Former North Carolina State head coach Tom O'Brien is returning to Virginia as the new tight ends coach and associate head coach.
O'Brien was among four new additions to the Virginia coaching staff announced by the school on Thursday night. O'Brien was fired after six seasons as head coach of the Wolfpack in November.
O'Brien takes over as the Cavaliers' associate head coach for offense and tight ends coach. Jon Tenuta -- a Virginia alum who had been O'Brien's linebackers coach at NC State -- is the Cavaliers' new associate head coach for defense, and defensive coordinator; Jeff Banks the new special teams coordinator and running backs coach.
Marques Hagans has been promoted to a full-time position on the Virginia staff, after spending the last two seasons as a graduate assistant. Hagans will continue to coach the wide receivers.
O'Brien (annual salary of $450,000, with a $150,000 signing bonus), Banks ($200,000 annual salary), and Hagans ($150,000 annual salary) each signed two-year deals. Tenuta got a five-year deal worth $500,000 per year.
Cornerbacks coach Chip West is also the Virginia program's new recruiting coordinator.
O'Brien spent 15 years as an assistant at Virginia -- including six seasons as offensive coordinator, from 1991-96 -- after making the move from Navy with head coach George Welsh. O'Brien left in December 1996 to become head coach at Boston College. After 10 seasons coaching the Eagles, he moved to N.C. State, where O'Brien's teams went 40-35, including a 7-5 record this season.
Virginia head coach Mike London spent four seasons on O'Brien's staff at Boston College.
"With Tom’s experience as a head coach in the ACC and Big East for 16 seasons, I am looking forward to his insights and I’m excited that he will be able to share his knowledge with our coaches and players," London said in the release announcing the new hires. "He is someone I trust and I value his opinions and evaluations. Tom has coached some of the conference’s most dynamic offensive players over the course of his career and he will play a significant role in the development of our offense.”
Tenuta was a three-year letter-winner as a defensive back at Virginia before graduating in 1982. He was the associate head coach for defense at NC State last year, and has served at defensive coordinator at stops that include Ohio State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame.
“It’s no secret that Jon brings an aggressive approach to the defensive side of the ball and I think our players will be excited to adopt that philosophy," London said. "Jon has a great track record of improving defenses. He’s spent many years coaching in the ACC and there’s not much, if anything, he has not had to prepare for."
Banks had spent the past nine seasons as special teams coordinator and running backs coach at UTEP.
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