By Russell Ramsey
Texas State Associate Football Coach John Wiley has resigned from his position. Wiley specified his reason for leaving as personal and family matters. Wiley was hired by Head Football Coach Everett Withers in January and resigned before coaching in a game for the Bobcats. An impressive candidate, Wiley has over 30 years of college coaching experience on the defensive side of the ball. He spent his previous six years as an assistant and Associate Head Coach at East Carolina University.
Prior to his stint at East Carolina, Wiley spent 19 years as a defensive assistant and defensive coordinator at Appalachian State University. While at Appalachian State Wiley was present for three FCS National Championships and Appalachians States’ 2007 victory over Michigan, considered one of the greatest upsets in college football history. Wiley saw some similarities in Appalachian State’s’ program and Texas State’s program, “This school was very similar to Appalachian State in terms of the popularity of the school and how serious they were about football,” Wiley said in an interview in April.
Despite missing the valuable experience, Head Coach Everett Withers is supportive of Wiley’s decision.“ John is resigning for personal/family reasons and we will respect and support his decisions,” Coach Withers said. With Wiley’s departure current Bobcat defensive coordinator Randall McCray leads all coaches with 26 years of experience.