Multiple reports have surfaced that Virginia Tech’s wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead is leaving to take the same position at Texas A&M.
BREAKING: Former Virginia Tech assistant Aaron Moorehead hired by Kevin Sumlin as Texas A&M's WR coach. Set to arrive today
— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) January 18, 2015
The 34-year-old Moorehead has been at Virginia Tech for two seasons as a wide receivers coach. He played college football for Illinois, spent five years in the NFL as a wide receiver, and got his start in college coaching as a graduate assistant at New Mexico in 2009. After assisting with wide receiver coaching at Stanford from 2010-12, Moorehead was hired as a full-time wide receivers coach for Virginia Tech in January 2013.
Moorehead’s tenure at Tech is widely regarded as a successful one. In 2013, under Moorehead’s coaching, Joshua Stanford, Willie Byrn and Demitri Knowles became the first trio in program history to each record 40 or more receptions in a season. This season, he coached true freshman wide receivers Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips to 96 combined catches and nine touchdowns.
Moorehead has also been an effective recruiter, credited by 247sports.com (see this link) with landing nine signees and commitments in the last two classes: Ford, Phillips, Melvin Keihn, Darius Fullwood, Adonis Williamson, DuWayne Johnson, Kendrick Holland, Myles Wolfolk, and Eric Whitehead.
Moorehead was hired for $150,000 in Jan. 2013, and through a series of raises, had increased to $185,500 for the coming season, per Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times. But that was still the lowest on Virginia Tech’s staff, by a wide margin.
2015 salary figures: Foster 600K, Loeffler $424K, Stiney $337K, Wiles $308K, Searels $280K, Torrian $275K, Shane & Cornell $252K, A-Mo $185K
— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) January 5, 2015
Bitter reported in his blog post, linked above, that every assistant coach for Texas A&M in the past season made at least $250,000.
There are no early indications as to how Virginia Tech will replace Moorehead.