Kansas Jayhawks head football coach David Beaty has hired Joe DeForest as Kansas’ new special teams coordinator, according to a report from KUSports.com.
DeForest, 50, had served in the same role at West Virginia since 2013 and was also an associate head coach. He served as the Mountaineers’ defensive coordinator before that and has also coached at Oklahoma State, Duke and Rice.
“We’ve always talked about how consistent his teams have been in special teams in the Big 12,” Beaty said of DeForest. “He has led every category at some point in time throughout his career in the Big 12. And he’s done it often, not just a couple times.”
And DeForest’s hiring could not come at a better time. Kansas is coming off of an absolutely awful season in which it did not win a single game in Beaty’s first season, and a number of coaches and assistants left the program after the 2015 season.
DeForest’s hiring won’t turn the program around overnight and there is still a lot of work to be done, but it is still a step in the right direction and can hopefully be the first step in getting the Jayhawks back into Big 12 football contention.
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