The hire of Joe DeForest was announced today by West Virginia, making it official.
The 11-year veteran of the Oklahoma State staff was not given a specific title however, leaving open several possibilities for his exact role.
According to a release Dana Holgorsen “will announce the coaching responsibilities of his new hires once his staff is complete.”
There was no indication when the rest of those hires will be announced.
Holgorsen, who goes way back with DeForest, said about DeForest:
“Joe is an outstanding addition to the West Virginia football staff and brings years of experience, expertise and knowledge of the Big 12 Conference. 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 worked under Les Miles from 2001-04 and Mike Gundy since then. He was the associate head coach, special teams coordinator and safeties coach.
DeForest: “I am happy to come to West Virginia University and be a part of Dana Holgorsen’s staff. 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.”