MORGANTOWN - Lonnie Galloway helped bring Tavon Austin and Bruce Irvin to West Virginia when he was an assistant coach under the late Bill Stewart.
Now Dana Holgorsen is hoping he can lure the same talent for him as Galloway officially returned to the Mountaineers Thursday as assistant head coach in charge of receivers.
Galloway spent the past two seasons as the wide receivers coach and co-passing game coordinator at Wake Forest.
"We are excited to welcome Lonnie back to West Virginia," Holgorsen said. "During his three years here, our players had great respect for him, and he brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm with him to work every day. I look forward to the positive infusion his coaching and recruiting will bring to our program."
Galloway, who also has coached at East Carolina, Appalachian State and Elon, said he was happy to be returning to the Mountain State.
"I enjoyed my previous three years living in Morgantown and working for West Virginia University," he said. "I am pleased and excited to have the opportunity to return.
"This is a strong and successful program with a lot of history and tradition, and hopefully I can make a positive impact. I look forward to coaching in the Big 12 and in Coach Holgorsen's offensive system."
During his three seasons at West Virginia, he helped the Mountaineers to three bowl appearances, including a win over North Carolina in the 2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl. The Mountaineers advanced to the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl in his second year and were Co-Big East Champions in 2010 and reached the Champs Sports Bowl.
Galloway was one of West Virginia's top recruiters during his previous stint, helping bring Austin, an All-American this past season, and Irvin, a first-round draft pick by Seattle in the 2012 NFL draft, to Morgantown.
Galloway was Austin's position coach his sophomore season when he earned the first of three all-conference awards during his career, while Irvin finished his two-year career with the Mountaineers as one of the all-time sack leaders in school history
Galloway, a native of Eden, N.C., and his wife, Winslow, are the parents of three children, Anna, Hayes and Griffith.