Saturday afternoon head football coach Dana Holgorsen addressed the media during the team’s practice. The head coach announced Saturday the latest addition to the coaching staff; Ryan Nehlen has joined on as the newest analyst for the Mountaineers.
Coach Holgorsen was quick to speak on Nehlen’s intelligence during his time on the team from 2008-2012. Coach Holgorsen joked that Nehlen was supposed to go off and become a doctor, but is now embracing the coaching blood coursing through his veins.
“Yeah, it’s a familiar face, familiar last name. He’s a guy by the name of Ryan Nehlen. I thought he was going to be a doctor. He, obviously, comes from a coaching background, but when I coached him for two years, he was this quiet, 4.0 student that played hard when he played. But I always thought he was going to be a doctor and perform surgery on people and stuff like that,” Holgorsen pointed out. “He couldn’t get the coaching thing out of his blood, he’s been a graduate assistant for a couple of years, and he’s a really smart kid. In those analyst positions, it’s critical to have a lot of sense. He has plenty of that, so I’m anxious to see what he brings to the table.”
Nehlen was a wide receiver for the Mountaineers on the 2008-2012 teams. A Morgantown native, it goes without saying that football is in his blood. The young Nehlen is the latest in the family to pursue a career in college football, and Coach Holgorsen is excited to have him on the team in this capacity.
“He’ll be performing surgery on our opponents, that’s a great way of putting it. That was the first thing I said. He goes, “Well, what’s the job?” And I said you have to study the opponent and give us as much information as you can,” Holgorsen said. “So, he’s going to do that, but then there’s an analytic side to it as well, as far as self-scouting and doing specific studies. He’s going to be great at that.”