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Sport(s)  American football
1990-1991  Rice (Assistant)

Name  Joe DeForest
Conference  Big 12 Conference
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Title  Special Teams Coordinator, Associate Head Coach
Born  April 17, 1965 (age 50) Teaneck, New Jersey (1965-04-17)
1983-1986  University of Southwestern Louisiana
1988-1990  Titusville High School (Assistant Coach)
1992-1993  Rice (Safety Coach & Outside Linebacker Coach)
Education  University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Team  West Virginia Mountaineers football

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Joe Deforest (born April 17, 1965) is an assistant coach, currently serving as the Special Teams Coordinator for the Kansas Jayhawks, and formerly for the West Virginia Mountaineers college football team. DeForest was named WVU Defensive Coordinator January 14, 2012. He was reassigned as associate head coach and special teams coordinator following the 2012 season. DeForest was brought in by WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen. The pair previously worked together in 2010 at Oklahoma State University where Holgerson was the Offensive Coordinator and DeForest, the Special Teams Coordinator and Director of Recruiting. DeForest's contract with WVU was not renewed in January 2016.


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DeForest was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, and grew up in Titusville, Florida. He, and his wife, Laura, have one daughter, Ashley.

College (player)

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DeForest is a 1987 graduate of University of Southwest Louisiana with a bachelor's degree in marketing. He was a four-year starter and was twice named to the all-Southern and all-Louisiana independent teams.

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He also was a two-year lettermen as a pitcher on the Ragin' Cajuns baseball squad. He received the inaugural President’s Cup, signifying the University’s top male athlete.

Professional career

In 1987, DeForest was signed as a free agent but then released in the preseason by the Houston Oilers (NFL) and then signed by the New Orleans Saints NFL. He finished his playing career with a brief appearance during the preseason for the Calgary Stampeders (CFL) in 1988.

College coach

DeForest served as an assistant coach at Duke (1994-2001) as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. He was hired by Les Miles in 2001 at Oklahoma State University as the Special Teams Coordinator and secondary coach. He remained at Oklahoma State until 2012 and served as the Associate Head Coach, Special teams Coordinator, and safeties coach. Under his tutelage, he coached Matt Fodge, a Ray Guy Award winner and Dan Bailey, a Lou Groza Award winner. He also coached and recruited several NFL players including Darrent Williams (Denver Broncos), Jacob Lacey (Indianapolis Colts), Markelle Martin (Tennessee Titans), Dan Bailey (Dallas Cowboys), Ryan Fowler (Tennessee Titans), Patrick Mannelly (Chicago Bears) and Russell Okung, (Seattle Seahawks). 2012, In 2012, he was hired by Dana Holgorsen to serve as the defensive coordinator for the West Virginia University Mountaineers. He will be WVU's Associate Head Coach and special teams coordinator for the 2013 season. After a terrible stint as defensive coordinator at WVU, he was placed in charge of Special Teams for the 2014 campaign.

On Friday, February 26, 2016 DeForest was hired as the new special teams coach at the University of Kansas.


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