By Mike Montoro for WVUsports.com
January 17, 2013 04:40 PM
|Lonnie Galloway is back for his second tour with the Mountaineers and will once again coach the wide receivers.
|Pete Emerson photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen has announced that Lonnie Galloway will rejoin the Mountaineer coaching staff as the assistant head coach with responsibility over the receivers.
“We are excited to welcome Lonnie back to West Virginia,” said Holgorsen. “During his three years here, our players had great respect for him, and he brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm with him to work every day. I look forward to the positive infusion his coaching and recruiting will bring to our program.”
Galloway returns to Morgantown after serving as the wide receivers coach and co-passing game coordinator for the last two years at Wake Forest.
“I enjoyed my previous three years living in Morgantown and working for West Virginia University. I am pleased and excited to have the opportunity to return,” Galloway said. “This is a strong and successful program with a lot of history and tradition, and hopefully I can make a positive impact. I look forward to coaching in the Big 12 and in Coach Holgorsen’s offensive system.”
This past year, Galloway tutored All-Atlantic Coast Conference Second Team receiver Michael Campanaro, who led the league with 7.9 receptions per game and was sixth in receiving yards per game. His receptions per game mark was the No. 2 all-time single season ACC mark behind former NFL All-Pro and NC State receiver Torry Holt.
In his inaugural season with the Demon Deacons, Galloway's unit was on the receiving end of a school-record 3,291 passing yards. Wide receiver Chris Givens was named All-ACC First Team, after leading the league in receiving yards per game (102.3). He also set the school record for receiving yards in a season with 1,330 on 83 catches and caught nine touchdowns. He was drafted in the fourth round by St. Louis of the 2012 NFL Draft.
During his three seasons at West Virginia, he helped the Mountaineers to three bowl appearances, including a win over North Carolina in the 2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl. The Mountaineers advanced to the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl in his second year and were Co-Big East Champions in 2010 and reached the Champs Sports Bowl.
Galloway was one of WVU’s top recruiters when he was on staff, earning 2010 Big East Recruiter of the Year honors by ESPN.com. Two of his top WVU recruits were Tavon Austin
and Bruce Irvin. Austin just completed an All-American career, setting several school records and winning the Paul Horning Award for the most versatile player in college football. Galloway was Austin’s position coach his sophomore season when he earned the first of three all-conference awards during his career. Irvin finished his two-year career with the Mountaineers as one of the all-time sack leaders in school history and was the No. 15 pick of the 2012 NFL Draft of the Seattle Seahawks.
During his three-year stint at WVU, the Mountaineers went 27-12 with three consecutive 9-4 seasons. In 2010, West Virginia ranked second in the Big East in passing offense and total offense, while leading the league in passing efficiency.
Galloway came to WVU following a three-year stint at Appalachian State, where he coached the wide receivers in 2005 and the split ends in 2006-07. He helped the Mountaineers to three Football Championship Subdivision national titles and coached three receivers who earned All-America honors.
From 2003-04, Galloway was the wide receivers coach at East Carolina, where he tutored Terrence Copper, who earned All-Conference USA honors, while setting school records for receptions and receiving yards in a season.
A 1994 graduate of Western Carolina, Galloway was a four-year letterman, who threw for 5,545 yards, the second-highest total in school history. He was All-Southern Conference First Team in 1993, when he led the Southern Conference in total offense with 231.9 yards per game.
Galloway finished second in the nation in passing efficiency as a junior in 1992 with a 167.4 rating. He earned three SoCon Offensive Player of the Week awards that included a 322-yard passing game against Georgia Southern in 1993. Galloway finished his career with 6,832 career total offense yards, while completing 355-of-639 career passes for 5,545 yards and 30 touchdowns.
After spending the 1995 season with the Charlotte Rage of the Arena Football League, Galloway started his coaching career in 1996 at Elon, where he served as the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach through 2002. During his time with the Phoenix, Galloway coached Aretka Banks, a two-time all-conference player.
Galloway, a native of Eden, N.C., and his wife, Winslow, are the parents of three children: Anna, Hayes and Griffith.