Vic Koenning

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Vic Koenning
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Associate Head Coach of Defense
Team North Carolina
Conference ACC
Biographical details
Born (1960-02-26) February 26, 1960 (age 54)
Owasso, Oklahoma
Playing career
Kansas State
Oklahoma Outlaws
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Memphis State (GA/strength)
Memphis State/Memphis (DB)
Wyoming (DC)
Troy (DC)
Clemson (DC/DB)
Kansas State (Co-DC/DB)
Illinois (DC)
Illinois (interim HC)
North Carolina (Co-DC)
Head coaching record
Overall 6–29
College Football Data Warehouse

Vic Koenning (born February 26, 1960) is a former professional American football player, and currently serves as the co-defensive coordinator at the University of North Carolina. 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 compilied a record of 5–29.

Playing career[edit]

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 USFL .

Coaching career[edit]

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 following the 2002 season, Koenning was hired by Larry Blakeny as his replacement.

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.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

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


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