WVU Confirms Xavier Dye As Final Football Assistant
West Virginia University football coach Neal Brown has announced that Xavier Dye will join the Mountaineer coaching staff as an assistant coach on the offensive side. Brown will announce staff assignments at a later time.
“I am happy for Xavier; he is easily one of the best graduate assistant coaches I have ever had,” Clemson coach and national coach of the year Dabo Swinney said. “He is going to do a phenomenal job, and he is so well prepared to go and run his own room. He’s great with relationships, is excellent in recruiting, has great technical expertise at the position and just has a really good understanding of the big picture. He’s going to be an excellent staff guy.
“I am just so happy for him, and I am happy for West Virginia, because they got a good one who is going to make a very positive impact on their program as they start a new journey under coach Brown.”
A native of Greenwood, South Carolina, Dye comes to West Virginia after serving as an offensive graduate assistant coach for the past two years at Clemson, overseeing the receiving corps. The Tigers finished with a 27-2 record during those years, won two Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, advanced to the CFP semifinals in 2017 and won the national championship in 2018.
“Xavier is a young coach who brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm with him to work every day,” Brown said. “He has built an outstanding reputation in a short period of time and comes highly recommended. He has worked hard to prepare himself for this position at West Virginia, starting at the high school level and then the past couple years on the staff at Clemson.”
In 2018, the Tigers led the ACC in scoring, averaging 44.3 points per game (No. 4 nationally) and total offense, 527.2 yards per game (No. 3), was second in rushing offense, 248.2 yards per game (No. 10) and third in passing offense, 279.0 yards per game (No. 23).
One of Dye’s receivers, Tee Higgins, was No. 1 in the league and No. 8 in the nation in receiving touchdowns (12). He also ranked No. 6 in the ACC in receiving yards and No. 11 in receptions per game. Justyn Ross finished No. 2 in the league in receiving touchdowns and No. 5 in receiving yards.
Higgins and senior Hunter Renfrow were named to the ACC All-League Second Team. Renfrow also was selected for the Burlsworth Trophy (top player who began career as a walk-on) and the Bowden Award (dedicated to faith, family, friends and football) and Ross was named a Freshman All-American.
In 2017, Clemson had a balanced offensive attack, averaging 194.1 rushing yards per game (No. 35 nationally) and 429.6 yards of total offense (No. 38). The Tigers were No. 32 in scoring offense (33.3), No. 7 in third-down conversion percentage (.463) and No. 17 in first-down offense. Renfrow was No. 10 in the ACC in receptions per game, and Deon Cain was No. 8 in receiving yards. The duo was named to the ACC All-League Third Team.
“I am excited for this outstanding opportunity of coming to West Virginia and being a part of coach Neal Brown’s staff,” Dye said. “I am looking forward to working with the student-athletes and helping them develop their skills and abilities on the field and as young men off the field. West Virginia has a great history of success, and I am glad to be a part of it.”
Prior to Clemson, Dye was the receivers coach and offensive coordinator at Woodmont High School, helping lead the Wildcats to an appearance in the South Carolina 5A playoffs. He also spent two years at Greenville High School, serving the first year as the receivers coach (2014) before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2015, while still coaching the receivers. He spent the 2013 season at Western Carolina as a defensive quality control coach and an academic counselor.
A dean’s list student, Dye played collegiately at Clemson from 2007-10, earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology. A two-year starting wide receiver (2009-10), he had a receiving touchdown from a quarterback (Kyle Parker), wide receiver (Jacoby Ford) and running back (C.J. Spiller) in 2009. He became the first Tiger with a receiving touchdown from three different players in the same year, from three different positions.
While a student-athlete at Clemson, Dye was actively involved in community service events earning on spot on the American Football Coaches Association’s Allstate Good Works Team and was a finalist for the John Wooden Award. He was selected for the FCA Spiritual Award and served as a keynote speaker at numerous functions.