Arizona Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez moved quickly, promoting Charlie Ragle to tight ends coach after news broke earlier Thursday that assistant Spencer Leftwich was leaving for UTEP.
Ragle, the former head coach at Scottsdale Chaparral High School, served this season as UA’s assistant director of football operations and the staff liaison for high school relations.
Ragle was head coach at Chaparral from 2007 to 2011, winning state championships in his division in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and compiling a 63-7 record.
Leftwich departed for UTEP, where his son, quarterback Mack Leftwich, is committed to sign in February.
“From the bottom of my heart, I’m so grateful and appreciative to Rich Rodriguez for giving me the opportunity to work with him and our staff at Arizona,” Leftwich said in a statement.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Tucson and the success we had this year. This is an opportunity, to get my whole family together, that I just couldn’t pass up.”
Billy Kirelawich, the son of Arizona defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich, will be promoted to assistant director of operations. The younger Kirelawich was the program’s operations coordinator during the 2012 season.