"Taking this job goes back to how much I want to come back to West Virginia," Wolfley told BlueGoldNews.com in an exclusive interview. "I want my kids to grow up with the West Virginia ideals I came to know and love during my time there."
Wolfley, who played at West Virginia from 1987-1990 and was team captain during his senior year, has long looked for an opportunity to move back to what has become a home area for his family. His wife, Kathleen, is the daughter of the late Ray Mansfield, a longtime star for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, and older brother Craig also played for the Steelers and still lives in the Pittsburgh area.
"We have that New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania triangle going," said Wolfley, who hails from the Empire State. "It will be great to get back to the area. I don't really know what the position is going to be. It will probably be an administration spot of some type. I'll leave that up to Coach Stew, but I promise that whatever it is, I will give it 100%."
While moving a large family across the country certainly presents some challenges, Wolfley has the advantage of support not only from his wife, but also from his four children (Stone, Maverick, Jaden and Talley).
"My kids have been brainwashed since birth about being fans of West Virginia," Wolfley confirmed with a laugh. "They know that's where they are going to school. This is very exciting for them."
The three oldest Wolfley children, all boys, have played football, and even daughter Talley "get down and rolls around" with her brothers. She's since moved on to cheerleading, but Wolfley maintains close contact with all of his offspring in youth sports.
"I tried to step back and play the father role, but I had to get involved when it came to fundamentals," Wolfley said. "I couldn't let things like those go by."
So, with the support of his family, Wolfley will return to a place that he has been familiar with since childhood. He began making trips to the WVU campus in the early 1980s to watch older brother Ron play for the Mountaineers – a connection that sold him on his desire to wear the Gold and Blue as well. Those ties might well have been enough to bring him back to his alma mater, but one other key factor cemented the deal.
"The opportunity doubt to work at West Virginia is a great one, but working for Coach Stew is something I couldn't pass up," Wolfley said with emotion. "He is a man of honor that I trust and respect."
All those reasons led Wolfley to proceed with his plans to return to the Mountain State, even though the specifics of the job are yet to be determined. Creating new positions within the University, governed as it is by state rules and regulations, takes time to push through the bureaucratic process, so formal announcement by WVU of the hiring won't come until all those functions are completed. However, Wolfley will likely return to West Virginia in mid-May to secure living quarters and complete that end of the moving process so that he can hit the ground running. An ideal completion would occur by mid-June, so he could assist with West Virginia's football camps.
Wolfley could be involved in relations with high schools in or outside the state or other aspects of the program. He also noted that his ties to Phoenix College and the high schools and other junior colleges in that area aren't going to dry up just because he is leaving.
"The relationships that I built out here don't have to go away just because I am moving," Wolfley noted. "I have made a lot of friends and met a lot of colleagues out here, and those aren't going to disappear."