Beaty to hire Joe DeForest to coach KU football’s special teams – KUsports

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The rebuilding of a Kansas University football coaching staff decimated by departures is officially under way.

Sources close to the KU football program told the Journal-World early Friday afternoon that second-year head coach David Beaty had identified a replacement for KU’s open special teams coordinator position.

And Beaty, via text message, later confirmed that he will hire Joe DeForest, who in January was not retained by West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen after working as the Mountaineers’ defensive coordinator in 2012 and special teams/safeties coordinator from 2013-15.

Prior to that, DeForest worked at Oklahoma State from 2001-11, coaching the safeties and coordinating the Cowboys’ special teams.

“Joe has produced at a high level every year that he has coached in the Big 12,” Beaty told the Journal-World. “I have always admired his production and the style in which his players play.”

DeForest, 50, earned $375,000 with the Mountaineers in 2015 and likely was hired by Beaty for $200,000 or less. Since 1990, he also has held various full-time coaching positions at Duke and Rice.

Demoted from DC to special teams coordinator after a 2012 season in which the WVU defense surrendered nearly 500 yards of offense per game, DeForest found success with West Virginia’s special teams and safeties.

That 2012 defense, which featured a bunch of true freshmen and first-year players, ranked 108th in total defense, 114th in scoring D and 119th in pass-efficiency D.

As safeties coach, DeForest helped develop WVU standouts Karl Joseph, K.J. Dillon and Dravon Askew-Henry and his special teams units also featured a few standouts, with kicker Josh Lambert earning Lou Groza Award finalist status in 2014, punter Nick O’Toole being named all-Big 12 in 2015 and a kick-return unit, led by dynamic return man Mario Alford, that ranked eighth nationally.

DeForest seems to fit the the mold of Beaty’s staff in that he is an intense competitor with incredible energy and a passion for recruiting.

The hire represents the third new full-time assistant added to Beaty’s staff this offseason — joining wide receivers coach Jason Phillips and linebackers coach Todd Bradford — and leaves Kansas with two assistant coaching vacancies.

Beaty still is searching for a defensive line coach and running backs coach and the belief is that both will be hired by the time spring practices begin on Sunday, March 6.

Stay logged on to for more on this hire, which may include comments from Beaty, who, later today, will speak with the media before entertaining KU supporters at the final Football in February event at Sporting KC from 5-7 p.m. this evening.

DeForest interview prior to 2015 game against Kansas:

DeForest mic’d up at Oklahoma State in 2011: