Les Koenning Accepts Position With Mississippi State

December 27, 2008 · By · Filed Under Football 

South Alabama’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach has accepted a position with Coach Dan Mullen and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. He has previously coached at Mississippi State from 1986-1989 as running backs and wide receivers coach.

Coach Koenning has been an offensive coordinator since 1998 when he first took the reigns at Duke. Following Duke he has coached at Houston, Texas Christian, three years at Alabama and five years at Texas A&M. Overall Coach Koenning has been part of squads that have gone to nine bowl games.

When asked about Coach Koenning leaving he stated, “I’m really pleased for Les, this is a great opportunity for him. He’s an outstanding coach and recruiter who deserves to be at a school like Mississippi State. This was too good of an opportunity for him to turn down, we wish him tremendous success in the future.”

Also, Coach Koenning had this to say about the South Alabama football program. “I have no doubt that South Alabama is heading in the right direction, and I’m thankful for the past year that I was able to spend there. The opportunity to return to Mississippi State and work with coach Mullen was an opportunity my family and I could not pass up. I wish nothing but the best for South Alabama and all of the fine people I had an opportunity to work with.”

Coach Koenning was named to the USA staff on February 29, 2008 and was the schools first offensive coordinator but never coached in a game for the Jaguars. Now the search is on for his replacement. No words as of yet about possible replacements but coach Jones has indicated previously that they are looking to run a shotgut type spread offense with balance running and passing the ball.

We hate to see coach Koenning go, but us at ThunderJags.com wish him the best in the SEC with Mississippi State.

-Go Jags!


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