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Chip West officially hired

As expected, Virginia hired former Old Dominion assistant Chip West. West's specific position will be announced at a later date, but expect him to help in the defensive secondary. Additionally, expect West to provide a big boost in the "757" recruiting.

Continue reading for the official announcement -- and expect another one soon about Jim Reid from the Miami Dolphins.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA Virginia head football coach Mike London announced
Chip West has joined the Cavalier football coaching staff. He becomes the
fifth member of London¹s staff. His specific position assignment will be
announced at a future date.

A Hampton, Va., native, West most recently was the assistant head coach,
recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach for head coach Bobby Wilder
at Old Dominion. He was responsible for recruiting the Hampton Roads and
Tidewater areas for the Monarchs. ODU went 9-2 in 2009 in its first season
as a NCAA FCS program.

³Chip West has a measured amount of success as both a coach and a
recruiter,² London said. ³He is a local product from the Tidewater area and
he has earned the respect of a lot of coaches in that area who feel he does
a very good job, including Bobby Wilder, his coach at Old Dominion. He will
be an excellent addition to our staff in terms of both the X¹s and O¹s of
teaching and coaching and his enthusiasm and energy as a recruiter. He is
committed to helping bring some of the top student-athletes in the state to
UVa to pursue their athletic and academic goals.²

Prior to joining the staff at Old Dominion, West coached at James Madison
for three seasons (2004-2006) overseeing the defensive backs, including free
safety Tony LeZotte, a 2005 All-American and Atlantic-10 Defensive Player of
the Year, as well as the Atlantic 10 co-rookie of the year as a freshman.
The Dukes won the NCAA Division I-AA national championship in 2004,
finishing 13-2. In 2006 JMU returned to the FCS playoffs, losing in the
first round at Youngstown State.

³It is an honor to be a part of the University of Virginia and I am every
excited to join coach London¹s staff,² West said. ³After I finished my
graduate assistant position at West Virginia, I worked the Virginia summer
football camps and I was able to get to know coach London. We have stayed in
touch over the years, so I think this will make for an easy transition.
³As a native of Virginia, I take great pride in having the opportunity to
work for and represent the University of Virginia and its football program.
I plan on working as hard as I can and being the best coach I can be.²

West coached the defensive backs at Fordham in 2003 when the Rams were 9-3.
He served as the wide receivers coach at Colgate for four years and worked
as a graduate assistant at West Virginia. Colgate shared the 2002 Patriot
League title with Fordham, finishing with a 9-3 overall record and a 6-1
league mark. The Raiders led the Patriot League in 2002 in total offense,
averaging 392.5 yards per game, including 215.0 yards per game passing. In
1999 Colgate won the Patriot League title and competed in the NCAA Division
I-AA playoffs.

As a graduate assistant at West Virginia for two seasons, West worked with
the defense as the Mountaineers participated in the Carquest and Insight.com
bowls.

The 39-year-old West played football at Kecoughtan High School. He earned
his bachelor's degree in computer information systems from Livingstone
College, and his master's in physical education from West Virginia while
working as a graduate assistant coach. West was an all-CIAA wide receiver at
Livingstone. He has a son, Justin, and a daughter, Jada.

West joins Anthony Poindexter, Vincent Brown, Jeff Hanson and Mike
Faragalli, assistant coaches London announced as members of his staff in
December.

By Zach Berman  |  January 5, 2010; 10:38 AM ET
 
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