Jake Spavital, who worked with West Virginia's quarterbacks and offense from the moment of his arrival on campus with Dana Hologorsen, was officially elevated to an assistant coaching position. He filled the vacancy left by Holgorsen when the head coach in waiting became the head coach in June.
Spavital was in line for an assistant's job in 2012, but the departure of Bill Stewart allowed him to move up to his destined job a year early. The job is Spavital's first as a full time assistant.
“When I became the head coach in June, I promised the players that the coaching staff and their responsibilities would remain the same,” Holgorsen said. “Jake coached the quarterbacks during the spring and this was a natural progression for our staff. He has worked with me for the past two years and has a bright and promising future in coaching.”
Spavital served as the graduate assistant at Oklahoma State on Holgorsen’s offensive staff in 2010. The Cowboys led the nation in total offense during the regular season and finished No. 2 in passing offense and No. 3 in total and scoring offense. OSU averaged 520.23 yards per game in total offense, including 345.9 passing yards and 44.23 points per game
The Cowboys won a school-record 10 wins during the regular season and won the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden passed for more than 3,000 yards and became the first OSU passer to earn first team all-Big 12 honors and was a finalist for the Manning Award, given to the top quarterback in the nation.
In 2009, Spavital assisted Holgorsen at Houston with a variety of duties on the offensive side of the ball. The Cougars finished No. 1 nationally in total offense (563.4), passing offense (433.7) and scoring offense (42.2). Quarterback Case Keenum led the nation in total offense, totaling 416.4 yards per game. He also ranked among the Top 10 nationally in pass efficiency.
Spavital came to Houston after spending the 2008 season at Tulsa. He was a vital part of the No. 1 ranked offense and a team that finished a school-record 11-4 and defeated Ball State in the GMAC Bowl.
A four-year letterwinner at Missouri State, Spavital was a quarterback for the Bears from 2004-07, and graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in business.
A native of Tulsa, Okla., Spavital played quarterback and defensive back at Union High School. He was selected the 6A-4 Player of the Year in 2003, and played in the 2004 Texas vs. Oklahoma Oil Bowl.
For more on Jake Spavital, read this article from May, 2011.