West Virginia was left with a void in their coaching staff when South Florida hired away Mountaineer’s cornerbacks coach Danny Adams earlier this week. Just a few days later, coach Dana Holgorsen has found his replacement, and it’s a bit of a gamble.
The Mountaineers announced the hiring of Doug Belk as cornerbacks coach on Friday.
“We would like to welcome Doug to the West Virginia football program,” head coach Dana Holgorsen said. “He comes highly recommended and brings several years of successful secondary experience at high-level programs. He will be a great addition to our staff.”
As coach Holgorsen says, Belk does have experience working with secondaries. He has been a graduate assistant at Alabama working with safeties under coach Nick Saban for the last three years. What coach Holgorsen did’t say is that this will be Belk’s first official Division I collegiate coaching job.
Hiring Belk is a bit of a risk since he’s unproven anywhere else, but if you’re going to take a risk on a first-time coach, I don’t think it gets any better than bringing in a guy from coach Saban’s staff.
Coach Holgorsen isn’t the only one taking a risk either. Let’s be honest, starting out as a cornerbacks coach in the Big 12 is guaranteed to be baptism by fire. Let’s hope coach Belk is up to the challenge.
“I’m excited to come to West Virginia University and be a part of a program that does an outstanding job of developing players and has a great winning tradition,” Belk said. “I want to thank Coach Holgorsen and Coach Gibson for giving me this opportunity to be a part of the coaching staff and the Mountaineer football program and to contribute to the program’s continued success.”