MANHATTAN, Kan. | Vic Koenning never got to play for Bill Snyder during the glory era of Kansas State football.
But now he'll be helping Snyder try to bring the Wildcats back to the top. The 1983 Kansas State grad and former Wildcat captain was named co-assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator on Monday as Snyder continued filling out his new staff.
Koenning, a native of Owasso, Okla., played on Kansas State's 1982 bowl squad, the first in school history. The former defensive coordinator at Clemson will also coach the Kansas State secondary on the staff that Snyder is putting together for his second run as the Wildcats' head coach.
During every one of his four years as Clemson defensive coordinator, the school finished in the top 25 in scoring, total and pass efficiency defense.
Before he went to Clemson, Koenning spent two seasons as defensive coordinator at Troy.
Clemson this past season led the Atlantic Coast Conference and was ninth in the nation in scoring defense with just 16.6 points allowed per game. The Tigers were 12th in pass defense, 11th in pass efficiency defense and tied for eighth in interceptions.
Koenning's college career was long done when Snyder arrived in 1989 and became the winningest coach in Kansas State history. Snyder, after a restless three-year retirement, agreed to come back last month and take over the program he had passed on to Ron Prince following the 2005 season.
After a brief professional career in which he played for Denver and Green Bay in the NFL, Koenning received a master's degree in athletic administration from Memphis. As defensive coordinator at Troy, his 2004 unit had a top-10 finish in scoring defense, rushing defense, yards per play and pass efficiency defense.