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UVA Football Team Hires Four Assistant Coaches

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The Virginia football team officially announced the hiring of four assistant coaches Thursday.

Former NC State head coach Tom O'Brien is returning to the University of Virginia to be the assistant head coach and tight ends coach under Mike London.

O'Brien is joined by Jon Tenuta (associate head coach for defense/defensive coordinator), and Jeff Banks (special teams).

Former UVA quarterback Marques Hagans has been promoted to a full-time position, after serving as a graduate assistant coach at Virginia the past two seasons.

Coach London also announced cornerbacks coach Chip West will be the Cavaliers recruiting coordinator.

Tom O'Brien coached at Virginia for 15 seasons from 1982-1996, and served as the offensive coordinator for the last six years of his tenure at UVA under George Welsh. 

O'Brien was the head coach at Boston College from 1997-2006, before leaving to take the same position with the Wolfpack.

The 64-year-old coach was fired at NC State in November after six seasons, where he complied a record of 40-35, leading the Wolfpack to three bowl games.

O'Brien had a non-compete clause in his contract with NC State, prohibiting him from joining another ACC program through the 2015 season.

However, the school is waiving the clause, and will pay O'Brien $200,000, rather than the $1.2 million buyout he was due.

JonTenuta was the associate head coach for defense for O'Brien at NC State last season.

Tenuta played defensive back for the Wahoos from 1978-1980, and graduated from UVA in 1982.

He has 32-years of college coaching experience, and has served as defensive coordinator at Marshall, Kansas State, SMU, Ohio State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame.

Jeff Banks spent the last nine seasons at UTEP under head coach Mike Price, serving as the special teams coordinator while also coaching the running backs and punters last year.

Former Cavaliers quarterback Marques Hagans coached the wide receivers as a graduate assistant at UVA this past season, and will continue in that role as a full time coach.

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