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Sources: Jeff Casteel expected to be named UTEP’s defensive coordinator

The final piece of UTEP’s coordinator search appears to be in place ahead of tomorrow’s official announcement.

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According to multiple sources, and a report from, former Arizona defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel has been offered the same job at UTEP, and is expected to be announced as UTEP's new defensive coordinator tomorrow.

The announcement of a full-time special teams coordinator will also be unveiled as Don Yanowsky is expected to take over that role, a new coaching position on UTEP's staff.

Casteel returns to UTEP after a decade long stint at West Virginia as a defensive line coach, linebackers coach, and defensive coordinator from 2001-2011.

Following a 2012 Orange Bowl win with West Virginia, Casteel reunited with Rich Rodriguez in 2012 at Arizona where he ran his 3-3-5 defense for the past four seasons.

Casteel coached defensive ends at UTEP in 2000 which was UTEP's last conference title season.

In 2007, he was named Defensive Coordinator of the Year by Rivals while at West Virginia under Rich Rodriguez, and has been a key recruiter at Arizona.

Yanowsky brings tons of experience as a long time special teams coordinator, which makes UTEP one of the few Group of Five schools to actually have a special teams coordinator who isn't responsible for another position.

The well-traveled Yanowsky had college stints at LSU where was a tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, and also coached tight ends and special teams at Boston College, and at East Carolina.

Yanowsky has been in the Canadian Football League over the past couple of years as a Special Teams Coordinator for Calgary, and most recently Ottawa last season.

So in total, UTEP is expected to announce four new coaches, Brent Pease offensive coordinator, Jeff Casteel defensive coordinator, Theron Aych wide receivers coach, and Don Yanowsky as special teams coordinator.

Combined UTEP's new expected coaching additions bring 112 years of experience, 29 bowl appearances, two-CFL Grey Cup appearances, and an NCAA I-AA national championship.

Sean Kugler will formally announce all coaching moves tomorrow at a 2:00 p.m. press conference.