Travis Trickett Announced As WVU Football Offensive Assistant

Travis Trickett Announced As WVU Football Offensive Assistant

West Virginia University football coach Neal Brown has announced that Travis Trickett, who started his coaching career at WVU, will rejoin the Mountaineer coaching staff as an assistant coach on the offensive side. Brown will announce staff assignments at a later time.

Travis Trickett

“Travis has West Virginia roots, comes from a Mountaineer family and started his coaching career here in Morgantown,” Brown said. “He brings years of experience with him from various stops, including several years as an offensive coordinator, and has proven to be successful at developing players and as a recruiter.”

Trickett, who was a student assistant coach at West Virginia from 2003-07, is part of a Mountaineer football family. His father, Rick, a longtime collegiate offensive line coach, was an assistant coach at WVU in 1978-79 and 2001-06. His younger brother, Clint, was a starting quarterback for WVU during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

“I’m very excited to return home to West Virginia and be a part of coach Neal Brown’s staff,” Trickett said. “I have a lot of respect for coach Brown and the success he has had during his career. This place is special to my family and I, and this is a great opportunity to come back and assist coach Brown in developing young men on and off the field. I look forward to being on the Mountaineer coaching staff again.”

Trickett returns to West Virginia after serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Georgia State for the past two years.

In 2018, his quarterback, Dan Ellington, threw only five interceptions in 292 pass attempts, ranking No. 2 in the Sun Belt Conference and No. 14 in the nation. One of his receivers, Penny Hart, a three-time All-Sun Belt selection, finished his career as the fourth-leading receiver in conference history and was selected to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Offensive lineman Hunter Atkinson also was named to the all-league team.

In 2017, the Panthers finished with a school-record seven wins, marking their first winning season at the FBS level. His offense established school records for highest completion percentage and fewest interceptions in a season (9) as well as most total yards in a game (670) and most points against an FBS opponent (47).

Quarterback Conner Manning earned All-Sun Belt honors and was the most valuable player in the Panthers’ bowl win over Western Kentucky, the first bowl game victory in school history. Hart led the league with a school-record 74 receptions for 1,121 yards and eight touchdowns.

Trickett was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Florida Atlantic in 2016. His offensive unit set FAU season records for rushing yards, yards per carry and rushing touchdowns, as well as most yards in a game, while the Owls receiving corps produced seven 100-yard efforts.

Prior to FAU, Trickett served five seasons at Samford, including the last four as its offensive coordinator. He helped the Bulldogs record five straight winning seasons, highlighted by a Southern Conference championship and NCAA FCS playoff berth in 2013. He coached 23 all-conference selections in four years as the play-caller.

In 2015, Trickett employed a pair of quarterbacks, and the duo led the nation in completion percentage (69.7 percent) while combining for 3,662 yards and 22 touchdowns. The Bulldogs had a season-high 752 yards against Florida A&M and set school season records for completions (324) and first downs (324).

Samford’s 2014 offense averaged more than 30 points per game while posting the program’s largest margin of victory in a Southern Conference game (45-0 at Furman) and the program’s largest output in a SoCon game (63 vs. VMI).

In 2013, he mentored record-setting quarterback Andy Summerlin, the conference player of the year, who passed for a school-record 3,640 yards.

Travis Trickett during his days as WVU’s junior varsity quarterback

He originally went to Samford in 2011 to coach the slot receivers and tight ends.

Trickett’s coaching experience also includes graduate assistantships at Alabama and Florida State. He spent the 2007 season as an offensive graduate assistant on Nick Saban’s staff, and then three seasons (2008-10) with the Seminoles, working under Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fisher.

During these two stints, he worked with standout quarterbacks John Parker Wilson and Greg McElroy at Alabama, and Christian Ponder and E.J. Manuel at FSU.

Trickett began his coaching career as a student assistant at West Virginia from 2003-07, where he served under coach Rich Rodriguez and had the opportunity to work with record-setting quarterback Pat White.

A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Trickett earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from West Virginia in 2007 and his master’s degree from Florida State in sports administration in 2009.

Trickett, and his wife, Tiffany, also a WVU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, have two children, Maverick and Camilla.

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    Thought we had our 10 coaches.  Who is gone?


    Found it….. Dye not on the WVU official list.


    The WVU page hasn’t been updated since before Dye was confirmed. Dye’s announcement story is still up on WVU’s site, so no reason to assume he isn’t official.

    The assumption at this point is that Gerberry won’t be retained, but again, that’s just a deduction based on the fact that there are 10 announced hires still up on WVU’s site


    I would make that deduction also.  But who knows?  Anything can happen.  Didn’t the WV Lottery guy catch Sasquatch?


    Yep.  As we speak, Gerberry came off the official site.


    Pleased with the last 2 hires.  Dye and Trickett bring a lot of experience and both can recruit.  Trickett is familiar with the program.  That’s a plus.


    I liked Dan Gerberry and thought he was a good coach and good recruiter, and if he had been retained, I would have been good with that. (Not that Neal Brown is calling for my opinion.)

    That said, I think Travis Trickett is a good hire. Smart, energetic young coach who obviously comes from an incredibly knowledgable family coaching tree. A person can become a good coach without having had a father in the business, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have football ingrained in you from before you can walk.

    Travis wasn’t the athlete Clint was, so he didn’t play after high school, outside of a game as quarterback for WVU’s J.V. team, but just like his younger brother (and also the middle brother, Chance, who is a scout for the L.A. Rams), Travis has been groomed to be a coach since he was a kid.


    I’m good with this hire.  First impressions of this staff is that there is a dollop of fire & brimstone in this staff to go along with the bonding, togetherness, and care for the troops that has been espoused. 😉


    We have a number of coaches that have recruiting ties to the south.  That’s GREAT……. but we also need ties to the traditional states surrounding WV.

    I’m impressed with the quality of coaches Neal has brought in.  Lots of young guys with some Coordinator or CoCoordinator experience.  Let’s just hope we can keep these guys intact for a number of years.  Let’s open our wallets to tie them up.

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