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Feb. 13, 2015

Charlottesville, Va. – Virginia football head coach Mike London announced several coaching position changes on his staff today. Associate head coach for defense/defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta will now work with the UVa safeties and Mike Archer will move from safeties to linebackers. Archer has also been promoted to associate head coach and Brian Wetzel has been named a graduate assistant coach.

“In making my evaluations of the program since the end of last season and discussing this with the coaching staff, we all felt these moves would benefit our defense, particularly with the makeup of the returning players,” London said. “It also benefits our program by placing Jon and Mike with position groups they have spent the majority of their careers coaching.”

Tenuta will be entering his 35th season as a collegiate coach this fall. He has spent 22 seasons coaching defensive backs. The 2015 campaign will be Archer’s 38th year in the coaching profession. He has worked exclusively with the linebacker position in 16 of those seasons, including all seven years he spent as an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1996 to 2002.

London previously announced staff changes on the offensive side of the ball when assistant coach Chris Beatty was hired as running backs coach and Dave Borbely was hired as offensive line coach in January. Larry Lewis moved from overseeing the running backs to coaching the tight ends and will continue to coordinate the Cavalier special teams.

Brian Wetzel has been named a graduate assistant coach. He replaces former UVa linebacker Clint Sintim, who accepted a full-time coaching position at Richmond earlier this month. A 2012 graduate of Allegheny College, Wetzel was a member of the Shenandoah University football staff in 2012. He was a volunteer assistant at Virginia in 2013 and 2014.

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