By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
West Virginia Mountaineers defensive coordinator Vic Koenning has mutually agreed to part ways with the school. The decision was made just weeks before a potential new season that may be delayed due to the coronavirus.
His departure comes after the school investigated claims by sophomore safety Kerry Martin Jr. Koenning was placed on leave by the team in June.
The former coach allegedly made a comment about intellectual disabilities that was directed at Martin Jr. He also allegedly made comments about people protesting around the country.
“I remain apologetic to anyone who perceived something I said or did as hurtful,” Koenning 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 be forever 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 this into consideration, we have come to this mutual decision to separate. I will always be grateful for the relationships formed with so many players, coaches and WVU supporters. I am not done coaching. I remain passionate about leading young men and look forward to the next coaching chapter in my life. I wish nothing but the best for all Mountaineers.”
As a result of his departure, the Mountaineers will pay Koenning $591,451 in the next 19 months. Before this separation, he had two years on his contract worth $1.074 million per season.
Koenning spent one season with the Mountaineers.
“As I’ve stated previously, I care deeply about Vic and every player, coach, staff member, and administrator who touches our program,” Mountaineers head coach Neal Brown said. “This decision was not made lightly and both parties agree that it places us in the best position to positively move forward. Vic has meant a lot to this program over the past 18 months and to me, personally, for our time together both here and at Troy University. I know that Vic will find continued success as a coach.
“However, Vic and I both reached the conclusion that the current circumstances make continuing in his role as Defensive Coordinator challenging. At the end of the day, we all – Vic included – want what is best for our program.”
Due to this late departure, it’ll be tough for Koenning to get another defensive coordinator or position coaching position job with just weeks before the season. He could potentially join a team as a consultant or an analyst if he chooses to do that.