Staff Departures Continue At WVU Football
West Virginia’s football program appeared to have made it through the first wave of staff departures that wash across the college football seas with limited attrition at the end of the season, losing only wide receivers coach Xavier Dye to South Florida. Now, however, another pair are packing their bags.
Linebackers coach Blake Seiler will accept a spot at Old Dominion as defensive coordintor on new coach Ricky Rahne’s staff. Footballscoop.com first reported the move, which has been confirmed by multiple sources.
Seiler and Rahne were both on the staff at Kansas State in 2009 and 2010. Seiler eventually worked his way up to defensive coordinator, but was not retained by new K-State head coach Chris Klieman when he took over for the retired Bill Snyder for the 2019 season. Rahne coached at Vanderbilt and Penn State under James Franklin before earning the nod as the Monarchs’ new head coach this fall.
Seiler was a ten-year veteran at Kansas State — his only destination in coaching prior coming to WVU last year.
WVU will also be looking for a replacement for its recruiting staff. Defensive recruiting coordinator Casey Smithson, who fought hard to hold on to his spot on the staff after Dana Holgorsen departed, is somewhat surprisingly now heading to Houston, according to a report from 247sports.
BlueGoldNews.com has confirmed Smithson’s departure. His last day at WVU was January 2.
Smithson was one of four primary recruiting staffers in Neal Brown’s first front office, joining director of player personnel Brian Bennett, offensive recruiting coordinator Scott Gasper and on-camps coordinator Katie Guisto. Smithson will be the director of player personnel at Houston, a step up from his position at West Virginia.
Smithson worked at WVU for more than a decade, beginning as a recruiting intern in 2007 and moving up through graduate assistant roles to full-time staffer.
As of Friday afternoon, neither Seiler nor Smithson had changed their social media accounts to indicate a departure from WVU.