Houston Cougars hires Dana Holgorsen as head coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Houston Cougars has hired Dana Holgorsen as head football coach. He replaces Major Applewhite, who was fired following the team’s Bowl game.

Holgorson is the Cougars 15th head football coach in program history. He arrives in Houston, Texas after spending the last eight seasons as the West Virgina Mountaineers head coach in Morgantown, West Virginia.

He was previously the school’s Offensive Coordinator in 2008 and 2009.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dana back to Houston as the next leader of our Football program,” Vice President of Athletics Chris Pezman said. “His offensive acumen with an emphasis on student-athlete development, on and off the field, is a perfect fit for our program, University, and city. We are looking forward to Dana connecting with our student-athletes and taking over a program that is primed for continued success at the highest level.”

News began to leak out after midnight on January 1st that an agreement was in place between Holgorsen and the Cougars. He has agreed to a five-year, $20 million deal.

The 47-year-old was the Mountaineers head coach from 2011 through 2018. The 47-year-old Davenport, Iowa native guided the Mountaineers to a 61-41 record, including a 38-32 conference record.

Holgorsen guided West Virginia to three straight Bowl losses. He was 2-5 in seven Bowl games at the school.

He also had two 10-win seasons at the school. He had a 10-3 mark in 2011 and again in 2016.

However, the last two seasons, he guided the team to a 15-10 record.

The Mountaineers are expected to have a rebuilding season in 2019. They lose Will Grier, who is expected to be a first-or-second-round draft pick in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft.

Holgorsen is the second coach from the 2018 Mountaineers coach to accept a head coaching position in Texas. Jake Spavital previously accepted the Texas State Bobcats head coaching position.

Holgorsen has previously worked at the school. He served as the Cougars Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach in 2008 and 2009.

He also was the Oklahoma State Cowboys Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach in 2010. In 2007, he was the Texas Tech Red Raiders Offensive Coordinator and Wide Receivers Coach.

Holgorsen also was the Red Raiders Co-Offensive Coordinator and Inside Wide Receivers Coach in 2005 and 2006. He also was the Red Raiders Inside Wide Receivers Coach from 2000 through 2004.

He also was the Wingate Bulldogs Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers Coach in 1999.

Holgorsen was the Mississippi College Choctaws Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers/Special teams Coach from 1996 through 1998. He began his coaching career with the Valdosta State Blazers Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers/Special Teams Coach from 1993 through 1995.

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