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Former Shepherd coach Casteel joins WVU staff

December 30, 2000

Former Shepherd coach Casteel joins WVU staff



MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Former Shepherd College defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel was named assistant head coach of West Virginia University in charge of the defense by new WVU coach Rich Rodriguez on Saturday.

Casteel will join West Virginia University quarterback coach Bill Stewart, who is staying with the Mountaineers after serving under retiring coach Don Nehlen. He will be assigned to duties that will be announced later, Rodriguez said.

Casteel, a Paden City native, spent the past season at UTEP. The team won a bid to Thursday's Humanitarian Bowl, which it lost to Boise State, 38-23.

Casteel spent 12 seasons coaching Shepherd College, spending 1991-99 as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator of the Rams. During that time, Shepherd won six West Virginia Conference titles.

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Under Casteel, Shepherd's defense became known at the CaSteel Curtain, a play off the nickname given to the famed Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s.

"Jeff is a coach that I've known for a long time and he is a West Virginia native, as, of course, is Bill Stewart," Rodriguez said. "They are a pair of good ones."

Stewart, a New Martinsville native, joined the Mountaineers in January after serving as offensive coordinator for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League. He also coached at the CFL's Montreal Alouettes in 1998.

Rodriguez has already announced that defensive backfield coach David Lockwood will be retained. Running backs coach Darrell Hazell also was retained by Rodriguez but left this month to become receivers coach at Rutgers.

Rodriguez is replacing Don Nehlen, who is retiring after 21 years as the Mountaineers head coach.

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