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West Virginia hires Joe DeForest

West Virginia hired Oklahoma State assistant coach Joe DeForest, the school announced Saturday.

Earlier this week, DeForest told The Tulsa World he had resigned to join the Mountaineers. According to the West Virginia release, coach Dana Holgorsen will announce the coaching responsibilities of his new hires 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 statement. “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 spent the past 11 years at Oklahoma State. Both were on the Cowboys’ staff in 2010. At Oklahoma State, DeForest was the associate head coach, special teams coordinator and safeties coach since 2005. From the 2001-05, he was the special teams coordinator and secondary coach for the Cowboys. He worked under Les Miles from 2001-04, and the past seven years under current coach Mike Gundy.

“I am happy to come to West Virginia University and be a part of Dana Holgorsen’s staff,” DeForest said in a statement. “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.”