Dec. 5, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz.--University of Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez has named three assistants to his new Wildcat staff - Tony Gibson, Calvin Magee and Tony Dews.
All three coaches join UA from the University of Pittsburgh staff and have direct ties to Rodriguez from his previous tenures at Michigan and West Virginia. Magee will serve as associate head coach and offensive coordinator, Gibson will be Arizona's secondary coach, and Dews becomes wide receivers coach.
"I'm very familiar with all these coaches, and know they're eager to help us get our program under way in Tucson. Their abilities and coaching experience make a great start to my staff at Arizona," Rodriguez said.
Magee was assistant head coach and co-offensive coordinator under Todd Graham at Pitt this past season. A University of South Florida alum, he was associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Michigan under Rodriguez from 2008-10. Before that he spent seven years with Rodriguez at West Virginia (2001-07) as running backs coach. He started his career at USF with five seasons as a tight ends coach ('96), running backs coach (1997-00) and running game coordinator (1999-00).
Gibson was pass defense coordinator and secondary coach at Pitt in 2011, and was assistant head coach and DBs coach under Rodriguez at Michigan for the latter's three seasons in Ann Arbor. He also served as special teams coordinator for UM in 2010. He was defensive backs coach for West Virginia from 2001-07 and also recruiting coordinator.
Dews was the Panthers tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator in 2011. He was on the Rodriguez staff at Michigan as wide receivers coach, and coached receivers at West Virginia in 2007. He was a linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at UNLV in 2006, a tight ends coach at Central Michigan from 2004-05, defensive line coach at Holy Cross in 2003 and offensive line coach at California of Pennsylvania in 2002.
Magee, 48, earned his degree from South Florida in 1990 after an All-America playing career as a tight end at Southern University. He later played five years in the NFL at Tampa Bay and Houston.
Gibson, 39, graduated from Glenville State in 1994, when Rodriguez was the head coach, and began his coaching career there as defensive backs coach in 1996. He also coached DBs at Cumberland (1997-98) and West Virginia Tech (1999-00) where he was defensive coordinator, before joining Rodriguez' staff in Morgantown.
Dews, 38, graduated from Liberty University in 1996 and began coaching the defensive line in 1998 at Millersville. He joined Rodriguez' West Virginia staff as a graduate assistant (1999-01) before moving to California of Pennsylvania.