McMichael Returns

West Virginia University Football Coach Bill Stewart has announced the hiring of David McMichael, today, as an assistant football coach.

"David's ability as a coach and recruiter are exceptional as his 35-year coaching resume can attest," Stewart said. "I was very impressed with the job he did as a member of the staff at Connecticut, helping lead the Huskies to winning seasons and bowl games."

McMichael, who will coach the tight ends and serve as special teams co-coordinator, has directly coached 11 NFL signees and has had seven players who were drafted by NFL teams, including first-round selections Brian Jozwiak (Kansas City -- 1986) and Anthony Becht (New York Jets -- 2000). He has recruited a total of 14 eventual NFL players, including 11 draftees. He has also worked with five All-Americans and coached in 15 bowl games.

"While doing his job, David always was under the radar," Stewart said. "He worked as hard as anyone and never received the credit he deserved as an outstanding recruiter, because he is the ultimate team player."

Former Mountaineer standouts that he recruited during his time at WVU include: Marc Bulger, Lonnie Brockman, Canute Curtis, Chris Edmonds, Charles Fisher, Jim Gray, Jay Kearney, Mike Logan, Rasheed Marshall, Alvoid Mays, Lance Nimmo, Solomon Page, Todd Sauerbrun, Brian Snider, Mike Vanderjagt

Some of the former Mountaineers that he coached include: Becht, Rob Bennett, Rich Braham, Brian Jozwiak, Jack Linn, Adrian Moss, Page, Rick Phillips, Lovett Purnell, John Ray, Brian Smider and Keith Winn.

Three players that McMichael coached during his tenure at Connecticut - Martin Bedard, Ryan Krug and Tommy Collins - signed professional contracts.

McMichael returns to West Virginia after serving as an assistant coach at Connecticut for the past nine years, working with the tackles, tight ends and special teams his first four years (2001-04), tackles and tight ends (2005) and tight ends his last four years (2006-09).

During his tenure at WVU, the Mountaineers played in 11 bowl games and finished in the Associated Press Top 25 six times. Two teams played for national championships (1988 and 1993), finishing both campaigns with 11-1 records. The Mountaineers captured the 1993 Big East Championship during his tenure, advancing to the Sugar Bowl after an undefeated regular season.

McMichael spent 18 years at West Virginia as an assistant coach under Don Nehlen, coaching the offensive tackles and tight ends. Prior to that, he had stints at Southern Illinois (1980-82) as the defensive line coach and three years (1977-79) as the offensive line coach at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. While at Southern Illinois, McMichael helped lead the Salukis to a 10-1 record and the 1983 Division I-AA Championship.

"It's great to come back ‘home' to West Virginia University," McMichael said. "Bill Stewart is a tremendous person, who I've worked with in the past. I am excited now to work for him. He is a quality leader who has tremendous vision and the ability to coach football. During my years that I was gone from here, I always had a spot in my heart for this place, and now I get to be a full-fledged member of the staff again. This is a dream come true. No one knows how special of a place this is until you leave."

A three-year letterwinner on the offensive line for Nehlen at Bowling Green, McMichael helped lead the Falcons to a 19-10-1 during his final three seasons, including two of the school's biggest wins over Purdue and Syracuse. He received his bachelor's degree in marketing research from Bowling Green in 1974 and his master's degree in physical education at Bowling Green in 1977.

McMichael, a native of Kettering, Ohio, was inducted into the Fairmont (Ohio) High School Hall of Fame in 1999 as a charter member. He, and his wife, Karen, have one son, John David.

"I am extremely pleased to welcome David, his wife, Karen Sue, and his son, John David back to the Mountaineer family and the WVU coaching staff," Stewart said. "Having worked alongside David here I found him to be the ultimate team player, excellent friend, outstanding husband and father, great man of faith, a strong member of the community and loyal to the Old Gold and Blue. Those are characteristics that we all try to emulate in our daily lives. I am excited to have him on our staff and look forward to working with him once again."

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