University staff to lead W.Va. OVAC All-Stars
With the players set for the annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game, which will be held on July 23 at Wheeling Island Stadium, West Virginia head coach John Kelley has finalized his coaching staff.
Basically, his entire University High School coaching staff will join him for the all-star game and training camp, which opens on July 17 at Wheeling University.
“We have a nice mixture on our staff of experience and youth,” Kelley said. “We have some guys who are very, very intense and I believe the kids will eat up the way they (coach). Basically, I can just sit back and enjoy it.”
Along with Kelley, the remainder of the West Virginia coaching staff includes: Donnie Tucker, Xaviyer Mosley, Eric Snyder, Bob Antion, Donnie Gilbert Jr., Logan Raber and Justin Hensley.
Here’s a capsule look at the West Virginia coaching staff:
This veteran mentor has been a head coach for 36 seasons and has spent the last 40 years with the Hawks. All told, he has 47 seasons of coaching under his belt.
With University, Kelley has guided it to the West Virginia Class AAA playoffs 22 times and in 1994, it played for the big-school state championship. The Hawks have been in the state semifinals five times and nine times bowed out in the quarterfinals.
Since joining the OVAC, Kelley has guided the Hawks to three conference titles, including in 2021.
Prior to coming to University, Kelley coached at Hopewell Area High Schools in Pennsylvania.
Kelley, who is a 1968 Oak Glen graduate earned his bachelor’s degree from Shepherd in 1974 and finished his Master’s degree at West Virginia
John is married to the former Kim Lanham.
This Hawks assistant just joined Kelley’s staff prior to last season.
Before arriving at University, he spent time coaching at both Linsly and John Marshall.
The former West Virginia University player graduated from Riverside High School where he also wrestled and ran track.
Justin and his wife, Caitlyn, have three children (Jacob, Claire and Landon).
DONNIE GILBERT JR.
This former John Marshall Monarch has spent the last two seasons working under Kelley with the Hawks.
Gilbert was an all-state athlete during his prep days and then got into coaching at the junior high level in Marshall County where he coached Moundsville Middle School football for three years and also basketball.
Gilbert graduated with a bachelor’s degree from West Liberty and earned a graduate degree from Wheeling Jesuit.
Gilbert also coaches baseball at University.
Donnie and his wife, Dr. Tori Gilbert, have two children Ainsley (6) and Ace (5).
This veteran coach has racked up 47 years as a prep football coach at eight different high schools and a college stop at Washington & Jefferson.
Antion was the head coach at Clay-Battelle and also at Jefferson Morgan High School in Pa.
Antion has spent the last 28 seasons working at University.
The McGuffey High School graduate earned his undergrad degree at Penn State, his master’s at WVU and he owns a Juris Doctorate from Concord Law at Purdue University.
Bob and his wife Patricia have been married 44 years and have three adult children Victoria, Brandon and Whinston.
This staff member has been with the Hawks for one season and owns five total years of coaching experience.
Mosley played at Gaithersburg High School in Maryland before playing at Fairmont State University. He earned a graduate degree from WVU. Prior to joining the University staff, Mosley was a strength and conditioning coach.
This Hawks assistant was a standout player for Kelley and is now cutting his coaching teeth as he attends West Virginia University as a student.
Raber graduated in 2020 after an impressive career in which he was chosen for both the OVAC and North-South All-Star Games. Both events were eventually canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Raber joined the Hawks’ staff two seasons ago.
Another long-time assistant for the Hawks, Snyder has been working with Kelley for 18 seasons.
Actually, University is the only place where Snyder has coached football.
A Jefferson High School graduate, Snyder earned his degree at WVU.
Eric is married to Rachel Snyder and has two stepsons: Jack and Luke Hudson.
This long-time assistant has been in the coaching business for 37 seasons, including several college stops before latching on at University where he’s been for six years.
Tucker has coached at Fairmont State, West Virginia Wesleyan, Salem College, Potomac State before coaching at Morgantown, Jefferson and now University High Schools.
Tucker, who has also coached track and field, spent time working in the WVU Athletic Department.
Donnie and his wife Linda have a daughter, Kayla and a grandson, Kingston.