Head football coach Dan Mullen spent the first 14 years of his career coaching on the offensive side of the ball and four at Florida as offensive coordinator. When he began his search for an offensive coordinator, Mullen found Les Koenning - a coach with more than 25 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge not only about developing quarterbacks but also about the spread offense.
Koenning is not only experienced coaching on the collegiate level in general, he gained some of that knowledge during a previous stop at Mississippi State. His second full-time position in the college ranks was a four-year stint in Starkville from 1986-89.
In just three short years, Koenning’s offense has nearly doubled the average number of points scored (15.2 ppg in 2008; 25.3 in 2011) and has developed the Bulldog offense into an attack that has never been seen in Starkville. The last two seasons marked the highest combined two-year offensive output in school history (9,860 yards), breaking almost every single offensive school record in the process.
Last season, the Bulldog offense set the school record for passing touchdowns in a season (19) and finished second all-time in school history in total offense and first downs. Koenning’s offense finished in the top 10 in passing yards, completions and completion percentage.
The year before, State placed among the top 10 in school history in the following categories: passing yardage, completion percentage, passing touchdowns, rushing attempts, rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, total plays, total offensive yards, per-game offense and first downs.
Koenning came to Mississippi State from South Alabama, where he spent 2008 as the offensive coordinator for the newly developed Jaguar program.
Prior to his one-year stay at South Alabama, Koenning, 52, spent five years on the Texas A&M staff, serving as offensive coordinator and working with the quarterbacks. He has spent the last 14 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, Texas, 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.
2009- Mississippi State (Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterbacks)
2008-09: South Alabama (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
2003-07: Texas A&M (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
2001-02: Alabama (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
2000: TCU (Passing Game Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
1999: Houston (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
1998: Duke (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
1997: Miami Dolphins (Offensive Assistant)
1994-96: Texas A&M (Wide Receivers)
1993(Dec.): Duke (Wide Receivers)
1990-93: Rice (Wide Receivers)
1986-89: Mississippi State (Running Backs / Wide Receivers)
1985: Louisiana-Lafayette (Wide Receivers / Recruiting Coordinator)
1984: Alabama (Graduate Assistant)
1981-83: Texas (Graduate Assistant)
Birthdate: Feb. 10, 1959
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Education: 1981 – Bachelor’s in Health and Physical Education from Texas
1983 – Master’s in Sports Management from Texas
Children: Les and Lana