The Brian Mitchell hire is official this morning at West Virginia.
Mitchell, a former NFL cornerback who spent the last three years at East Carolina, will coach the cornerbacks according to a release sent out by the University.
“Brian is an excellent addition to the West Virginia football staff and has a wealth of experience as a cornerbacks coach,” Coach Dana Holgorsen said in a statement. “He brings a lot of energy, is an aggressive recruiter, and I have seen him develop young players into great players. He is an outstanding coach and even better person, and I look forward to him joining our program.”
Mitchell spent the last three years as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at ECU. He will be tasked with improving a group of corners that struggled this season.
“It’s an honor to be associated with a program that has a great winning tradition such as West Virginia,” said Mitchell in a statement. “I believe the fans are second to none; the state is second to none. It is a privilege to earn the right to go through this process to be a part of this family.
“It’s a natural fit for me, coaching cornerbacks, because I played the position at all three levels, in high school, college and in the NFL. I was fortunate enough to play in the NFL with some very dominate football players such as Deion Sanders. I was able to learn, absorb, see, hear and put together and formulate a plan to help young men be very successful at the NCAA Division I level at the cornerback position. Knowledge is key to all things. I’ve been able to acquire that knowledge over the years and have had success of consistently putting a good product on the field.”