Brown Names Former Mountaineer Legg to Football Staff

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West Virginia University football coach Neal Brown has announced that Bill Legg will join the Mountaineer football staff as the assistant to the head coach.

“Bill is a great addition to our football staff, not only with his years of successful football coaching experience but also being from the state of West Virginia,” Brown said. “He was the first signee of legendary Hall of Fame Coach Don Nehlen, so he has ties to the program. He is a WVU graduate, a former starter for the football program and coached for several years on the staff. We are excited to have Bill, his wife Kelly, and his daughter, Sarah, rejoin the Mountaineer Football Family.”

Legg returns to West Virginia after serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Mercer for the past year, coaching four All-Southern Conference selections for the Bears.

“This is really an exciting time to be working with the WVU football program,” Legg said. “I have a lot of respect for what Coach Brown has already done with the program and the direction it is heading. My family and I look forward to being back home.”

Prior to Mercer, Legg was the senior offensive consultant at Mississippi State in 2018, helping the Bulldogs finish with their highest CFP ranking in school history, a No. 25 ranking in the final Amway Coaches’ Poll and an appearance in the Outback Bowl.

Legg spent eight years as the offensive coordinator at Marshall from 2010-17, helping the Herd to three consecutive 10-win seasons, a 2013 Conference USA runner-up finish, the 2014 Conference USA championship and a 5-0 bowl record.

He spearheaded a Herd offensive attack that finished No. 6, No. 12 and No. 2 nationally in total offense from 2012-14, averaging 534.3, 500.4 and 559.2 yards per game. During his time in Huntington, he guided 32 All-Conference USA selections and 10 all-freshman honorees. He coached standout quarterback Rakeem Cato to a record-setting career from 2011-14 and mentored three NFL players in Gator Hoskins (Miami, Seattle), Lee Smith (Buffalo) and Aaron Dobson (New England, Detroit, Arizona).

He spent two years at Florida International (2008-09), guiding the Panthers to an offensive improvement of 68 yards per game and 10 points per game from the season before he arrived. He coached five All-Sun Belt selections and one All-American.        

Legg coached the previous five seasons at Purdue and was the co-offensive coordinator for the last two. With Legg calling most of the offensive plays, the 2006 Boilermakers led the Big Ten in passing offense (291.6 yards per game) and total offense (415.7), ranking No. 6 and No. 13 nationally. In 2007, Purdue again led the Big Ten in total offense (435.92) and scoring offense (34.31) and ranked No. 12 nationally in passing offense (307.15).

Legg coached the Purdue offensive line from 2003-05, but concentrated solely on the centers and guards over the last two seasons. Four of his Boilermaker players went on to the National Football League: center Nick Hardwick (San Diego), tackle Kelly Butler (Detroit), guard Uche Nwaneri (Jacksonville) and tackle Mike Otto (Tennessee).

Prior to his time at Purdue, Legg coached the tight ends and was the recruiting coordinator at Marshall in 2001-02. The Herd ranked No. 3 nationally in total offense both years, averaging 505 and 495 yards per game, while compiling a 21-4 record and winning two bowl games. During this time, he coached 2001 First-Team All-MAC selection Greg Kellett.

From 1995-00, Legg worked at West Virginia as the interior offensive line coach and was offensive coordinator his final season. The Mountaineers played in four bowl games in his six years on the staff. He was a graduate assistant at West Virginia in 1986-87, working with tight ends and special teams.

Legg also had stints at VMI (1994), Eastern Illinois (1989-93) and West Virginia Tech (1988).

A native of Poca, West Virginia, Legg earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1985 and a master’s in education in 1987, both from Wes\t Virginia where he was a four-year starter at center for Hall of Fame Coach Don Nehlen.

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