Jeff Koonz
Jeff  Koonz

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Graduate College:
Texas, 2006



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Jeff Koonz joined Louisiana Tech in 2010, coaching the linebackers in Tommy Spangler's GATA defense.

In his second season in Ruston, Tech's defense was the "Year of the Linebacker" with starting linebackers Adrien Cole and Jay Dudley accounting for 230 total tackles - 65 percent of Tech's tackles on the season. Cole led the team with 128 tackles and 13 tackles for a loss as he was named first team All-WAC and the WAC Defensive Player of the Year while Dudley was responsible for 102 tackles, eight tackles for a loss and four interceptions returned for 94 yards, three of which were returned for a touchdown.

His first year at Louisiana Tech saw three of his linebackers finish the season in the top four on the team in tackles with Adrien Cole earning second team All-WAC honors.

Koonz previously served as a defensive quality control assistant at Texas, helping lead the Longhorns to a Big 12 title and an appearance in the 2009 BCS national championship game against Alabama.

"I am really excited to have Jeff [Koonz] join our staff," said Dykes. "He comes very highly recommended and has worked under some great defensive-minded coaches like Gene Chizik and Will Muschamp. He brings a lot of knowledge and will be a tremendous asset to the program. He has great experience for a young coach, coming from top programs and learning from successful people."

Prior to his one-year stint at Texas, Koonz was the secondary coach at Iowa State for two seasons under Chizik while also assisting with special teams. Koonz's year as overseeing the defensive quality control at Texas was his second stint with the Longhorns having previously served as a graduate assistant coach in Austin during the 2005-06 seasons, coaching the linebackers.

"What a great opportunity this is to be a part of a wonderful program like Tech's," Koonz said. "Coach Dykes' reputation in the football profession is phenomenal and to be a part of what he is doing at Louisiana Tech is exciting."

Koonz was also a graduate assistant coach at Auburn during the 2004 campaign, coaching the secondary, and was a student assistant coach at Auburn for over a year.

He graduated from Auburn in 2004 with a Bachelor's of science degree in physical education and received his Master's degree in educational administration from Texas in 2006.

Koonz married the former Maura McDermott in July 2011 and the couple have a five-month old daughter, Mary Margaret, born on April 6, 2012.


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