STARKVILLE, Miss. – Les Koenning, Jr., a veteran of more than 25 years coaching on the collegiate level including a previous stop at Mississippi State, has been named to head coach Dan Mullen’s coaching staff, pending approval by the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning.
“Les is a great addition to our staff and he’s an innovative offensive mind,” Mullen said. “He’s been around football his entire life and has a wealth of experience on the offensive side of the ball.”
Koenning comes to Mississippi State from South Alabama, where he spent the past season as the offensive coordinator for the newly developed Jaguar program. South Alabama will begin playing intercollegiate football in 2009.
“I’ve known Coach Mullen for a long time and our offensive philosophies are very similar,” Koenning said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for my family and me and I’m excited to return to Starkville to help continue to build this program.”
Prior to his one-year stay at South Alabama, Koenning, 49, spent five years on the Texas A&M staff, serving as offensive coordinator and working with the quarterbacks. 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).
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.
Koenning then served as running backs and wide receivers coach for Rockey Felker at Mississippi State from 1986-89. 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.
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.
LES KOENNING BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Master’s in Sports Management – Texas, 1983
Bachelor’s in Health and Physical Education – Texas, 1981
Born on February 10, 1959 in San Antonio, Texas
Married to the former Lisa Pihl
Two children, Les and Lana