Damon Codgell

Damon Cogdell is leaving Miramar to become an assistant at his alma mater, West Virginia. (Mark Randall / Sun Sentinel / August 10, 2013)

Miramar football coach and athletic director Damon Cogdell confirmed midday Wednesday via his Twitter he will be a defensive assistant at West Virginia.

WVU head coach Dana Holgerson said Cogdell would be joining his staff at 11 a.m. on his Twitter account.

Cogdell, who has a Twitter account with a WVU logo next to his face for a background, said: "Glad to be a Mountaineer."

"This is a dream come true,” Cogdell said. “There are a lot of kids that I will miss. Being at Miramar has been good to me.”


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Cogdell, who was a linebacker at West Virginia, had a 76-14 record in seven years as Miramar's head coach. This season, the Patriots finished 12-1 after being upset in the Class 8A regional finals by Palm Beach Gardens 12-10.

Cogdell said the opportunity to become a coach at West Virginia happened right after the season.

“One thing led to another,” he said. “It was a mutual thing. It just happened and I was fortunate.”

Cogdell received a multi-year deal to coach the defensive line at West Virginia.

Miramar senior defensive back Andre Godfrey said he was a little surprised to see Cogdell leave but was happy for him.

"We are all trying to better ourselves by getting to the next level," said Godfrey, who played four season under Cogdell. "He's trying to do the same thing. I know he has dreams just like we have dreams."

Cogdell's return to Morgantown might not be considered too much of a surprise. He was a linebacker for two seasons at the school in the late 1990s, per WVU's athletics website.

His time as a player helped WVU eventually create a pipeline in South Florida punctuated with Miramar players. It is a long list that includes New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith and St. Louis Rams receiver Stedman Bailey. Both Smith and Bailey finished their rookie seasons in the NFL.

Those ties paid off again Wednesday when Miramar receiver Khalil Lewis committed to WVU via his Twitter account. Lewis committed a few hours prior to Holgerson's tweet.

Godfrey said he was not surprised to see Lewis commit to WVU.

"He has a great relationship with Coach Cogdell," Godfrey said.

Defense and mining talent, without question, were two of Cogdell's greatest strengths during his time at Miramar.

Miramar's defense recorded five shutouts and only surrendered an average of 7.91 points per game this season.

Godfrey, who is the No. 17 on the Sun-Sentinel's Top 50 players in Broward County, said Cogdell made sure everyone understood the concept of hard work and discipline on defense.

"When you put your all into something, you get the most out of it," Godfrey said. "He always was doing something to add pieces to the puzzle so that way, it could help us with bringing the big picture home."

Godfrey added Cogdell's pedigree and accomplishments would also go a long way with getting South Florida players to WVU.

"People saw year in and year out what he was doing at Miramar," Godfrey said. "Players on the defensive side will be heavily considered by him. He'll also be able to get offensive guys too. He knows how to talk to people here because he's from here.

"I think what he can do with the South Florida guys at West Virginia is like what Charlie Strong did with the South Florida guys at Louisville."

Cogdell said he will be meeting with the Miramar principal on Thursday to discuss his replacement as the Miramar football coach.

Miramar now becomes the second school to lose a coach to a college program this off-season. Roger Harriott left University School to become an assistant/running backs coach at FAU in December.