Wednesday afternoon marked the official end of the Dana Holgorsen era for West Virginia football. After eight years, Holgorsen is leaving West Virginia University for the same position at the University of Houston.
Athletic Director Shane Lyons made an official statement on the departure shortly after the announcement:
“I want to thank Coach Holgorsen for his eight years at West Virginia. We wish him and his family all the best at the University of Houston. Our national search for his replacement has already begun, and I know it will be a successful one. A proven record of competitive success, a passion for the student-athlete, emphasis on academics and a strong work ethic are among the qualities that I will be looking for in our next head coach. We will move quickly to bring him to Morgantown to continue our strong winning tradition and solidify our place in the Big 12 and on the national scene. We are looking forward to this new and exciting era of Mountaineer football.”
The University of Houston’s Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman’s statement on the hiring of Houston’s fifteenth head football coach as well”
“We are thrilled to welcome Dana back to Houston as the next leader of our Football program. 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,” said Pezman. “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.”
The search for the next head coach of the Mountaineers is underway and it believed that the athletic department will not delay in the hiring of the next coach for the Mountaineers.