MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (January 12, 2016) – West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen has announced the hiring of veteran coach Joe Wickline as the Mountaineers’ new offensive coordinator.
“Joe brings a wealth of experience, and his resume speaks volumes of his ability to build top offensive lines, as well as being a prominent voice in developing offensive units,” Holgorsen said. “We were on staff together at Oklahoma State in 2010, and he brings an excellent familiarity of the Big 12 Conference. I am excited to add him to our staff and welcome him and his family to West Virginia University.”
Wickline, a 34-year veteran, comes to West Virginia after serving as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Texas for the past two years. Prior to that, his most recent stints have been as the offensive line coach at Oklahoma State (2005-13) and Florida (2002-04).
The 2015 Texas offensive line paved the way for the rushing attack to finish No. 18 nationally, after molding a unit in 2014 that had five first time starters.
In the final five years that Wickline served on Mike Gundy’s staff, the Cowboys posted four top two finishes in the Big 12, won the 2011 conference championship and in 2010 tied for first in the south division. Oklahoma State produced a 49-17 record and was ranked in the Top 25 final rankings in three of his last four years, including reaching as high as No. 3 in 2011.
Wickline was on the offensive coaching staffs that led the Cowboys to six Top 20 finishes in total offense, seven in scoring offense, eight in fewest sacks allowed, five in rushing offense and three times in passing offense. The Cowboys also finished in the Top 10 in total offense five times, scoring five times, fewest sacks allowed five times and rushing and passing offense three times.
Wickline also spent stints at Middle Tennessee State (1999-01), Baylor (1997-98), SW Mississippi Community College (1996), Pearl River Community College (1995), Ole Miss (1988-94), Delta State (1984-87), Tennessee (1984) and Florida (1982-83).
“I’ve always thought about what it would be like to come to West Virginia and be a part of West Virginia University,” Wickline said. “Working with Dana will be a special thing. We have a lot in common as far as football, recruiting and the business. I have a great deal of respect for him from A-Z.”
A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Wickline earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida in health, physical education and recreation in 1983. He is married to the former Nicki Sturdivant and has three children – Lacey, Kelby and Lauren.
Courtesy WVU Athletic Communication