The West Virginia Mountaineers have lost yet another position coach.
Robert Gillespie, running backs coach for the Mountaineers in 2012, has left to take a job with the Tennessee Volunteers.
Gillespie has experience as a running back in the NFL, as he played two seasons in the early 2000s. As a coach, he led the Oklahoma State Cowboys to the No.1 rushing offense in the country in his first season.
Needless to say, he will be a big loss for the Mountaineers.
Currently, it appears as though JaJaun Seider will be his replacement. Seider coached at WVU under Bill Stewart as a graduate assistant, but left Morgantown for a paid job with the Marshall Thundering Herd, under Doc Holliday. He is currently the Running Backs coach and recruiting coordinator with Marshall.
Seider is a recruiter. Hands down, recruiting is his best attribute. He is responsible for a number of Mountaineers who have come through the program in recent seasons. He has particularly strong ties to Florida — think Miramar High School, where Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey played high school ball.
Bill Stewart built a pipeline out of Florida, specifically Miramar, and Seider was around to help with that. Bringing in Seider will help with WVU’s already strong recruiting team.
From the sounds of things, it seems as though Seider would leave Marshall for the WVU job, but Holliday is not going to want to let his best recruiter walk out the door, and will likely make it tough on Seider to leave.
Seider joining the Mountaineer staff seems to be the best case scenario for the team.