"I am very excited to be coaching at ODU. We plan on competing at the national level soon with the caliber of player we can recruit from the state of Virginia. Having been born and raised in Virginia, I understand and appreciate the caliber of football in the state. We can and will win with Virginia high school football players."
- Coach West
Hampton native and former James Madison defensive back coach Chip West is the assistant head coach-recruiting coordinator for the football Monarchs. Prior to coming to Old Dominion, West coached at James Madison for three seasons coaching the defensive backs, including free safety Tony LeZotte, a 2005 All-American and Atlantic-10 Defensive Player of the Year, as well as the Atlantic 10 co-rookie of the year as a freshman.
Prior to coming to JMU, West coached the defensive backs at Fordham in 2003 where the Rams were 9-3. He served as the wide receivers coach at Colgate for four years and worked as a graduate assistant at West Virginia University. Colgate shared the 2002 Patriot League title with Fordham, finishing with a 9-3 overall record and a 6-1 league mark. The Raiders led the Patriot League in 2002 in total offense, averaging 392.5 yards per game, including 215.0 yards per game passing. In 1999 Colgate won the Patriot League title and competed in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.
As a graduate assistant at West Virginia for two seasons, West worked with the defense as the Mountaineers participated in the Carquest and Insight.com bowls.
West played football at Kecoughtan High School under current Virginia Tech assistant coach Curt Newsome. He earned his bachelor's degree in computer information systems from Livingstone College, and his master's in physical education from West Virginia while working as a graduate assistant coach. West was an all-CIAA wide receiver at Livingstone. He has a son, Justin (18), and a daughter, Jada (16).
The West File:Birthdate: November 26, 1970
Hometown: Hampton, Va.
High School: Kecoughtan
College: Livingstone `93
Family: Son - Justin (18); Daughter - Jada (16)
Recruiting Areas:Virginia (Hampton Roads, Tidewater/Metro, "757", Sussex, Greensville, Southampton), Florida (Jacksonville)
Coaching History:2007 - present - Old Dominion - Asst. Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator/Defensive Backs
2004 - 2007 - James Madison - Defensive Backs
2003 - 2004 - Fordham - Defensive Backs
1999 - 2003 - Colgate - Wide Receivers
1997 - 1999 - West Virginia - Graduate Assistant