WVU, Koenning part ways after one season

WOAY – WVU Athletics announced Wednesday that football defensive coordinator Vic Koenning and the athletic department have mutually agreed to part ways after one season following an investigation.

Koenning was placed on administrative leave in June after safety Kerry Martin Jr. posted to Twitter about comments Koenning had made as early as 2019. Koenning arrived in Morgantown in 2019 as part of Neal Brown’s staff, having worked under Brown at Troy.

In a statement, WVU athletic director Shane Lyons said, “This mutual separation is in the best interest of our football program. Coach 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.”

Brown added, “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.”

Koenning said in a statement, “I remain apologetic to anyone who perceived something I said or did as hurtful. 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…..I wish nothing but the best for all Mountaineers.”

Koenning’s original contract had two seasons remaining at a value of $1,074,059. With the separation agreement, he is set to receive $591,451 over the next 19 months.

WVU football is currently scheduled to open the 2020 season in Atlanta September 5 against Florida State.