Recently fired N.C. State coach O'Brien joins staff at U.Va.


More than 16 years after leaving Charlottesville, former Virginia offensive coordinator Tom O'Brien will return as associate head coach for offense.

O'Brien left U.Va. to become head coach at Boston College, where he hired Mike London as one of his assistants.

Now London, preparing for his fourth season as U.Va. head coach, hired O'Brien after a 4-8 season in 2012.

In addition to his supervisory duties, O'Brien, 64, will coach the tight ends.

O'Brien has been a Football Bowl Subdivision head coach for the past 16 seasons, the last six at North Carolina State, where he was fired in November following a 7-5 season.

O'Brien, who did not coach the Wolfpack in the Music City Bowl, will be joined in Charlottesville by one of his Wolfpack assistants, Jon Tenuta, a former U.Va. defensive back who will be associate head coach for defense.

Jeff Banks was hired to coach running backs and serve as special-teams coordinator. Banks most recently was an assistant at Texas-El Paso, which was ranked among the nation's top 40 in all five special-teams statistical categories.

Also, the Cavaliers promoted Marques Hagans, who coached receivers this past season in his second year as a graduate assistant.

"These four coaches are a dynamic group," London said in a statement. "Three of them have strong ties to Virginia and they have first-hand knowledge and experiences of what makes our university a special place."

Four assistants were let go after the season: Jim Reid (defensive coordinator), Jeff Hanson (defensive line), Mike Faragalli (running backs) and Shawn Moore (tight ends).

Hanson also served as recruiting coordinator, a role that will be assumed by Chip West, who has coached cornerbacks for three seasons.

O'Brien was to receive $1.2 million from N.C. State as part of his buyout, which also contained a non-compete clause that prohibited him from coaching at another ACC school until 2015.

N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow confirmed that the non-compete clause had been removed from the settlement and that O'Brien would receive a lump sum of $200,000.

O'Brien will receive a $150,000 bonus from U.Va. and a yearly salary of $450,000. After the end of his two-year deal, he will be eligible for a $300,000 performance bonus.

Tenuta has agreed to a five-year pact worth $500,000 per year.

His resume includes stops as defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, Ohio State, Georgia Tech and North Carolina. He also served as interim head coach at Georgia Tech after Chan Gailey was fired in 2007.

Posted to: College Football Sports

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