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Former WVU Linebacker Damon Cogdell Returns To Program As A Defensive Coach

No word on staff assignments as yet. Casazza reporting DL coach Erik Slaughter is out.

Jared Wickerham

Damon Cogdell, a linebacker under Coach Don Nehlen and former head coach at Miramar High School (alma mater of Geno Smith, Stedman Bailey & Ivan McCartney among others) in Florida is coming home.

"It’s exciting to welcome back a former Mountaineer to Morgantown. Damon Cogdell has been successful at every stage of his career from player to coach and has built one of the best high school football programs in the state of Florida," Holgorsen says. "Now, as he takes his next coaching step to major college football, it’s certainly appropriate that he starts at his alma mater. He brings a wealth of experience in developing and coaching student-athletes, and his knowledge will be a great asset to our program. He also knows what it means to be a Mountaineer and what this program means to our state, and I am excited to add him to our staff." -

The linked article also stated that staff assignments will be announced at a later time. The current staff is at the NCAA limit (assuming no one is leaving), meaning someone is in for a demotion of some sort if they are going to stick around. The obvious target of speculation would be "embattled" former defensive coordinator and current special teams coordinator Joe DeForest, but that is just conjecture at this point.


According to Casazza's latest blog entry, it is defensive line coach Erik Slaughter who will not be coming back.