Assistant defensive coaches Anthony Poindexter and Vincent Brown will be leaving Mike London's staff at Virginia for positions at UConn, according to reports on Twitter and in the Daily Progress Friday night. It is said that Poindexter will be named defensive coordinator for the Huskies. Brown's role isn't known at this time. The two will join the staff of new Huskies coach Bob Diaco. Diaco was an assistant under former Virginia coach Al Groh.
Poindexter is one of Virginia's largest living legends. He played for George Welsh and the Cavaliers from 1994-98 and was a two-time first team All American at safety. He served ten years as an assistant for both Groh and London, and coached running backs, special teams and safeties during his tenure. Poindexter was an important recruiter for the Cavaliers in the Washington, DC metro area. He coached All American safety Anthony Harris in 2013.
Brown coached linebackers for the Cavaliers under London and served as a graduate assistant for one year under Groh. He was well-liked by players and staff and gained a number of recruiting victories for Virginia in the state of Georgia. Perhaps Brown's biggest coup as a recruiter came in 2011, when he led the successful recruitment of quarterback Greyson Lambert.
The departures continue a tumultuous string of off-seasons in Charlottesville. In December 2012, four Cavalier assistants were fired following a disappointing 4-8 season. Shawn Moore, another of Virginia's living legends as a player, was among those fired. It has been reported on this site and elsewhere that those firings were mandated by associate athletics director Jon Oliver in an attempt to improve the program. Virginia went 2-10 in 2013.
With the departures of Poindexter and Brown, London's staff has almost completely turned over since he became Virginia's coach before the 2010 season. Only cornerbacks coach Chip West and offensive line coach Scott Wachenheim remain. It is unknown at this point where Virginia will look for replacements for Poindexter and Brown.
Stay tuned to Streaking the Lawn for more coverage of Virginia's off-season.