Koenning Hired At South Alabama

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MOBILE, Ala. -- Former Texas A&M offensive coordinator Les Koenning, Jr., has been named to a similar post at South Alabama, head coach Joey Jones announced Friday. Koenning brings 27 years of coaching experience to the staff, including 26 at the collegiate level.

Koenning, 48, just completed his fifth year on the Texas A&M staff, working with the quarterbacks as his position group. He has spent the last 10 years of his career coordinating offenses and calling plays, starting in 1998 at Duke before stops at Houston (1999), TCU (2000) and Alabama (2001-03).

“There are two main reasons that I was immediately attracted to this position,” Koenning said. “The main reason is Joey Jones. He is well respected in Alabama and that is a great benefit. The second is that I am excited to be on the ground level of something big. Mobile is a great area, especially in football recruiting. The university has had great success in all sports and it is exciting to think of having that in football.”

A native of Houston, Koenning began his career with graduate assistantships at Texas and Alabama before being named wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette in 1985. He moved to Rice as wide receivers coach from 1990-93 before taking the same position at Texas A&M. Koenning gained a year of experience in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins during the 1997 season before returning to his college roots.

Koenning has coached teams to nine bowl games, including the three straight with the Aggies. In 2000, TCU’s Horned Frogs participated in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile.

A 1981 graduate of Texas with a degree in Health and Physical Education, Koenning added a master’s degree in sports management two years later. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Les and Lana.

“I am very excited about bring Les in as my offensive coordinator,” Jones said. “He is without a doubt one of the top offensive coordinators in the country. He bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be very beneficial.

“We have been friends for several years and he is as good a coach as he is a person,” Jones added. He will be a tremendous asset to the South Alabama football program.”

Koenning is the second coach hired by Jones for the startup Football Bowl Series program. Dameyune Craig was announced as running backs coach on Wednesday.

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