Defensive coordinator and associated head coach Jim Reid and three other assistants were ousted at Virginia as part of a staff shake-up announced Sunday by coach Mike London.
Reid was relieved of his duties, the school said in a statement, along with defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Jeff Hanson, running backs coach Mike Faragalli and tight ends coach Shawn Moore.
All four coaches accompanied London when he left Richmond, where he won an FCS national championship in 2008, to take the Virginia job in December 2009.
"After conducting a complete evaluation of the program and discussing my thoughts with administration, there are a number of areas we need to improve on and it starts with me as the head coach," London said in a statement. "The decision to release these four coaches is very difficult, but one I feel is necessary in order to meet the goals we have set for the Virginia football program."
The four assistants will receive a buyout from the university totaling $1.36 million, according to the statement.
The Cavaliers finished with a 4-8 record this season after posting eight wins in 2011.
"This university and its fans deserve a program that competes for championships," London said. "In order to do that, we need to make improvements in every aspect of our football operation."