It’s early July and football season is about a month and a half away. The 2019 season is sure to bring Mountaineer fans across the nation lots of questions, hopefully a fair amount of answers and most importantly: hopefully some wins. Earlier this year the football program underwent a large change with the exit of one regime and the entrance of a new coaching staff. In preparations for the upcoming season, we have brought you a series of “Meet the Coaches,” introducing the fan base to the new football coaches ahead of their gridiron debut August 31.
Next up on the introductions, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning. Koenning comes to Morgantown after not thinking Troy was a school he would leave in his near future, following Head Coach Neal Brown from Troy to the mountains of West Virginia. Koenning and Brown have been a duo for all of Coach Brown’s tenure at Troy, as well as coaching at Troy under Larry Blakeney, Koenning also spent time coordinating for the Clemson Tigers.
Coach Koenning has been tasked with recruiting and preparing a defense for a world of Big 12 which has primarily been offense-dominated. Throughout the past several months, the Mountaineers have seen the loss of several safeties from the team, making it clear the defense would be a work in progress leading up to the home opener August 31.
Over the last several months, Coach Koenning has made it clear that he is not planning on sticking to one style of defense or scheme for his players. Koenning has been focusing on doing what his players do best; very similar to the focus of his good friend and team’s head coach. Koenning brings the mentality of doing what works best for his players and what makes them the most successful (read: victorious) on the field. Koenning has been known for forcing turnovers and bringing a ferocity to his players, which he will continue to focus on in Morgantown as the defensive coordinator looks to bring strength to the defense.
Coach Koenning brings to Morgantown a great amount of experience on the field, and off the field recruiting, making it clear that he is a seasoned coach coming into the 2019 season. With no definite scheme lined up for the defense, Coach Koenning will use his skill, experience and creativity to get his players ready for August 31, and ready for a season full of turnovers and victories.