The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

March 8, 2013

WVU hires Seider as new running backs coach

BECKLEY — West Virginia head football coach Dana Holgorsen moved quickly in filling the latest vacancy on the Mountaineer coaching staff, hiring a familiar face to replace running backs coach Robert Gillespie, who left last week to take the same position at Tennessee.

Former WVU graduate assistant JaJuan Seider, who spent the last three years at Marshall as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator, was officially hired Friday night, returning to his alma mater.

“It’s great to welcome JaJuan back to Mountaineer football,” said Holgorsen in a release. “He is an energetic coach and recruiter, who knows our program and state very well. His coaching versatility and background will be an asset to our program, and I know he will bring a passion to succeed at his alma mater.”

Seider began his playing career at WVU and earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 2000 and his master’s degree in athletic coaching in 2010. He completed his career at Florida A&M, where he won the Jake Gaither Award (considered the Heisman Trophy of black colleges) after throwing for 2,512 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior quarterback. He was selected in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.

Seider began his coaching career as the quarterbacks coach at Lake Worth High School, coached running backs at Glades Central High School and was then the offensive coordinator at Palm Beach Lakes High School. He established relationships at those stops that have been valuable in recruiting the state of Florida.

He was named Conference USA’s top recruiter in 2012.

“I am very thankful to Coach Holgorsen for having the vision, trust and confidence to take a chance on a young coach like me,” said Seider. “My family and I are excited to be coming back to Morgantown.”

WVU will begin spring practice on Sunday and play the annual Gold-Blue Spring Game on April 20 at 2 p.m. at Mountaineer Field.

Tickets for the game are available for $10 and can be purchased online at www.wvugame.com or by calling 1-800-WVU-GAME.

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