Former Kansas/West Virginia Assistant Joe DeForest Joins Staff

USC coach Clay Helton has hired Joe DeForest, who was special teams coach at Kansas last season. DeForest was the defensive coordinator at West Virginia in 2012 and then coached special teams from 2013-15.

Since USC already has 10 assistant coaches, it will probably give DeForest some type of title like special teams quality control assistant. Maybe this hire will help last season’s dreadful special teams. It can’t hurt.

Since Helton seems to rarely hire assistants without a prior connection, here is this one: Helton’s first coaching job was as an assistant at Duke in 1995-96. DeForest was Duke’s linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.

You didn’t think DeForest just applied for the job did you? Just be glad he didn’t come from Western Kentucky.


4 thoughts on “Former Kansas/West Virginia Assistant Joe DeForest Joins Staff

  1. Mr. Deforest better know where he will be working. he better realize that he is working for the greatest college football program ever in the history of college football, the University of Southern California. He better best buckle up else he will be run over by the Thundering Herd.


    1. I hate to disappoint you Pasadena Trojan, but the Tide of Alabama has to be ranked ahead of the Trojans at this time. Very close in history though.
      Look where Coach Deforest is coming from Kansas ( not the Gale Sayers years ) who has an awful program right now, and where was he in 2016/ 2017?

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      1. Here’s a little bit of insight into DeForest —-In 2014, after he’d been demoted to Special Teams Coach in 2013, his unit was responsible for 3 kick/punt returns for TOUCHDOWNS in a 3 game stretch, fumbled SIX punts (lost 4!) and averaged THREE yards on punt returns.


  2. First thought Why? However maybe we need a coach who can count to 11 as in 11th coach on staff. I’ll wait to see how this develops before I gripe.


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