Lockwood to coach corners

Arizona has found its cornerbacks coach, as David Lockwood has left West Virginia to coach at Arizona. Read on for a complete bio on Arizona's newest coach.

Jeff Casteel is filling out his defensive staff with coaches from West Virginia, as David Lockwood has left his post as cornerbacks coach at WVU to take the same position in Tucson.

Lockwood has an extensive playing career that dates back to 1989 when he served as a graduate assistant at West Virginia following his graduation from the university. He has a history with Rich Rodriguez, as Lockwood was a freshman defensive back while Rodriguez was a student assistant for the Mountaineers.

After one season at his alma mater, Lockwood moved to University of Delaware where he coached tight ends and wide receivers from 1990 to 1993. He left Delaware for James Madison in 1994, where he continued to coach tight ends and wide receivers.

In 1995 Lockwood became wide receivers coach at Memphis, a position he held until 1998. By 1999 he made the switch to the defensive side of the ball and became the team's defensive backs coach. In his first season coaching defensive backs, Memphis was number six in the country in fewest passing yards allowed.

He returned to West Virginia in 2000 for his former coach Don Nehlen's last season with the Mountaineers to coach defensive backs. That season, his unit ranked number nine in the country with 19 interceptions.

Lockwood was not retained by Rodriguez when he was hired as the head coach at West Virginia in 2001, so he moved on to coach defensive backs at Notre Dame for one season. After one year in South Bend, Lockwood moved on to the University of Minnesota, where he coached defensive backs from 2002 to 2004.

In his fourth year with Minnesota, Lockwood was promoted to defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, a position he held for two seasons. Despite the Gophers ranking number one in the country in turnover margin in 2006, Lockwood was not retained by Tim Brewster in 2007 following the firing of Glen Mason.

He didn't remain unemployed for long, as he was hired as the defensive backs coach in 2007 at University of Kentucky. That season the Wildcats ranked in the Top 25 nationally in fewest passing yards allowed.

After his short stint at Kentucky, Lockwood again returned to West Virginia where he has been the cornerbacks coach since 2008 for Bill Stewart and Dana Holgorsen.

The hiring of Lockwood likely means that he and Tony Gibson will work together to coach the defensive backs collectively, with Gibson taking over as the team's safeties coach. Lockwood's first year with Arizona will be his 22nd year overall in coaching and his eighth different school for which he has worked for.

Since 2007, Lockwood's pass defenses have averaged a final ranking of 32nd against the pass defense, with no group falling lower than 47th. In that same time period, Arizona has finished with an average of the nation's 58th best defense; including a 2011 campaign in which the Wildcats finished with the second worst passing defense in the country.

Lockwood is an experienced coach with a reputation for fielding quality defensive backfields. He's also a good recruiter, making him a valuable addition off the field and to a secondary that drastically needs to improve in 2012.

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