WVWC Names Tony Testa as new football coach


West Virginia Wesleyan College has named assistant Tony Testa as its new Head Football Coach. 

Testa replaces former head coach Del Smith, who resigned earlier this week to, “pursue new career endeavors,” according to the college. 

Testa has been a member of the Wesleyan coaching staff since 2013, where he has served as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator, before being promoted to offensive coordinator for the 2018 campaign.

“We are excited that Tony has accepted the opportunity to lead Wesleyan’s football program,” said President Dr. Joel Thierstein.  “Tony has a great rapport with our players and has been instrumental in leading our program’s community service initiatives.  He has a great understanding of the caliber of student-athlete we strive to attract and retain. We are confident our program will exemplify Wesleyan’s mission under his leadership.”

Prior to returning to Wesleyan in 2013, Testa worked as an offensive consultant and running backs coach at Baldwin-Wallace University. He also spent one season at The Apprentice School in 2009. He began coaching at Marietta College.

A native of Parkersburg, Testa was a four-year letter winner at Wesleyan and earned second team All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) honors in 2005.  He was a part of both the 2002 and 2003 WVIAC Championship teams under Bill Struble.

Testa played for the Bobcats from 2002-2007 and said he’s glad to be able to continue to be a part of the team’s tradition.

“It’s really an honor to get a chance to come back and be a head coach at your alma mater.  I’ve been here for 6 years now, so I’ve had the chance to work and really try to build this program up,” Testa said.

Wesleyan played to a 1-10 record last season. Testa will try to give the Bobcats their first winning season since 2011. 

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