Two Formally Announced for WVU Football Staff

West Virginia has confirmed two of the three reported additions to its football coaching staff.

Bill Bedenbaugh, most recently the offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator at Arizona, was formally announced as the offensive line coach for the upcoming season. He is joined by Robert Gillespie, who will serve as West Virginia's running game coordinator after serving in a similar role at Oklahoma State.

Gillespie rejoins Dana Holgorsen, the Mountaineers' recently hired offensive coordinator, on the staff after spending the past two years as the running backs coach and assisting with the special teams at Oklahoma State. He also handled the breakdown of the opponents' blitz packages and the Cowboys run game preparation. Gillespie was part of Mike Gundy's staff at OSU, helping lead the Cowboys to an 11-2 record this past season.

Gillespie was part of Holgorsen's Cowboy offensive staff, which led the nation in total offense, averaging 520.2 yards per game and finished No. 3 in the nation in scoring, averaging 44.2 points per game.

"West Virginia University is a program that has had a lot of history and built an outstanding tradition," Gillespie said. "I really look forward to joining the Mountaineer staff, getting to learn from coach Bill Stewart, continue working with coach Holgorsen and helping to build on the success that the program has already had."

This past season, one of Gillespie's running backs, Kendall Hunter, ran for 1,548 yards and scored 16 touchdowns, earning consensus first team All-America honors and was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, signifying the top running back in the nation. True freshman running back Joseph Randle finished with 1,160 yards of all-purpose yardage.

In 2009, OSU finished with a 9-4 overall record and made an appearance in the Cotton Bowl. Running back Keith Toston, a first team all-Big12 Conference selection, rushed for 1,218 yards, leading the conference in rushing yards per game (187.8). Fullback Bryant Ward also earned first team all-league honors. Toston is a current member of the St. Louis Rams.

Prior to his two-year stint with the Cowboys, Gillespie spent four years on Steve Spurrier's staff at South Carolina, first as a graduate assistant in 2005 and then as the running backs coach from 2006-08.

During his time with South Carolina, the Gamecocks made bowl appearances in the 2005 Independence Bowl, the 2006 Liberty Bowl and the 2009 Outback Bowl.

In 2007, running back Cory Boyd rushed for 903 yards, the most by a South Carolina running back since 2000. In 2006, his running backs rushed for 1,876 yards, a 61 percent increase in production from the year before he was hired. South Carolina ranked No. 49 nationally in 2006, after a 108th-place finish in 2005. Boyd was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Gillespie was a former running back and team captain for Spurrier at Florida from 1998-2001, earning all-SEC freshman honors and SEC Player of the Week recognition. He finished his college career ranked No. 2 on Florida's all-time receiving list by a running back. He helped lead the Gators to two SEC Championships and four bowl appearances, including two Orange and one Sugar Bowl appearance.

He was a two-time member of the SEC fall sports Academic Honor Roll in 2000 and 2001. He earned his bachelor's degree in sport management from Florida in 2005.

Gillespie played for the Washington Redskins in 2002 and 2003 and was a member of the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe in 2003. He took a teaching position at his alma mater, Hattiesburg High in Hattiesburg, Miss., in 2004. He served an internship for the Hattiesburg High Athletic Department in 2005 before taking his position with South Carolina.

Gillespie, and his wife, Crystal, have a daughter, Nola.

Bedenbaugh is being reunited with Holgorsen, as both played at Iowa Wesleyan together for coach Mike Leach and spent six years together on Leach's Texas Tech staff.

Bill Bedenbaugh
"West Virginia has a lot of history and tradition, has won championships, and I believe will continue to win championships and do even greater things into the future, and I want to be part of it," Bedenbaugh said. "Coach Bill Stewart is a great leader, and Dana is a great offensive mind, who I have known for 20 years; I trust them and want to be part of the Mountaineer staff. Leaving the players and coaching staff at Arizona was one of the toughest things I have ever done but coming here to West Virginia is what I want to do."

Bedenbaugh comes to WVU after serving as a member of the football coaching staff at Arizona for the past four years, first as the offensive line coach and running game coordinator for three years (2007-09), before being elevated to co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in 2010.

This past season, the Wildcats finished 7-6 and made an appearance in the Valero Alamo Bowl. His line helped pave the way for the Arizona offense to post the ninth-best passing game average in the nation (307.7) and ranked among the Top 25 in total offense (439.4).

Bedenbaugh coached an offensive line in 2009 that finished No. 10 nationally in fewest sacks allowed (13) and helped the Wildcats compile an 8-5 overall record, tied for second place in the Pac-10 and earned an appearance in the Holiday Bowl. His line helped pave the way for the Arizona offense to finish in the top half of the conference in scoring average (27.4) and passing yards (225.2). Center Colin Baxter and tackle Adam Grant earned second team all-league honors.

In 2008, Bedenbaugh's line paved the way for the offense to average almost 160 yards a game on the ground and scored 33 touchdowns to lead Arizona to an 8-5 record and a victory in the Las Vegas Bowl. Baxter earned honorable mention all-conference honors in his first year at his position.

In 2007, the offense averaged 385.3 yards per contest, UA's best in nine years and No. 5 in the school's history. Tackle Eben Britton earned second team all-conference honors and tackle Peter Graniello was named honorable mention.

Prior to his four-year stint at Arizona, Bedenbaugh spent seven years at Texas Tech, the first three (2000-02) as an offensive graduate assistant, working with the offensive line, the next two years (2003-04) as the running backs coach and his final two years (2005-06) as the offensive line coach.

In 2006, the Red Raiders ranked No. 3 nationally in passing offense (369.5), was No. 6 in total offense (447.9) and No. 13 in scoring (32.5). Guard Manuel Ramirez earned honorable mention all-Big 12 honors and was a fourth-round selection by the Detroit Lions. Texas Tech finished with an 8-5 overall record and won its Bowl appearance.

Bedenbaugh helped develop initial scout-team tight end Gabe Hall into a 2006 All-Big 12 Conference selection at offensive tackle. Left tackle Glenn January was named a second team all-Big 12 honoree, and Louis Vasquez earned honorable-mention honors.

In his first year as the offensive line coach in 2005, Texas Tech led the nation in passing, was No. 4 in scoring offense (39.4) and No. 6 in total offense (495.83). The Red Raiders compiled a 9-3 overall record and earned an appearance in the Cotton Bowl. He coached E. J. Whitley to an eventual seventh-round selection by the Dallas Cowboys. His line reduced sacks allowed from 36 the previous year to only 19 on 656 passing attempts. The line helped pave the way for running back Shannon Woods to average 6.1 yards per carry and 10 rushing touchdowns.

During his first five years as a member of the Texas Tech staff, he helped lead the Red Raiders to bowl appearances each year: Bowl (2000), Alamo Bowl (2001), Tangerine Bowl (2002), Houston Bowl (2003) and Holiday Bowl (2004).

Bedenbaugh also served as the offensive line coach and running game coordinator at Ferris State (1999). He was named the NCAA Division II Coordinator of the Year after helping lead the Bulldogs to a No. 1 national ranking in total offense (534.5) and scoring offense (47.3), No. 4 in passing yards (305.1) and No. 24 in rushing (229.4).

He also spent time as a graduate assistant coach working with the offensive line at Central Michigan (1997-98), offensive line assistant at Valdosta State (1996) and offensive line coach at Panhandle State in Oklahoma (1995). He was part of the staff at Valdosta State that helped lead the Blaze to the Gulf South Conference Championship, the NCAA Division II playoff quarterfinals and was ranked among the Top 20 for the season and reached as high as No. 1 in the nation.

The St. Charles, Ill., native, was a four-year starter at Iowa Wesleyan College as a lineman, earning his bachelor's degree in business in 1995 and his master's degree in sport management from Texas Tech in 2001.

He, and his wife, Marydee, have a son, William III.

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