BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcat football program experienced a number of staff changes this off-season.
"Honestly, when you have great coaches, they are in high demand," remarked third-year head coach Del Smith.
"Over the past two seasons, we have had coaches accept positions at Florida Tech, University of Dayton, Georgetown University, University of Massachusetts, Virginia Union, Frostburg State and Averett University. Although we hate to see coaches move on, I am excited for the energy new assistants
Smith's top lieutenant, Tony Testa, has been promoted and will assume the play-calling duties for the offense.
He will remain as the offensive line coach.
"Coach Testa has earned this opportunity. He has a great mind and understands the big picture," remarked Smith."Our players are going to be excited about the tweaks we make offensively. More importantly, Coach Testa has a great beat for the talent on our roster and we can keep things consistent with the terminology and structure that they already understand."
On offense, Cortney Roberts will take over as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator.
He comes from St Vincent College in Pennsylvania where they finished with the 22nd-ranked passing offense in the country.
During the 2017 season, Roberts mentored a senior quarterback who broke nearly every single season passing record.
"Coach Roberts has experienced a tremendous amount of success mentoring the quarterbacks at St. Vincent," added Smith. "They have been incredibly explosive in the passing game and set multiple school records."
In addition, Anthony Davis will be taking over as the wide receivers coach.
Coach Davis has been at Adrian College in Michigan since 2015 where he helped guide their passing offense from last in the MIAA to first in a single season.
He also developed three All-MIAA WR's, including the league leader this past fall.
"I am really excited to have Davis join our staff," remarked Smith. “Davis has over two decades of coaching experience as a high school head coach, FCS assistant and position coach on multiple levels. That type of experience is exactly what we need mentoring a very talented group of wide receivers."
Finally, Smith has added, Alex Williams, as the program’s new linebackers coach.
Coach Williams most recently served as the linebackers coach at
Prior to his time in Virginia, Coach Williams was the linebackers coach at his alma mater, Albany State, for two seasons. Albany State is
"I am really excited to add Coach Williams to our defensive staff," remarked Smith. "He brings valuable division II experience and will be an asset to Coach Martin in all phases of game planning."
The Bobcats will have to gel quickly as the opening game at Cebe Ross Field looms just weeks away.
West Virginia Wesleyan, picked eighth in the recent Mountain East Conference coaches poll, will open their season Sept. 1 when they entertain the Concord Mt. Lions.
Kick-off is slated for noon.
Following that, the Bobcats will play their first of two Thursday night games.
They will travel to conference foe West Liberty on Sept. 6 for a 7:30 p.m. start.
Their other Thursday night game will be on Sept. 20 when they visit Urbana in another MEC contest.