Director of Player Personnel
Ryan Dorchester is in his first year as the Director of Player Personnel and fourth year with the West Virginia football program, serving the past three as the Coordinator of Recruiting Operations.
In his role, Dorchester serves in an administrative capacity, overseeing the organizational aspects of football recruiting and managing the personnel of the current
members of the program.
He serves as the liaison to the head football coach on all recruiting issues. He coordinates the head coach’s recruiting efforts, including correspondence and coordinating in-person visits. He maintains status of scholarship offers, recruiting targets and commitments and updates the staff on recruiting issues. He also communicates eligibility and admissions status with prospective student-athletes and coaching staff.
He is the liaison with the University admissions office, is the primary contact with the athletic compliance office regarding recruiting, oversees the correspondence with prospects and high schools to facilitate the admissions process.
Dorchester also coordinates the coaches’ travel schedule for recruiting and oversees and organizes the program’s records, checklists, calendars, research and recruiting boards. He monitors the recruiting expenses and budget and assists the director of football operations with the overall budget, including planning, purchases and monitoring expenditures.
Dorchester manages player personnel issues such as eligibility status and tracks participation and position depth. He also will assist the director of football operations with individual student-athlete concerns and ensures student-athletes housing and financial aid process is completed.
Dorchester worked with the Mountaineer football program since 2004, when he joined the managerial staff as a student equipment manager and served in that capacity for four years. Since then, he has been a graduate assistant for recruiting and assisting with the day-to-day operations of the program’s recruiting efforts.
Dorchester earned his bachelor’s degree in history from West Virginia in 2008 and his master’s degree in higher educational leadership in 2010. He recently married the former Leslie Barton of Mountville, Pa.