Virginia football assistant coaches Anthony Poindexter and Vincent Brown are leaving their positions with the Cavaliers to join Bob Diaco’s staff at the University of Connecticut, a source close to the program confirmed to The Daily Progress on Friday.
Poindexter has been with Virginia as a coach for the past 10 seasons. He was a standout safety for the Cavaliers from 1994-98, twice earning first-team All-American honors. The Lynchburg native had his No. 3 jersey retired in 2009.
Poindexter coached safeties for the past four seasons at UVa. According to a Hartford Courant report, he’ll be UConn’s defensive coordinator.
An attempt to reach Poindexter was not immediately returned.
Brown has had two separate stints at Virginia, serving as a graduate assistant in 2007 and a defensive assistant from 2010-13. He coached the Wahoo defensive line this past season.
Brown, a former All-Pro linebacker for the New England Patriots, will coach on the defensive side of the ball for the Huskies.
“Thanks to the amazing young men I met during my time at UVA,” Brown tweeted Friday evening. “Made lifelong friends over the last 4 years. Excited about the future.”
That future is now in Storrs, Conn., where he and Poindexter will be reunited with Diaco.
The first-year UConn head coach was in charge of UVa linebackers and defensive backs under Al Groh from 2006-08.
Diaco has also reportedly hired Wayne Lineburg, a former Virginia quarterback (1992-96) and staff member (2007-08).
The departures leave UVa head coach Mike London with just three members from his 2012 staff (offensive line coach Scott Wachenheim, cornerbacks coach Chip West, receivers coach Marques Hagans) remaining in Charlottesville.
London is 18-31 in four seasons at UVa and will likely be coaching for his job in 2014.
The loss of Poindexter means the Cavaliers will be without their main recruiter for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Brown was responsible for parts of the Tidewater region.
UVa’s recruiting class of 2014 stands at 15 members and it could grow by one today when Virginia Beach four-star receiver Jamil Kamara announces his decision during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.