Jerry Kill Named OC
Dec 19, 2016
By: Associated Press
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has been named Rutgers offensive coordinator.
Coach Chris Ash announced the hiring Monday. Kill will replace Drew Mehringer, who left after one season to join Tom Herman's staff at Texas.
The Big Ten Conference coach of the year in 2014, Kill will also coach the Scarlet Knights' quarterbacks.
Kill had stepped away from coaching briefly and served as the associate athletics director for administration at Kansas State since May. His role was the chief administrator for the university's football program.
Kill had has had winning seasons in 15 of his 22 years as a college head coach. He most recently coached at Minnesota, from 2011-2015, where he guided the Gophers to three bowl games in four and a half seasons, including the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl in 2014. It marked the first Jan. 1 bowl game for Minnesota since 1962.
Minnesota won eight games in 2013 and 2014, which marked only the fifth time since 1906 that Minnesota won eight games in consecutive seasons. The 2014 offense ranked 12th nationally in passing yards per completion (14.52), 28th in rushing offense (215.5), 29th in sacks allowed (1.62) and 32nd in red zone offense (.878).
The 55-year retired in October 2015 because of epilepsy, a condition that was diagnosed in 2005.
"I am excited to welcome Jerry and his family to Rutgers," said Ash. "Jerry brings years of experience and tremendous leadership to our offense. He is a veteran Big Ten coach and a proven winner. Our players and coaches will benefit from his wealth of knowledge."