Trio Of Hires Completes Defensive Staff

West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart announced the completion of his defensive staff with the hires of Steve Dunlap, David Lockwood and Chris Beatty.

Dunlap, a former WVU player and coach, will be the assistant head coach in charge of safeties. Lockwood, also a former player and coach, will mentor cornerbacks. Beatty, a native of the tidewater area of Virginia, will coach running backs and slot receivers and is expected to take Stewart's place recruiting the Maryland and Virginia areas. Beatty, who has no ties to WVU, was the coach at Landstown High in Virginia Beach when Stewart recruited former Mountaineer quarterback T. J. Mitchell from there.

"We have a new addition to the Mountaineer family, a great addition, in Chris Beatty," Stewart said. "This young man can really relate to young people. He will be a tremendous recruiter. I have spoken to people I have known for years about him. He has a winner stamped on him."

Beatty and Stewart met when Beatty played for East Tennessee State against Stewart's VMI team in 1994. Beatty was at Northern Illinois after a successful season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, where he helped lead the Pirates to a 10-2 overall record and a spot in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs in 2006. Hampton also won the 2006 Mideastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship with a 6-1 record before falling to New Hampshire in the first round of the FCS (formerly Division I-AA) playoffs. A year ago, Hampton boasted the No. 7 scoring offense in the FCS at 34.2 points per game behind the MEAC's all-time leading rusher, Alonzo Coleman, who gained 1,052 yards in 2006. Hampton had one player drafted and six more sign free agent contracts with NFL teams following the 2006 season, including four offensive players.

Prior to going to Hampton, Beatty was a highly-successful high school coach in Virginia who compiled a 78-18 record at three different high schools, including a 40-2 mark at his final prep stop at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, Va. The Eagles made three consecutive appearances in the Virginia AAA championship game under his guidance and won the 2004 state title when he was named the 2004 Virginia High School League (VHSL) AAA Coach of the Year.

"He was a class young receiver there, and one of the two best student-athletes I have played against along with (Pittsburgh Steelers coach) Mike Tomlin," Stewart said. "They had a class, style and grace when they played."

Known for his high-powered offenses, Beatty also coached at Salem (Va.) High School and at North Stafford High School where he helped lead both teams to the playoffs. While in the Virginia prep ranks, he coordinated the offense that produced the top four passers in VHSL history and guided the only two teams in state history to boast a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver and a 1,000-yard rusher in the same season.

Beatty earned his bachelor's degree from East Tennessee State University where he was a four-year starter at wide receiver for the Buccaneers, earning All-Southern Conference honors as a senior. After leaving ETSU as the school's all-time leader in receiving yards, he went on to play with the Baltimore Stallions (1995) and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1997) of the Canadian Football League before embarking on his coaching career.

Dunlap, a former WVU player and coach, spent last season as the defensive coordinator for Marshall. The Hurricane, W.Va. native joined the Marshall football staff after serving as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at North Carolina State (2005-06). Under his guidance, the 2005 Wolfpack ranked 8th in the nation in total defense (298.6 yards per game). He also coached three first-round NFL Draft picks, including defensive end Mario Williams who was the #1 pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.

During his career, Dunlap has coached in 14 bowl games, including two national championship games (the 1989 Fiesta Bowl and the 1993 Sugar Bowl, both at WVU). He also directed a defense that was ranked No. 1 in the nation in 1996. Following that season he was named a finalist for the inaugural Frank Broyles Award, presented annually to the nation's top Division I-A assistant coach. Prior to his time at N.C. State, Dunlap worked as an assistant coach at Syracuse University from 2001 to 2004 where he served as linebackers coach (2001-2004), assistant head coach (2002-03) and defensive coordinator (2004).

"I am very, very excited to work with Steve at WVU," Stewart said, "with the many accolades and stats on him."

Dunlap spent 17 years as an assistant at West Virginia under College Football Hall of Fame coach Don Nehlen, including 10 as the Mountaineer defensive coordinator (1991-2000). During that period he worked specifically with the inside linebackers (1984-86, 1993-2000), and defensive backs (1987-92). West Virginia produced .500-or-better records in 12 of those years and made 10 bowl appearances. In addition, Dunlap coached 15 players who earned first-team all-conference honors and All-American defensive back Bo Orlando at WVU. A three-year letter winner at inside linebacker for West Virginia, Dunlap played for current Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden in Morgantown. He was a member of the 1975 WVU squad that defeated North Carolina State in the Peach Bowl, 13-10. He set school records for season total tackles (190) and tackles in a game (28 vs. Boston College) that still stand. He also ranks 10th all-time in career tackles at WVU with 359.

After earning his bachelor's degree from WVU in 1977, Dunlap worked as a graduate assistant and then part-time coach at his alma-mater from 1977-81. He was the defensive line coach at the U.S. Naval Academy from 1982-83. He and his wife, Wendy, have two children, Matthew (a junior at WVU) and Megan.

Lockwood, a 19-year coaching veteran and former defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator in the Big Ten, comes to West Virginia from Kentucky, where he served a one-year stint as defensive backs coach. The Philadelphia native went to UK from Minnesota, where he spent the last five seasons, including 2005 and '06, as the defensive coordinator. The Gophers advanced to bowl games in all five of his years with the team, winning three of the post-season events. Minnesota had played in only seven bowl games in school history prior to Lockwood joining the staff. He coached defensive backs his first three years with the Gophers and worked with the linebackers the last two seasons.

While Lockwood was the defensive backs coach, Gopher cornerback Michael Lehan tied the single-season school record for pass breakups and corner Ukee Dozier tied the UM career record for breakups. Lockwood also was the recruiting coordinator in 2003. His 19 years of experience include six seasons coaching in the secondary. He began his coaching career in 1989 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, West Virginia. He also coached at Delaware (1990-93, tight ends and wide receivers), James Madison (1994, TE/WR), Memphis (1995-98 WR, 1999 defensive backs), West Virginia (2000, DB), and Notre Dame (2001, cornerbacks). While Lockwood was at Delaware, the Blue Hens won two Yankee Conference championships and advanced to the Division I-AA playoffs three years. His '94 team at James Madison also played in the I-AA playoffs.

"Both their pedigrees are outstanding and they bring so much to the table with 30-plus years of coaching," Stewart said of Dunlap and Lockwood. "Steve Dunlap has tremendous insight on football, knowledge so vast it confuses me. You go get him and Jeff Casteel and I'd have to go out of the room for sure, they are such great tacticians. With Jeff Casteel, the best kept secret in college football, I really believe our defense will be great, outstanding.

"With Jeff and Bill (Kirelawich, WVU's defensive line coach), a crusty old guy who is as fine a line coach as there is east of the Mississippi and maybe beyond, and now two great tacticians with knowledge of the game with David and Steve, we have a tremendous staff. The football family and the community here on campus at WVU and in the Morgantown area and the state should be very pleased and proud to have these three additions. I am very excited. I can't wait to get started." In the 2000 season at West Virginia, the Mountaineers finished ninth in the nation with 19 interceptions and defeated Ole Miss in the Music City Bowl. In his one season at Notre Dame, the Irish were 10th in the nation in pass defense, only the third time in 54 years that UND had been in the top 10 in that category. Lockwood was a four-year letterman as a defensive back at West Virginia. He played in two bowl games and was a member of the '88 WVU squad that posted an 11-0 regular-season record and played in the national championship game. Lockwood and his wife, Heidi, have three children—daughter Autumn and sons David Jr. and Jeffrey.

The five current assistants, with assigned positions, leave West Virginia likely needing an offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and wide receivers/tight ends and/or quarterbacks coach. It was rumored that, if hired, Doc Holliday would become the recruiting coordinator and tight ends/fullbacks coach, which would leave the vertical receivers and quarterbacks. Stewart has coached quarterbacks at West Virginia, but could leave that to the new coordinator. The coach has said there is no timetable for making future hires.

"Regarding other people, I am still in conversation with many great coaches throughout America," Stewart said. "There is a lot of hype and names leaking, and I would like to reign everything in because the cart is getting way ahead of the horse. We will take our time. I have talked to the (WVU) administration, which has given great guidance, and I told them sooner rather than later isn't good. I'd rather go wiser and later than sooner. But I wanted to get the defensive staff intact, that way I don't have to worry and I can concentrate now solely on contacts I know in American for offense.

We have talked to high school coaches, junior college coaches, we have tried to talk with Division II and I-AA coaches and pro coaches. So if everyone will just hang on tight, we are trying to get the best fit for the young men and WVU. We are currently interviewing people in precise manner, and no matter what the clock says, there is no hourglass pushing this."

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