Fairmont State Head Football Coach Jason Woodman added three new assistants to his coaching staff on Tuesday.
Mike Compton, Dan Gayton and Chris Harvey were officially announced as the first pieces of Woodman's coaching staff at Fairmont State University.
"We are excited to add these three men to the staff because they bring obvious coaching strengths and a wide variety of experiences ranging from the NFL to all levels of college football," Woodman said. "They are excited to be at Fairmont State and very hungry to help us win championships here."
Compton, an All-American center for West Virginia University during the 1990's, served as the offensive line coach at Bluefield College in Virginia for the last two seasons. Compton brings with him to Fairmont 12 years of experience as a player in the NFL, including two Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots. Compton will serve as the offensive line coach for the Falcons. Woodman said Compton is a critical piece of the coaching staff.
"Mike was obviously an unbelievable player to be an All-American and spend 12 years in the NFL and win Super Bowls," Woodman said. "We are excited to have him bring that kind of experience and knowledge here, but he's also a hard worker who is very meticulous and cares about doing the best job he can as a coach. We are thrilled to have him on staff."
Gayton, a former Graduate Assistant at Florida State, will coach the wide receivers for Fairmont State. Gayton spent five years as a student and graduate assistant with the Seminoles. While at Florida State, Gayton was partly responsible for opponent scouting and self-scouting within the program. He also worked closely with Head Coach Jimbo Fisher and Offensive Coordinator James Coley.
"Dan is a young coach who has come up through the ranks much the way I did," Woodman said. "He knows this offense immediately from his experience at Florida State, and he brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to our staff."
Harvey is a native of Logan County. He was also a four-year letterman at the University of Miami, winning a 2002 National Championship with the Hurricanes as the team's long snapper. Harvey has also spent time coaching at Glenville State, Florida State and North Alabama. Harvey will be responsible for the defensive line and special teams.
"I think Chris' experience at a variety of levels, as well as his ties to the state of West Virginia are a huge plus for our coaching staff," Woodman said. "Chris brings a lot to the table with his familiarity of the area and the teams in our league. He's got a great personality and has succeeded at the highest level as a player and a coach."