Mullen Confirmed As Offensive Coordinator

West Virginia University Head Football Coach Bill Stewart has announced the hiring of Jeff Mullen as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

"I'm really excited that Jeff is joining the Mountaineer football family as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach," Stewart said. "He has superior knowledge of offensive football, is a great teacher and does an outstanding job as a motivator. He will install motion and movement within the framework of our spread offense, which will make our offense even more efficient. Jeff is a man of tremendous character, and I can't wait for him to get here and work with our offense and especially our quarterbacks."

This marks the sixth addition to Stewart's coaching staff and he now has one more assistant to hire to complete the staff. Steve Dunlap (Assistant HC/S), Chris Beatty (RB) and David Lockwood (CB) were named Friday, Jan. 11, John "Doc" Holliday (Associate HC/Recruiting Coordinator/TE-FB) was announced on Saturday, Jan. 12, and David Johnson (OL) was named on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

"I am excited to be part of the West Virginia football program," Mullen said. "I am so fortunate and grateful to have worked for such an outstanding coach as Jim Grobe for the past 14 years. It is very difficult to leave him and Wake Forest, but the biggest reason I am leaving is to work for Coach Bill Stewart. Coach Grobe and Stewart are two of the best coaches in our profession today.

"I want to come and be a part of the storied tradition already established at West Virginia, and I am hopeful to have a part in continuing it for years to come. This is a thrill for me and my family, and I can't wait to get started."

Mullen joins the Mountaineer staff after serving as the quarterbacks coach at Wake Forest for the past four years and six years overall on the staff.

This past season, he tutored quarterback Riley Skinner, who completed a school-record 72.4 percent of his passes to lead the nation in completion percentage. Skinner led the Demon Deacons to 20 wins over the past two seasons (11 in 2006, nine in 2007), an Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 2006 and a Meineke Car Care Bowl victory in 2007.

Mullen oversaw the career of quarterback Cory Randolph. Despite starting only 25 games for the Deacons under center, Randolph finished as the school's third-most accurate passer in history, completing almost 58 percent of his 570 career passes. His 330 completions went for 3,883 yards, making him the 10th all-time leading passer in Wake Forest history.

As a senior, Randolph broke the then-Wake Forest single-season record for completion percentage, hitting on 65 percent of his passes. Randolph finished his career with 3,883 yards and 16 touchdown passes.

He also rushed for 741 career yards and seven touchdowns. He became only the third quarterback in ACC history to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game, when he did it against East Carolina in 2004, joining Woody Dantzler and Charlie Ward.

Mullen has also guided Ben Mauk in 2005, who led the team in passing yards.

Four of the 10 longest passing plays in Demon Deacon history came from the hands of one of Mullen's quarterbacks, including an 85-yard play from Mauk to Jason Anderson in 2004, which ties for the longest-ever at Wake Forest.

Mullen coached the exterior line his first two years at Wake Forest, developing them into one of the best in the ACC.

In 2001 and 2002, Mullen coached tackles Tim Bennett and Mark Moroz, who earned honorable mention all-ACC honors. Mullen also oversaw tight end Ray Thomas and fullback Ovie Mughelli, both of whom played professionally.

Mughelli scored a team-best 12 touchdowns in 2002 - the most by a Deacon rusher in more than 30 years - and was selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft by Baltimore. Thomas initially signed a free-agent contract with the Buffalo Bills and then with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.

Prior to his stint at Wake Forest, Mullen enjoyed being part of Grobe's staff at Ohio University for nine seasons.

Mullen served as the as fullbacks coach in 1994, before moving to tight ends and offensive tackles coach in 1996. He began his stint in Ohio in 1992 as a graduate assistant for the Bobcat offense. After two seasons, he spent the 1994 season as the program's video coordinator and administrative assistant. Mullen became an assistant coach upon Grobe's arrival in December 1994.

In 1991, Mullen was the defensive graduate assistant at Hawaii.

He began his coaching career at Hamilton Township (OH) High in 1990, coaching quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends, and the offensive line.

Mullen, a native of Lima, Ohio, was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter in the defensive backfield at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. He earned All-America distinction in 1989.

He graduated from Wittenberg in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and earned his master's degree in athletic administration at Ohio University in 1993.

Mullen and his wife, Andrea, have three children - son Nate and daughters, Rami and Maggie.

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