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Casteel, Kirelawich and Lockwood Leave WVU for Arizona


The long-awaited press release from the University of Arizona finally found its way to the free world. Jeff Casteel is officially leaving West Virginia University as Defensive Coordinator for the same position at Arizona. The move reunites him with former WVU Head Coach Rich Rodriguez.

"I have enjoyed my time at West Virginia University, and it's been 11 great years," said Casteel in a statement. "I have coached some outstanding young men, and I would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication. I want to thank the coaches and staff members I have been associated with during my time at WVU for their work and support. The fans also have been great, and I want to thank them as well."

This move has been the topic of great speculation in West Virginia and Arizona for the past month.

Casteel is bringing Bill Kirelawich and David Lockwood with him to join his defensive staff with the Wildcats. Kirelawich and Lockwood will hold the same positions at Arizona that they held at WVU. Kirelawich will coach the Defensive Line with Lockwood handling the Defensive Backs.

Casteel arrived at WVU in 2001 and was promoted to Co-Defensive Coordinator in 2002 before becoming the only Defensive Coordinator in 2003. He held that position at WVU for the next eight years.

Kirelawich is leaving West Virginia for the first time since joining the football staff in 1979.

Lockwood spent four years at WVU following stints at Kentucky and Minnesota.

"I want to thank our three departing defensive coaches for their more than 50 years of service to West Virginia University," said WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck in a statement. "They have been a part of much success and have left a lasting impact on our program and our student-athletes. Our football program will now move forward to fill our vacancies, and I am confident that Dana Holgorsen will bring in talented coaches that our players will continue to thrive under."

Casteel will be introduced to Arizona supporters in a news conference Friday at 1 p.m. here on the east coast.

That leaves several holes in Dana Holgorsen's coaching staff. It also leaves Safeties Coach Steve Dunlap on an island as the only remaining defensive coach left on staff. His fate may be determined by the new Defensive Coordinator. Two names that top that list are former University of Houston Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart and Oklahoma State Special Teams Coordinator and Safeties Coach Joe DeForest.

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