West Joins Mountaineer Staff

Ron West has joined the West Virginia University football staff, head coach Rich Rodriguez announced today. West will serve as assistant head coach and offensive line coach for the Mountaineers.

West comes to WVU from Clemson, where he spent eight seasons. West was the Tigers' offensive line coach from 1999-2003. In 2004, he coached the defensive line, where Clemson led the ACC in sacks; in 2005-06, his outside linebackers helped Clemson finish in the top 25 in the nation in six defensive categories.

"We're very excited to hire Ron West as assistant head coach and offensive line coach," says Rodriguez. "He's coached in and knows our offensive system; we were together two years at Tulane and two years at Clemson. Ron is an excellent coach who brings an extensive amount of Division I experience to our staff."

In 27 years as a Division I assistant coach, West has spent stints at East Carolina, North Texas, Texas Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Baylor, Tulane and Clemson.

A 1979 graduate of Clemson, he was a junior college All-American at Marion Institute before transferring to Clemson; he was a member of two Gator Bowl teams as an offensive lineman, as his teams went 19-4-1. West and his wife Becky have two grown children, Brad and Lori.

West accepted the position after visiting the WVU campus on Wednesday. He will travel back to Clemson this evening before returning to West Virginia to assume his duties.

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