Since he came to the WVU football team in 2011, Dana Holgorsen has received several complaints on many different aspects of his coaching style.
Holgorsen can be a fireball, no doubt, but he also has a level head to get where he has in his life and career. Holgorsen has done a lot of good for the WVU football program. And, of course, there is still some untapped potential with what he can do with the Mountaineers.
Some people have said he has “lost the team” and the WVU football team seems “unfocused.” That probably couldn’t be farther from the case. College athletes devote their life to their schoolwork and football and anyone who doesn’t give their all is simply a fool.
One former WVU football player has made sure to give a ringing endorsement to Holgorsen. Russel Shell, who remains a legend in the Pennsylvania high school football ranks, had a decent career at West Virginia. From starting out at Pitt to wondering where to transfer, Shell brought a lot of baggage with him.
But Holgorsen accepted him with open arms and gave him a chance to compete. Maybe some WVU football fans were expecting more from Shell, but he handled his brief Mountaineer career with a solid attitude. Shell could have turned his back on Morgantown, the WVU football team and Holgorsen following his time but he recently showed he shares the same mutual respect for Holgorsen that Holgorsen showed to him.
Holgorsen is a cool coach for a number of different reasons. First, his energy drink addiction shows he can be just a normal guy trying to get his fix. He is also usually aware of pop culture insights, such as his relationship with Barstool Sports and the popular podcast Pardon My Take.
Most importantly, Holgorsen is seen in a cool light by his players. It is his job to get the most out of his gas in order to win games and championships for the WVU football program. He still has a ways to go to accomplish everything he wants at West Virginia.
If recruits see the Holgorsen is a good guy and a cool coach, the top talent will want to play for the WVU football team. That’s just one step to winning games and competing for championships.