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Arizona Wildcats Expect To Hire Jeff Casteel, Three Assistants On Wednesday

The majority of this news began to break late on Tuesday, but incase you missed it: the Arizona Wildcats are expect to hire current West Virginia defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel on Wednesday, along with three other assistant coaches. The hirings will likely be made official by the UA on Wednesday afternoon and each of the four coaches will be introduced to the media at that time.

Along with Casteel, who will also serve as the linebackers coach, Arizona is expected to hire David Lockwood, Bill Kirelawich and Spencer Leftwich.

David Lockwood, a cornerbacks coach, has spent 21 years coaching, including the last three at West Virginia. He has spent time at Kentucky, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Memphis, among other various places, and is known to be a solid recruiter.

Bill Kirelawich has spent the last 31 years coaching at WVU and will handle the defensive linemen at Arizona. One of the longest tenured coaches in America, Kirelawich has drawn rave reviews from those around him. He and coach Casteel are very close and the relationship between their families extends beyond the football field.

Spencer Leftwich, who spent last season coaching under Todd Graham at Pittsburgh, has spent a majority of his coaching career serving as the offensive line coach. He will coach the tight ends at Arizona and will also do some work with the special teams crew. A native of Texas, his recruiting efforts will be huge for the Wildcats.

The hiring of these four coaches will also signify the dismissal of former defensive coordinator and head coach Tim Kish. Coach Kish had joined Mike Stoops when he originally took the job in Tucson and will always be remembered in the community for his efforts that led to an upset victory over Arizona State.

This is a very big day for the University of Arizona and their football program. We will have continuing coverage throughout the entire offseason.

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