West Virginia and defensive coordinator Vic Koenning have mutually agreed to separate, the faculty announced Wednesday, a month right after it began an investigation into allegations of Koenning’s mistreatment of players.
Security Kerry Martin Jr. comprehensive the mistreatment that he received from Koenning in a social media write-up June 23, alleging that Koenning called him “retarded” through a crew exercise previously that month and has produced inappropriate responses about faith, politics and the current protests towards racism and law enforcement brutality.
Koenning, 60, who was put on administrative depart following the allegations, issued an apology a day soon after Martin’s article. He reiterated his apology once more Wednesday.
“I continue being apologetic to any individual who perceived something I stated or did as hurtful. That was never my intent,” Koenning explained in a assertion. “I want to thank all the latest and previous gamers, coaches and colleagues — of all diverse ethnicities and backgrounds — whose help and encouragement have been priceless to me and my relatives.
“I am relieved the process is about but will be forever improved by the practical experience. Personally, I’d appreciate to get back again to coaching our fellas, but I know that accomplishing so would create supplemental scrutiny and lingering interruptions for our method. Getting all this into consideration, we have come to this mutual final decision to separate.”
Mountaineers coach Neal Brown said in a statement that the final decision to aspect techniques with Koenning “sites us in the most effective situation to positively go ahead.”
“Vic has meant a good deal to this program around the earlier 18 months and to me, individually, for our time jointly both equally below and at Troy University,” Brown claimed. “I know that Vic will discover ongoing achievement as a coach. On the other hand, Vic and I each arrived at the summary that the present situation make continuing in his purpose as Defensive Coordinator complicated. At the conclude of the working day, we all — Vic incorporated — want what is ideal for our method.”
Koenning will be paid out $591,451 as portion of a separation arrangement — 55% of the remaining worth for the two several years that remained on his contract.
He joined West Virginia’s team in 2019 immediately after performing in the same position beneath Brown at Troy from 2015 to 2018. Koenning invested 3 seasons as Wyoming’s head mentor and led Illinois in an interim head-coaching position in 2011.