Vic Koenning Replacement Named At West Virginia
A replacement for Vic Koenning has been named at West Virginia.
On Wednesday, the Mountaineers officially opted to “mutually” separate from Koenning following an investigation into claims of mistreatment by players.
Koenning was accused by safety Kerry Martin Jr. of insulting people with intellectual disabilities, insensitive remarks about race and offensive behavior as it pertains to religion.
West Virginia initially placed Koenning on leave this past June.
Athletic Director Shane Lyons announced Koenning’s departure today.
“This mutual separation is in the best interest of our football program,” he said.
“Coach [Neal] Brown and I have set high expectations for our coaches, staff and student-athletes, and it is that culture that will allow us to compete for championships. We are moving forward as a program and our coaches, staff and student-athletes have my complete confidence and support.”
Koenning, for his part, also issued an apology.
“I remain apologetic to anyone who perceived something I said or did as hurtful,” he said.
“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 be forever changed by the experience.”
Koenning had two years left on his deal. He was due to be paid more than a million dollars over that time, but will settle for nearly $600,000 over the next year and change.
Koenning previously worked at Troy with current West Virginia head coach, Neal Brown. Before that, he served at North Carolina, Illinois, Kansas State, Clemson, Wyoming and Memphis State.