MORGANTOWN — Former WVU offensive lineman and broadcaster Dale Wolfley handed away in his sleep on Saturday night.
“While you consider someone that has a persona that Wolf did and it’s a bigger-than-life persona you simply don’t take into consideration these folks passing,” WVU head coach Neal Brown mentioned Monday. “I’m nonetheless in all probability in a bit of little bit of shock there.
“I heard about his passing late (Sunday) and my first response was ‘Are you positive?’”
Wolfley, 56, was a four-year letterwinner for the Mountaineers below head coach Don Nehlen from 1987-1990. After graduating, Wolfley grew to become an assistant on Nehlen’s employees for 3 seasons. His teaching profession ultimately introduced him again to Morgantown in 2008 when he grew to become the coordinator of participant relations for coach Invoice Stewart.
He additionally labored with former WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen, whose crew will play the Mountaineers this Thursday in Houston.
“My condolences exit to Dale Wolfley’s household,” Holgorsen mentioned Monday. “Wolfman was on my employees, he was an excellent participant there, he labored there eternally. He was crucial to lots of people and to Mountaineer Nation.”
Holgorsen mentioned he’s positive Wolfley would have made the journey to Houston to look at the sport this week (7 p.m., FS1).
Following his teaching profession, Wolfley loved a profitable broadcasting profession starting in 2012 with the Mountaineer Sports activities Community, Gold and Blue Nation and, most lately, his personal “Wolfman’s Name” podcast.
“There’s no larger supporter of West Virginia soccer than Dale Wolfley,” Brown mentioned. “He helped me rather a lot after I first obtained right here connecting with former gamers. … He was the hyperlink between a number of the previous gamers and the present crew. Even guys earlier than he performed, he had constructed actually good relationships with these guys.”
A local of Orchard Park, New York, each of Wolfley’s brothers additionally performed faculty soccer. Craig went to Syracuse and Ron adopted Dale to WVU. Craig went on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings whereas Ron was a four-time Professional Bowl particular groups participant.
Wolfley is survived by his former spouse, Kathleen, and their 4 youngsters, Stone, Maverick, Jaden Oz and Talley.
Stone performed 4 seasons for WVU from 2015-19 and is presently an assistant coach at his alma mater, Morgantown Excessive College. Maverick additionally performed for WVU earlier than persevering with his profession at Akron and West Florida.
“He was at all times the man that actually engaged former gamers and obtained them again across the program. He’ll be missed,” Brown mentioned of Wolfley. “He at all times talked concerning the brotherhood of West Virginia soccer gamers and I do know that complete brotherhood is absolutely hurting as we speak.”