"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."
Cogdell will likely be an asset in recruiting South Florida, where the Mountaineers already have a solid recruiter in running backs coach JaJuan Seider.
Cogdell has been the head coach at Miramar since 2007 after first serving as the school's defensive coach. According to the school's release he was 72-19 overall at Mirimar and won the 2009 state championship, finished second in 2011 and advanced to at least the second round of the state high school playoffs each year.
"Coming back to West Virginia University is like a breath of fresh air," Cogdell said in the school's release. "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 graduated from West Virginia with a bachelor's degree in physical education with an emphasis in sports management in 1999 and has a physical education teaching certification. He was a linebacker with the Mountaineers in 1997 and 1998, finishing with 107 tackles, including 66 as a senior. He had seven tackles for loss, three sacks, two pass breakups and forced a fumble. He had a career-high 13 tackles against Virginia Tech in 1997 and a career-high two tackles for loss against Miami in 1997.
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