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West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen Taking On More Responsibility in 2015

Dana Holgorsen

Dana Holgorsen

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen announced this past Sunday the hiring of former Mountaineer graduate assistant Mark Scott as the new special teams coordinator for the 2015 season. Scott had been a graduate assistant (GA) at WVU since 2012 working with the defense and was a favorite of both Holgorsen and defensive coordinator Tony Gibson.

With the hiring of Scott the Mountaineers' coaching staff is now set. Scott technically filled the vacant coaching position left by Tom Bradley, who was slotted to oversee special teams this coming season before leaving to become the defensive coordinator at UCLA. A position that was not filled was that of departed offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson, who left WVU shortly after the Liberty Bowl to become the new offensive coordinator at Kentucky.

Holgorsen also brought on former Mountaineer Michael Burchett as a graduate assistant to help oversee the quarterbacks in practice. Burchett had been a GA at Kentucky overseeing the quarterbacks for the past three seasons. Despite bringing on Burchett, Holgorsen will fill the role of quarterbacks coach as well as offensive coordinator in 2015. “I’m going to coach the quarterbacks, I wasn’t going to go outside and hire someone to do it full time if I don’t have someone who knows exactly how I want it done," he said when asked about the coaching vacancy.

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While Holgorsen will be the quarterbacks coach Burchett will oversee the position during practice. “He understands what we want to do,” Holgorsen said. “He will be able to do a lot of the drills. That’s the only thing I can’t do."

While this is the first time Holgorsen will be a head coach as well as quarterbacks coach it is not the first time he has taken on multiple coaching roles. Actually it is a responsibility he is accustomed to. Before coming to WVU in 2011 Holgorsen held multiple coaching responsibilities every season including being the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma State in '10.

What will be interesting to watch is the development of three inexperienced freshman quarterbacks over the coming months and season. While Burchett is definitely capable of overseeing the position it will be ultimately be Holgorsen's responsibility to have this young talent develop into game-ready quarterbacks

— Written by Jeremy Simon, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and editor-in-chief of, a must visit for any and all West Virginia Mountaineer fans. Follow on Twitter @Blue_GoldSports.