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


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 concluded his third season on the WCU 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.

WCU struggled through a 3-9 campaign in 2019, including a 2-6 mark in Southern Conference play, marking the third time in the last four seasons that the Catamounts have won three or fewer games overall.

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