BGS has learned that Arizona Wildcats safeties coach Matt Caponi will be leaving the Wildcats and taking the same position with the Mountaineers for the 2016 season. Arizona also released a statement a short while ago confirming that Caponi was leaving “to pursue another coaching opportunity.”
BGS had reported just this morning that there was mutual interest between Caponi, who is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson. Caponi has been an assistant coach for the Wildcats the past three seasons and coached with Tony Gibson when he was in Arizona. We are told Caponi was Gibson’s first choice and that there is strong respect between the two coaches.
It has been reported that Caponi was looking to come back east, especially after Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez fired the majority of the defensive staff from the Wildcasts 2015 season. Caponi was the only remaining defensive coach.
With Caponi reporting coming on board that would presumably finalize the 2016 Mountaineer coaching staff. It has been reported that Holgorsen has also offered the offensive coordinator position to Joe Wickline, a position left vacant last season. The contracts for safeties coach Joe DeForest and defensive line coach Damon Cogdell were not renewed after the 2015 season.
There has been no official statement from West Virginia University on the confirmation of either hire. Caponi made $185,000 as a defensive assistant this past season with the Wildcats.