DeForest Leaving OSU For West Virginia

After 11 seasons of directing the Oklahoma State special teams and also assisting with the defense, award-winning special teams coordinator and associate head coach Joe DeForest is leaving Oklahoma State. Contacted by phone on Wednesday afternoon, DeForest said he is going to West Virginia to join Dana Holgorsen's staff with a title yet to be determined.

He also admitted there are some snags in the move becoming official and being announced. DeForest and Holgorsen first met when Holgorsen was at Texas Tech under Mike Leach and both were recruiting the Houston-area.

DeForest was the individual that recommended Holgorsen to Mike Gundy when the OSU head coach was looking for a passing specialist as an offensive coordinator.

DeForest said that he has spoken with Gundy and Oklahoma State athletic director MIke Holder to inform them of his situation.

DeForest has coached award recipients such as Ray Guy Award winner Matt Fodge and Lou Groza Award winner Dan Bailey. His other standout pupils include current Cowboys kicker/punter Quinn Sharp, return specialists such as Perrish Cox and current returner Justin Gilbert.

He put Chicago Bears deep snapper Patrick Mannelly in the pros after coaching him at Duke. He has also coached standouts in the secondary at OSU such as Darrent Williams, Vernon Grant and Markelle Martin.

DeForest's special teams as a group have annually been rated as one of the best in the nation and often times overall the best in the Big 12.

The Florida native that played his collegiate football and also baseball at Louisiana-Lafayette, and then played two seasons of professional football with the Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints of the NFL and the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL, is also considered one of the top recruiters in college football. He has had a strong influence in recruiting the Houston-area where he also coached for awhile at Rice. DeForest came to Oklahoma State after spending seven seasons at Duke.

In his time at Oklahoma State, DeForst has helped the Cowboys to a record of 87-51. During that time the Cowboys have played in nine bowl games including this year's Fiesta Bowl, two Cotton Bowls and two Alamo Bowls.

He likes to say that he achieved a goal as his daughter, Ashley, will graduate from Stillwater High School this May and she attended all of her school in Stillwater.

DeForest will likely have a hand in replacing West Virginia's former defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, who left Wednesday to join Rich Rodriguez at Arizona. Casteel also took the other defensive assistants with him to Arizona.

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