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Jeff Mullen

Title Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks Coach
College West Virginia
Sport American football
Born N/A
Place of birth Lima, Ohio
Career highlights
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1990
1991
1992-2000
2001-2007
2008-present
Hamilton Township High School
Hawai'i (assistant)
Ohio (assistant)
Wake Forest (assistant)
West Virginia (assistant)

Jeff Mullen (born in Lima, Ohio) is an American football offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Mullen was previously a coach at Ohio University and Wake Forest.

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Early life

Jeff Mullen attended Wittenburg University in Ohio, where he was a four-year letterwinner and a 1989 All-American selection at defensive back.

Mullen received his bachelor's degree in sociology from Wittenburg in 1990 and a master's degree in athletic administration from Ohio University in 1993.

Mullen began his coaching career at Hamilton Township High School in Ohio in 1990. He then served as a defensive graduate assistant for the University of Hawai'i in 1991.

Coaching career

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Ohio University

After leaving Hawai'i, Mullen moved to Ohio University in 1992 as an offensive graduate assistant. He spent two seasons as a graduate assistant, then moved to video coordinator and administrative assistant in 1994. In December of the same year, Mullen became the fullbacks coach under new head coach Jim Grobe's arrival.

In 1996, Mullen moved to tight ends and offensive tackles under Grobe.

Wake Forest

Following his nine seasons at Ohio, Mullen followed head coach Jim Grobe to Wake Forest with most of the staff from Ohio.

In 2001 and 2002, Mullen coached tackles Tim Bennett and Mark Moroz. Moroz earned honorable mention for the All-ACC team. He also coached tight end Ray Thomas and fullback Ovie Mughelli, both whom played professional football. Mughelli was a fourth round NFL Draft selection after rushing for 12 touchdowns, the most in 30 years in school history.

In 2003, Mullen moved to coach the quarterbacks under Grobe. Mullen coached some of the greatest quarterbacks in school history, including Cory Randolph, Ben Mauk, and Riley Skinner. Randolph finished as the 10th leading passer in school history, and the third most accurate. Mauk started six games and led the Deacons in passing yards in 2005, before being injured and transferring to the University of Cincinnati during the 2006 season. Skinner took over for Mauk in 2006, and led the team in passing in 2007 with 2,204 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also set the ACC single-season completion percentage record in 2007.

West Virginia

On February 19, 2008, Jeff Mullen was announced the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under new head coach Bill Stewart at West Virginia University. Mullen's former head coach at Wake Forest, Jim Grobe, reportedly called Stewart to advise him to interview Mullen for the opening.[1]

Mullen later commented that he planned on making the run-first spread offense at WVU more 'balanced', focusing on passing more than previously done. He also said he would implement motions on the offense.[2] The Mountaineers began the season with a 48-28 win over Villanova, in which quarterback Patrick White threw for a career-high 5 touchdowns. However, disappointing losses to ECU and Colorado dropped WVU to 1-2. A 27-3 win over Marshall evened the record at 2-2, and a 24-17 win over Rutgers raised their record over .500. A 17-6 win over Syracuse with Jarrett Brown starting in place for the injured White raised many questions over Mullen's job security.[3] However, West Virginia rebounded with a 34-17 win over Auburn in a game in which WVU was down before halftime 17-3, before scoring 31 unanswered points to lead the Mountaineers to the Thursday night victory. The Mountaineers also recovered from a halftime-deficit against #25 Connecticut to win 35-13 behind White and back Jock Sanders. However, after an overtime loss to Cincinnati and a rivalry loss to Pittsburgh, questions over Mullen's job arose again. However, the Mountaineers ended the regular season with a victory over South Florida.

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References

  1. ^ Meet the Assistants-Jeff Mullen, WBOY-TV - Feb. 19
  2. ^ The Times West Virginian - COLUMN: What will WVU ‘balance’ really mean?
  3. ^ http://myespn.go.com/blogs/bigeast/0-1-329/Under-fire--WVU-s-Mullen-trying-to-keep-cool.html

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