January 19, 2008
Virginia defensive coordinator, Mike London, was introduced as the head coach of the Richmond Spiders in a 2 p.m. press conference Saturday afternoon.
The 47-year-old Richmond graduate returns to his alma mater, after two previous stints as an assistant coach in the Spiders' program. He has served as Virginia's defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, and is regarded as the programs' top recruiter. As of now, London is not bring any UVa assistant coaches with him to Richmond.
Virginia Head Coach Al Groh responded to London's hiring by saying, "Mike London has played a significant role in the success of Virginia football over the past seven seasons. We are pleased that Mike becomes the fourth staff member to become a head coach and are elated for Mike and his family. Mike is competitive, compassionate, demanding and an excellent communicator, all the ingredients for a top leadership position. All of our players and coaches are pleased and confident for his success."
CBS19's sources tell us that, while four candidates were being considered for the job, London is the man that Richmond had its eye on. He interviewed for the job unsuccessfully back in 2004, losing out to Dave Clawson, the man whom he will replace.
Clawson left Richmond last Friday to become the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Tennessee.