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Former Mountaineer Damon Cogdell Joins WVU Football Staff

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Former Mountaineer linebacker Damon Cogdell has joined the WVU football coaching staff, Head Coach Dana Holgorsen announced Wednesday.  Cogdell will serve as an assistant on the defensive side.  Specific assignments will be made later, Holgorsen said.  There's been no official announcement from WVU on who Cogdell is replacing, but reports are swirling that defensive line coach Erik Slaughter is leaving the staff.

"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 said. "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," said Holgorsen.

Cogdell played linebacker for the Mountaineers in 1997-98, finishing with 107 tackles.  More recently, Cogdell has coached at Miramar High School in Florida, since 2002, serving as the head coach since 2007.  Miramar, of course, is the alma mater of former Mountaineer stars Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey.  Former WVU lineman Josh Taylor and wide receiver Ivan McCartney also played for Cogdell.  More than 50 of his former players have gone on to play at the collegiate level.

"Coming back to West Virginia University is like a breath of fresh air," Cogdell said. "Being here on the coaching staff is a dream come true. I had a great experience as a student-athlete, then I was able to go to Miami and build a highly competitive football program and won a bunch of games, was able to send eight players to play for the Mountaineers and now come full circle. I am so proud of my kids who came here and were successful, especially Geno and Stedman, who have accomplished so much. Getting to be there at the Orange Bowl two years ago and see all the guys perform on that high of a level was unbelievable. Being here at West Virginia is like being at my home away from home, from the secretaries, to the graduate assistants, the staff, the assistant coaches and Dana, it's one big family. I am looking forward to making a big contribution to the University and the football program, I can't wait to get started," Cogdell said in a statement released by WVU.

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