Menos Hiras and his fellow collegiate football fans are looking forward to a number of changes in the West Virginia University (WVU) Mountaineers as former Troy coach Neal Brown replaced Dana Holgorsen. One area where changes are most apparent is in the size of the coaching workforce, with Brown hiring six more people compared to Holgorsen’s staff.
The NCAA has imposed a limit of the number of staff for specific positions, so certain posts have the same number of people as in the past. For instance, there is still one head coach with 10 assistants. The number of academic counselling personnel (5) and staff for nutrition (1) and the equipment room (2) have also remained unchanged. The video department, which handles all footage for practice and the team’s games, currently have one less person than in the past, but it is likely that another individual will be hired for the post in the near future.
Brown implemented changes in the number of his recruiting staff which has four full-time employees, compared to Holgorsen’s which had two full-time and two part-time employees. Whereas recruitment staff handled social media posts during Holgorsen’s tenure, two dedicated employees now oversee all updates. Brown also hired two more full-time analysts to add to Holgorsen’s two. Of the administrators, two are still in their posts while another two have left the team. Brown hired three administrators in their place.
The WVU management is not the type to make impulsive investments, so the additional employees are expected to help bolster the Mountaineers’ performance. Information also shows that WVU is saving money from Brown’s contract, so that may have played a part in the changes as well.
In any case, Menos Hiras and his fellow football fans are excited about the improvements that these new changes might bring to the field.