West Virginia officially hires OSU's Joe DeForest

From Staff and Wire Reports Published: January 14, 2012
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— West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen officially added Oklahoma State's Joe DeForest to the Mountaineers' coaching staff on Saturday.

DeForest and Holgorsen were both on the Cowboys' coaching staff in 2010. At Oklahoma State, DeForest had been the associate head coach, special teams coordinator and safeties coach since 2005.

“I am happy to come to West Virginia University and be a part of Dana Holgorsen's staff,” DeForest said in a news release. “Dana has done great things here already, and I look forward to helping him and the staff continue to build on what has already been started. As West Virginia enters the Big 12 Conference, and with Dana's previous knowledge of the conference, I am hopeful that my experience in the league also will be helpful in the transition as well. The Mountaineer program has a lot of history and tradition, and I look forward to West Virginia going to more BCS bowls in the future.”

Holgorsen said he'll decide coaching assignments once his staff is complete.

“Joe is an outstanding addition to the West Virginia football staff and brings years of experience, expertise and knowledge of the Big 12 Conference.” Holgorsen said in a new release. “He is not only a good coach, but a great teacher. I worked with him at Oklahoma State and look forward to him and his family joining the Mountaineer program.”

DeForest played two years in the NFL and finished his playing career in Canada. He is a native of Teaneck, N.J.