receivers coach Gerad Parker.

Matt Moore has been promoted to assistant head coach and will continue to coach the offensive line and Chad Scott will continue in his role as co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach.

I’m excited to add Gerad to the coaching staff at West Virginia,” Brown said. “I have known him for many years, and we have similar roots in the state of Kentucky. He brings years of successful experience, not only on the field but also as a recruiter who has covered a lot of territory. He will make an immediate impact on our staff. I look forward to him and his wife, Kandi, and their family becoming a part of Mountaineer football.”      

Parker comes to Morgantown after serving as the passing game coordinator/ wide receivers coach at Penn State last season. The Nittany Lions offense averaged 35.8 points per game, ranking No. 15 nationally, was No. 21 in red zone offense (.904) and averaged 13.3 yards per completion, ranking No. 33 nationally.

     “I’m excited to be joining Neal Brown’s staff at West Virginia and becoming a part of the Mountaineer football family,” Parker said. “I have known Neal for a long time and have the utmost respect for him as a coach, a man, husband and father. I have seen his progression and have kept up with him as a head coach and know he is special. My father worked in a coal mine and in the coal industry, and I have a lot of respect for this state and for what it stands. I am honored and thankful to join this staff and work with these players. I look forward to trusting the climb.”

Prior his stint at Penn State, Parker spent two years with Duke.

Koonz was the inside linebackers coach at Ole Miss in 2019. The defense finished with 30 sacks for the season, ranking No. 2 in the SEC and No. 25 nationally.

“Jeff is an outstanding addition to our coaching staff,” Brown said. “He brings a vast amount of experience coaching linebackers to our defensive staff and a familiarity with the Big 12 Conference having coached at Texas and Iowa State. His recruiting experience in different regions of the country also will help bolster our overall efforts. We are looking forward to having Jeff, his wife, Maura, and their family join the Mountaineer Football program.”

  Before that Koonz coached linebackers at North Texas for two seasons and was the co-defensive coordinator during the 2018 campaign. He also coached safeties at Cincinnati and he spent four years at Louisiana Tech.

     “I’m excited to join Neal Brown’s staff at West Virginia and become a part of a great University and football program with a lot of history and tradition,” Koonz said. “Growing up in the game of football, I watched West Virginia and admired what it was about and how much success the Mountaineers had. I have coached against Neal’s teams and also have watched him from a far and have always respected what he has done. My family and I look forward to becoming a part of Mountaineer Football.”







Cover Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS

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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