WVU hires safeties coach

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West Virginia officially announced the hire of safeties coach Tony Gibson this afternoon, a familiar name to Mountaineer fans.

Gibson, a native of the state, coached previously at West Virginia on the staff of Rich Rodriguez from 2001-2007 before leaving for Michigan then Arizona with Rodriguez.

He also coached at Pitt in 2011 alongside West Virginia defensive coordinator Keith Patterson as the Panthers secondary coach and pass defense coordinator.

"Tony certainly has built a reputation as an outstanding recruiter and is nationally known for his ability," said West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen in a statement. "Being a native West Virginian and having already coached here at the University and successfully recruited western Pennsylvania for many years, he brings a familiarity that will be an asset to our program. He worked with Keith at Pitt two years ago, so he already is well-versed with his defensive philosophy so that should help make for a smooth transition."

Gibson's hire was reported a week ago by the Post-Gazette.

"Being a West Virginia native, I am happy to be back in my home state. West Virginia football means a lot to me and my family," Gibson said in a statement. "I am looking forward to working with Coach Holgorsen and being reunited on the defensive side of the ball with Coach Patterson. I also look forward to being a part of the future of this program and advancing what I helped start years ago."

Gibson is the second of three additions to be officially announced this week.

The program announced the hire of former East Carolina defensive coordinator Brian Mitchell earlier this week and is expected to shortly announce the hire of Lonnie Galloway, a former member of the late Bill Stewart's staff at West Virginia.

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