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Miramar's Damon Cogdell joins West Virginia coaching staff

Miramar High's Damon Cogdell, who built the Patriots football program into a state and national power and won a state championship in 2009, has joined the West Virginia coaching staff.

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen posted the news on Twitter at around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Cogdell, who played at West Virginia, responded to Holgorsen's tweet with the following message.

Cogdell leaves behind a winning legacy at Miramar. The Patriots were 12-0 this past season before being upset in the regional finals by Palm Beach Gardens.

He led Miramar to seven consecutive playoff appearances including a state runner-up finish in 2011.

Messages left for Cogdell and the administration at Miramar by The Miami Herald have yet to be returned.


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Success comes a little easier when you get to use Miramar students and half the Carol City team. How and why the CC boys kept going to play for this guy is a wonder. All I know is that the Tampa Plant staff beat Miramar and this guy's staff with 1/10 of Miramar's player talent.

It's a wise hire for WVU, as the guy must be a charismatic recruiter. That is his strength. Coaching is not.


Mighty Miramar Chiefs ;)


Lol, so sad that people can't just give this man his props. He's a dynamic coach who deserves this job. Btw, my son was on his team for 4 years (starting Darkside defense, he's a senior now) and he's from Broward county, as is the majority of the team. If there are any young men from Dade county on the team, there aren't many, and that would have been their choice to play for him because of his winning record. Please stop trying to tarnish his shine!


Cogdell was the first runner-up for the National High School Coach of the Year by the US Army All-American Bowl in 2012, was the 2009 Nike and BCAA High School Coach of the Year, the 2009 High School Coach of the Year by the Miami Dolphins, TheMiami Herald and Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. He was a head coach in the Private vs. Public Schools All-Star Game in 2010 and served as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Dade/Broward All-Star Games in 2006-08.


While he was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator from 2002-06, his defense finished No. 1 in Broward County three times and the Patriots advanced to the state playoffs in 2004 and 2005. He had seven defensive players who were All-Broward County nominees, had 11 players named to the Dade/Broward All-Star team and had five players play college football at either Division I, II or III colleges. He was awarded the “Developing Boys into Young Men through Discipline in Sports” honor in 2006 by the Miami Dade Alumni Chapter of Bethune Cookman.


Cogdell also served as the head coach for the Miramar flag football team, which won the 2006 and 2009 state championship and the district championship in 2004 and 2005. Prior to his tenure at Miramar, Cogdellserved as the linebackers and running backs coach at Centennial High in Alpharetta, Ga., from 2000-02, earning the 2002 Assistant Coach of the Year Award by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association. He helped lead Centennial to the state high school playoffs both years and also served as the strength and conditioning and head track coach. Cogdell has been a physical education teacher at Miramar since 2002 and has served as director of athletics since 2010.


Yeah, he must've had everyone snowed then. LOL

V Padgett

Hey Miami guy, Stop hating! I'm followed Coach Codgell since he played as a linebacker at West Virginia University. He was a stellar player & team leader then.

He's a class act and an outstanding mentor, football coach and leader. He will be fast-tracked in the next few years becoming a defensive coordinator and a head coach some day very soon.

You should love success not envy it.

Tommy Gaines

Damon, we always knew you would make it to the big times. You are a one of a kind coach. We didn't know you were awarded so many awards during your high school coaching career. Not bragging about your honors says alot about who you are and about your character. You have been blessed with talent to coach and bring out the best in young men. Congradualtions. We wish you the best. Tommy (your second Dad fr So Cal) & Sandra

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