American Football Database
American Football Database
Vic Koenning
Current position
TitleDefensive coordinator
TeamWest Virginia
ConferenceBig 12
Biographical details
Born (1960-02-26) February 26, 1960 (age 61)
Owasso, Oklahoma
Playing career
Head coaching record

Victor Emanuel Koenning Jr. (born February 26, 1960) is a former professional American football player, and currently serves as the defensive coordinator at West Virginia University. He was recently defensive coordinator at Troy University. He was the interim head coach at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 2011 and was the head football coach at the University of Wyoming from 2000 to 2002, where he compiled a record of 5–29.

Playing career

A three-year starter and team captain at Kansas State, Koenning was the recipient of the Paul Coffman Award, presented to the Wildcat who displays the most outstanding leadership. Koenning was third on the team with 93 total tackles as a senior.

After his collegiate career, he played two seasons (1984–1985) for the Oklahoma Outlaws of the United States Football League (USFL).

Coaching career

Koenning started his college career as an assistant coach for the University of Memphis before moving on to become the defensive coordinator at the University of Wyoming. In 2000, he was promoted to head coach of the Cowboys, but was fired following the 2002 season after posting a record of 5–29. After Wayne Bolt left Troy University following the 2002 season, Koenning was hired by Larry Blakeny as his replacement where Koenning led Troy to a Top-10 ranked defense in 2004.

In 2005 Koenning became defensive coordinator for the Clemson Tigers. Clemson ranked in the top 25 for scoring defense and total defense during his tenure. It was ninth in total defensive in 2007. Koenning resigned his position on December 2, 2008. Koenning's defense was the highlight of the Clemson 2008 season. He was hired at Kansas State by head coach Bill Snyder on December 8, 2008 to be assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator (alongside Chris Cosh) at his alma mater.[1] The K-state defense improved from 118 to 38 under Koenning.

On December 18, 2009, Ron Zook announced he hired Koenning as the defensive coordinator for the University of Illinois. He improved the Illini defense from 91st in the country in 2009, to 38th in 2010, and 7th in 2011. Illinois gave up just 291.8 yards per game and ranked fourth in the nation in pass defense, fifth in tackles for loss and ninth in sacks. After Zook was fired from Illinois at the end of the regular season, Illinois made Koenning the interim head coach for bowl game against UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

After Koenning led the Illini to a win in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, he was the hired by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. I his first season at North Carolina, his defense finished third in the nation in tackles for loss with more than eight per game. The defense that year only allowed a little over 25 points per game. In 2013, North Carolina improved dramatically over the second half of the season, securing wins in six of its last seven contests. In five of those games, North Carolina held its opponents to less than 20 points, including the 39–17 win over Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl. For the entire 2013 season, North Carolina allowed 24.3 points per game, which gave them the 48th-ranked scoring defense.

After the 2014 regular season, Koenning was dismissed from the North Carolina program. He was then hired by Troy again on December 17, 2014 by new head coach Neal Brown to be the defensive coordinator once again for the Trojans.

On January 10th, 2019, Koenning was named the defensive coordinator at West Virginia University by head coach Neal Brown.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Wyoming Cowboys (Mountain West Conference) (2000–2002)
2000 Wyoming 1–10 0–8 9th
2001 Wyoming 2–9 0–7 9th
2002 Wyoming 2–10 1–6 9th
Wyoming: 5–29 1–21
Illinois Fighting Illini (Big Ten Conference) (2011)
2011 Illinois 1–0 0–0 W Kraft Fight Hunger
Illinois: 1–0 0–0
Total: 6–29
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

Coaching tree

Assistants under Vic Koenning who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:


  1. "Vic Koenning Named to Football Staff"[dead link]. - Kansas State University Wildcats official athletic site. - ( - December 8, 2008

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