West Virginia defensive coordinator Vic Koenning and the school announced on July 22 that the two sides have mutually agreed to part ways.
This decision comes after West Virginia began an internal investigation into Koenning’s treatment of players after safety Kerry Martin Jr. made allegations against the longtime defensive coach.
Among other allegations, Martin claimed that Koenning called him “retarded,” pushed religion onto non-religious players and made racially insensitive comments towards black players. Koenning was placed on administrative leave following the allegations.
“I remain apologetic to anyone who perceived something I said or did as hurtful,” Koening said in a statement. “That was never my intent. I wish to thank all the current and former players, coaches and colleagues, of all different ethnicities and backgrounds, whose support and encouragement have been invaluable to me and my family.
“I am relieved the process is over but will forever be changed by the experience. Personally, I’d love to get back to coaching our guys, but I know that doing so would create additional scrutiny and lingering distractions for our program. Taking all of this into consideration, we have come to this mutual decision to separate.”
Koenning joined the West Virginia staff after Brown departed Troy to take over as head coach of the Mountaineers. Before that Koenning was highly successful under Brown at Troy as the defensive coordinator for the Trojans from 2015 until 2018.
It was actually Koenning’s second stint at Troy after serving as defensive coordinator from 2003 until 2004 under former head coach Larry Blakeney.
Koenning was a star player at Kansas State and also played in the United States Football League for the Oklahoma Outlaws before becoming an assistant coach at Memphis in the early 1990s. Koenning has been a defensive coordinator at Wyoming, Troy, Clemson, Kansas State, Illinois, North Carolina and West Virginia. He was also the head coach at Wyoming and an interim head coach at Illinois and was in the running – along with Chip Lindsey – to replace Brown at Troy.