The OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star football game is sure to be nothing new to the Linsly School coaching staff.
West Virginia and Linsly head coach BJ Depew has announced members of his coaching staff who will join him at Bethany College on July 18 for the start of OVAC camp to prepare for the game, which is scheduled for July 24 at Wheeling Island Stadium.
Joining Depew on the Mountain State sideline will be Chris Kiedaisch (offensive coordinator), James Wallace (defensive coordinator), Brian Valentine (offensive line), Gee Lofstead (defensive line) and Doug Tush (receivers / defensive backs).
“I am really lucky to have had the core staff with me for such a long time”, said Depew. “Having so many Linsly alumni, who have all played in the program, adds an element to it and says a lot about our kids. They are all very knowledgeable and I know they are excited to meet and work with these kids (in the All-Star Game).
Here’s a look at the staff in West Virginia:
BJ DEPEW, Linsly – Since replacing his father at the helm of Cadets, Depew has continued the long line of success in Cadet football.
Depew has spent the past 15 seasons as a football head coach. This happened after working under the direction of his father, Terry, for seven years.
Depew has guided his alma mater to a pair of OVAC titles (2011 and 2017) and is starting his third go-around as the All-Star Head Coach. He has also been named the Ohio Valley Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year three times.
In addition to football, Depew gained coaching experience in baseball and track and field. He is currently the sports director of Linsly.
Depew graduated from Linsly in 1994 and then from Ohio State University in 1999.
BJ and his wife, Tracy, have two children: a son, Isaac, and a daughter, Noelle.
CHRIS KIEDAISCH, Linsly – This former Cadets quarterback has become a key cog in Depew’s staff since his arrival.
Kiedaisch coached at his alma mater for seven seasons and before that he spent a season at his alma mater college, West Liberty.
Along with football, Kiedaisch is currently on Linsly’s baseball staff. He has also coached basketball before.
Kiedaisch, who appeared in the All-Star Game in 2008 and 2014, is married to Jaclyn Kiedaisch.
GEE LOFSTEAD, Linsly – This veteran staff member has worked under Depew for the past eight seasons.
Lofstead graduated from Linsly in 1986, then attended Lafayette College and eventually graduated from Temple University Law School.
During his days of preparation, Lofstead was an outstanding player, earning a spot in the 1986 OVAC All-Star Game, as the team’s captain.
In addition to football, Lofstead has coached both youth hockey and lacrosse.
Gee and his wife, Christina, have two children – Graham and Bridget.
DOUG TUSH, Linsly – The newest member of the Cadet varsity staff is no stranger to football training or Linsly.
Tush is rising in the varsity staff after spending the past four seasons as a junior high head coach. Prior to that he was on the Wheeling Park and Bridgeport coaching teams.
In addition to football, Tush coached baseball at Wheeling Park for 10 years, half of which as a skipper. He was also a director of athletics at Bridgeport, winning the title of athletic director of the year in 2014.
Tush graduated from Wheeling Park in 1991. He received his BA in West Liberty and his MA in West Virginia.
Doug and his wife, Kerri, have two children – a son, Trevin, who was selected for the 2020 All-Star Game after a career at Linsly, and a daughter, Jensen, who is entering his freshman year at Linsly.
BRIAN VALENTINE, Linsly – This longtime assistant has accompanied Depew through every step of his coaching career.
Valentine, who is also the head wrestling coach at Linsly, has spent 15 years of his coaching career working with Linsly.
In wrestling, Valentine helped revitalize the Linsly program. He won a doubles championship and a class 3A tournament and was twice named conference wrestling coach of the year.
Valentine, who holds a degree from West Liberty, shone in football, wrestling and baseball during her prep days.
Brian and his wife Brittany have four sons: Chase, Landon, Cade and Steele.
JAMES WALLACE, Linsly – This former cadet has found a home as one of Depew’s main assistants.
Wallace has worked with the Cadet football program for the past 13 seasons. Along with these duties, he spent several seasons as the boys’ basketball head coach and also worked with the baseball team. Currently, he is also a member of the track and field coaching team.
Wallace graduated from Bethany where he played basketball and baseball and received his masters degree from Muskingum.
James and his wife, Katie, are the parents of a daughter, Emma.