Western Carolina football

CULLOWHEE — Western Carolina head football coach Mark Speir announced changes to his assistant coaching staff that includes a pair of coordinators.

Speir, a former Appalachian State assistant coach, announced that defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach John Wiley, co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Tyler Carlton, and outside linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Mark Rhea will not be retained. The staff changes are effective immediately.

Wiley, a former defensive coordinator under former Appalachian State head coach Jerry Moore, concluded his third season on the Western Carolina sidelines in 2019 while Carlton, who was elevated to a position to share offensive coordinator duties this year, had been on staff in Cullowhee since 2014.

Rhea was the longest-tenured WCU assistant coach, coming to Cullowhee in March 2010 as a part of the previous Catamount coaching staff. He remained on board after the coaching change in 2011 and served as the interim head coach for the program in mid-November of 2011.

Speir will have no further comment until new assistant coaches are hired.

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