Vic Kroenning

Vic Koenning enters his second season at Wyoming as the defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach. In Koenning's first season as defensive coordinator at UW, his aggressive defense was among the most improved in the nation. The Pokes ranked No. 2 in the nation in quarterback sacks, No. 6 in pass defense,

No. 17 in scoring defense and No. 23 in total defense.

Koenning came to Wyoming from the University of Memphis where he served as the defensive secondary coach for six seasons (1991-96). Koenning spent 10 seasons (1987-96) at Memphis in a variety of roles -- graduate assistant, strength and conditioning coach for football and defensive secondary coach.

A 1982 graduate of Kansas State, he was a four-year starter at linebacker, and was twice named to the All-Big Eight Team. In addition, he was selected as Kansas Stateis Player of the Game 11 times during his career, and served as captain of Kansas Stateis Independence Bowl team in 1982. He played professionally for the Denver Broncos in 1984, and then signed with the Oklahoma Outlaws of the USFL. He played two seasons with the Outlaws, finishing first on the team in tackles his first season and second the following season. After a stint with the Green Bay Packers in 1986, Koenning retired from professional football and entered the coaching profession.

A native of Owasso, Okla., Koenning signed with Kansas State University following an outstanding prep career in football, basketball and track at Owasso High School. Koenning was born Feb. 26, 1960. He is married to the former Tracey Templeton, and has two children, Kimberly and Brady.