GREENVILLE, N.C. – Veteran Appalachian State defensive coordinator John Wiley, the architect of a Mountaineer unit that produced 87 All-Southern Conference performers and played a integral role in three Football Championship Subdivision National Championships, has been named associate head football coach at East Carolina University according to an announcement from head football coach Ruffin McNeill Monday.
Wiley, who will also assume a direct position coaching role with the Pirate linebackers, closes out a 19-year tenure at ASU that included seven SoCon titles and 12 FCS post-season appearances.
"John has been around a lot of success and that's not by coincidence," McNeill said. "I was impressed with his manner and standing in the profession when we coached together, and his reputation has only continued to prosper from there. He's a great addition to our program, undoubtedly one of the people we need on our bus."
After capturing FCS national titles in 2005, 2006 and 2007, Appalachian State rolled to a combined 16-0 league mark in 2008 and 2009. The Mountaineers advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division I playoffs a year ago before falling in the semifinals last December and concluding the season with a No. 3 national rank.
In addition to the 87 all-league selections, Wiley also mentored seven ASU defensive backs who earned All-America honors, including 2008 and 2009 consensus first-team pick Mark LeGree who netted a combined 17 interceptions during those respective campaigns. While a total of eight Mountaineers have been chosen Southern Conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year under Wiley's leadership, three have earned the award in the last four years with Marques Murrell (2006), Corey Lynch (2007) and Jacque Roman (2008).
Wiley's units topped the Southern Conference statistical standings in total defense during the 2000 and 2006 seasons, and recently wrapped up 2009 by tallying 18 interceptions on the way to an 11-3 record.
As Appalachian State's secondary coach, which began with a two-year stint from 1989 to 1990, Wiley developed five NFL Draft picks - Keith Collins (1990), Gary Dandridge (1992), Matt Stevens (1996), Corey Hall (2001) and Corey Lynch (2008). Lynch recently closed out a stellar career in which he became ASU's all-time leader in takeaways with 31 and the career FCS leader with 52 passes defended.
Wiley, 48, opened his career at Texas in 1987 where he helped the Longhorns to a Bluebonnet Bowl appearance as a defensive backs coach. After another season in Austin and two campaigns at Appalachian State, Wiley worked with the secondary and special teams units at Iowa Wesleyan in 1991 and helped the Tigers to a No. 5 NAIA ranking and national playoff appearance. A year later, he served on the Valdosta (Ga.) State staff in the same capacity, helping the Blazers to a Top 20 national ranking in NCAA Division II before re-joining the Mountaineer program in 1993.
Wiley was a three-year football letterman at East Texas State University and part of the Lions' 1983 Lone Star Conference championship team before earning a bachelor's degree in 1984.
A native of Texas City, Texas, Wiley is married to the former Kelly Ponder and the couple are the parents of three children - daughter Megan and sons Jax and Luke.