MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–West Virginia head coach Neal Brown announced that Vic Koenning will be the Mountaineers’ defensive coordinator and safeties coach.
“Vic has coached in many different conferences, including the Big 12, Big Ten, ACC and Sun Belt,” Brown said. “He has been a head coach at the collegiate level, and I am excited to bring his coaching experience to West Virginia. Throughout his career, Vic’s defenses are nationally known for their tenacity and ability to force turnovers, making them very opportunistic units. He is no stranger to Big 12 football and will be a great leader for our unit.”
Koenning served as Brown’s defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Troy for the past four years.
The Owasso, Oklahoma native will replace Tony Gibson, who served as an assistant at WVU since 2013. He was also with the Mountaineers from 2001-07.
From 2016-18, Troy’s defense allowed 20.8 points per game, ranking fourth nationally among non-power 5 schools. From 2015-18, the Trojans are second nationally among FBS schools in takeaways (106).
Last season Troy’s defense gave up 22.0 points per game (28th in the nation) and 347.9 yards per game (31st). The Trojan defense was third nationally in turnovers gained (31), fifth in interceptions (18) and fumbles recovered (13), No. 11 in turnover margin (0.77), No. 16 in tackles for loss (7.6), No. 21 in red zone defense and tied for No. 28 in first-down defense (240).
Troy led the Sun Belt Conference in sacks, interceptions, turnovers, red zone defense and was second in rushing defense, total defense and third in scoring defense.
Prior to his experience at Troy, Koenning served as a defensive coordinator at Clemson, Illinois, Kansas State and North Carolina.
Also, he was head coach at Wyoming from 2000-02, where he went 5-29.
Koenning and his wife, Tracey, have four children, Kimberly, Brady, Camden and Jackson.
He was a three-year starter, team captain and 1983 graduate at Kansas State, where he was the recipient of the Paul Coffman Award, presented to the Wildcat who displays the most outstanding leadership.
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