West joins UVa staff
It would have taken nothing more than a glimpse into the past for first-year Virginia coach Mike London to visualize why hiring Chip West as an assistant coach made sense.
Once an outsider in the coaching world - as was London for a period - West
eventually got his break in the profession and has emerged as one of the most diligent recruiters in the country in Virginia's Tidewater region.
On Tuesday, London made it official that West, 39, would be the fifth coach to join his staff.
West is leaving his post as the assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach at Old Dominion, a program that just completed its first season of football at the NCAA FCS level.
has a measured amount of success as both a coach and a recruiter," London said in a release.
Prior to joining the newly-created staff at ODU, West was the defensive backs coach at James Madison from 2004-06, coached the secondary at Fordham in 2003 and was the wide receivers coach at Colgate in the four years prior.
A graduate of Kecoughtan High and Livingstone (N.C.) College, West
is excited about the challenge that awaits to improve Virginia's recruiting efforts and the reunion with London, whom he
considers a close friend.
"It is an honor to be a part of the University of Virginia
and I am every excited to join coach London's staff," West
said in a release.
is an excellent addition,like a younger Curt Newsome.