Leftwich was appointed by head coach Rich Rodriguez to be UA's tight ends coach in January 2012. He also coordinated offensive special teams including the PAT, field goal, punt and kickoff return units. Leftwich came to the staff after one year as offensive line coach at Pittsburgh.
Leftwich will join the staff at UTEP under new coach Sean Kugler. Kugler's son is a teammate of Leftwich's son Mack and when he was hired, one of his first steps was to give Mack a scholarship that he quickly accepted.
In addition, Leftwich has ties to the southwest, as he was the offensive line coach at Tulsa in 2010 and from 2003-06,offensive line coach at North Texas from 2007-09 and 1994-2002, line coach at New Mexico State from 1992-93 and began his career as offensive line coach at Stephen F. Austin from 1989-91.
Charlie Ragle has been promoted from the Assistant Director of Operations.
Ragle was head coach at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., since 2007, winning three 5A II state championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011 while having a 63-7 record in that time. Upon coming to Arizona, Ragle made no secret that he eventually wanted to coach on the field and the opening left by Leftwich likely makes that possible.