Jeff Casteel

Jeffrey Allen Casteel (born February 1, 1962) is an American football coach. He was the defensive coordinator for Nevada Wolf Pack.

Jeff Casteel
Current position
TitleOutside Linebackers coach
TeamWest Virginia
ConferenceBig 12
Annual salary$287,488.39 (Nevada: 2018)[1]
Biographical details
Born (1962-02-01) February 1, 1962 (age 58)
Paden City, West Virginia, U.S.
Alma materCalifornia University of Pennsylvania
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1984–1986California (PA) (GA)
1987Miami Palmetto HS (FL) (DL)
1988–1990Shepherd (DL)
1991–1999Shepherd (AHC/DC)
2000UTEP (DE)
2001West Virginia (DL)
2002West Virginia (co-DC/LB)
2003–2011West Virginia (DC/LB)
2012–2015Arizona (DC/LB)
2017–2019Nevada (DC/LB)
2020–presentWest Virginia (OLB)

Early life and coaching careerEdit

Casteel was raised in Paden City, West Virginia and graduated from Paden City High School where he was a football stand out and member of the Paden City 1979 West Virginia Class 'A' State Champion Football Team. Casteel earned bachelor's and master's degrees from California University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, he served as a graduate assistant for his alma mater from 1984 to 1986 and also served in the training camp for the Baltimore Stallions of the Canadian Football League (CFL). However in 1987, Casteel was defensive coordinator at Miami Palmetto High School. He then served as defensive line and strength coach for Shepherd University from 1988 to 1990. He was then moved to assistant head coach and defensive coordinator from 1991 to 1999. During that time period of being assistant head coach, Shepherd won six West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) championships.

After his tenure at Shepherd, Casteel moved to University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and coached the defensive ends for 2000. During that season, UTEP won the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) title and a berth to the Humanitarian Bowl.

West VirginiaEdit

After his one season at UTEP, Casteel moved to West Virginia University to join head coach Rich Rodriguez and coach the defensive line for the 2001 season. He was elevated to co-defensive coordinator alongside Todd Graham in 2002 and eventually became the full-time defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2003.

In 2005, the Mountaineers defense ranked 15th in the nation in total defense and 13th in points allowed under Casteel. In 2006, the Mountaineers pass defense ranked #109 out of the nation, 119 teams. The next season, 2007, the acquisitions of safety Ryan Mundy and freshman defensive backs helped the Mountaineer defense to a top 10 defensive ranking.[2] His 2007 defense also ranked in the top 30 in eight categories. The Mountaineers finished seventh in the nation in total defense, eighth in scoring defense and 14th in pass efficiency defense. Following the season, Casteel was named the Defensive Coordinator of the Year by[3]

When former head coach Rodriguez departed West Virginia to accept the head coaching job at the University of Michigan, Casteel originally planned to follow Rodriguez. But after interim head coach Bill Stewart was promoted to head coach following Mountaineers' victory over the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl, Casteel decided to stay at West Virginia.[4] For the 2008 season, Casteel and the new defensive staff helped the young Mountaineers defense to a #1 redzone defense national ranking, a #11 scoring defense national ranking, a #11 fourth down defensive national ranking, and a #16 passing efficiency defense national ranking.[5] These Top 20 ranking were despite starting a true freshman at safety, Robert Sands, and the loss of all-conference linebacker Reed Williams to a medical redshirt.


Following West Virginia's victory in the 2012 Orange Bowl, Casteel departed to join the staff at Arizona under Rich Rodriguez, who was hired as head coach in November 2011. An official announcement and Casteel's formal introduction to the Tucson media was made on January 11, 2012.[6][7]

On January 4, 2016, Jeff Casteel was fired as the Arizona Defensive Coordinator.[8]

Casteel was offered the defensive coordinator position at UTEP prior to the 2016 season, but turned it down.[9] Instead, Casteel spent the 2016 season watching his son, Jack, play linebacker for Northern Arizona. It was the first time in 31 years that Casteel took a year off from coaching.[10]


On December 19, 2016, Casteel was announced as the new defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the University of Nevada, Reno under head coach Jay Norvell.[11] Casteel will earn $225,000 annually, the most ever for a Nevada Wolfpack football assistant coach.[12] Nevada and Casteel used the 3-3-5 as the base defense.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Casteel and his wife, Rosemary, have two children, Jack and Sarah. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from California University of Pennsylvania.[14]


  1. ^ "Multiple records for Jeffrey A. Casteel". Transparent Nevada. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  2. ^
  3. ^ - coordinators of the year
  4. ^ West Virginia Sports News, Scores and Coverage
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  6. ^ Ryan Finley (January 10, 2012). "UA football: Wildcats to hire WVU's Casteel, three other assistant coaches". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Arizona Wildcats football: UA officially hires DC Casteel, three others". Arizona Daily Star. January 11, 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
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  9. ^ "After season off, Jeff Casteel ready to run Pack 'D'". Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  10. ^ "After season off, Jeff Casteel ready to run Pack 'D'". Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  11. ^ "Pack hires veteran defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel". Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  12. ^ "After season off, Jeff Casteel ready to run Pack 'D'". Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  13. ^ "Improving the Nevada football team's defense starts in spring camp". Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
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