Staff
Head Coach
Les Miles

Les Miles, a national championship-winning former coach at Louisiana State and Oklahoma State, was named the head coach of the University of Kansas football team on November 18, 2018.

Miles brings to Lawrence 142 victories, a BCS national championship and two SEC titles in 15-plus seasons as a head coach, the most career wins of anyone who has coached football at Kansas in the modern era.

Most recently, Miles served as the head coach at LSU (2005-16), where his teams averaged 10 wins per year in his 11 full seasons. He led LSU to bowl games in each of those 11 seasons (winning seven), and won 42 games against Top-25 teams and 16 over Top-10 teams. Miles’ teams won 10 or more games seven times, reached the SEC title game three times (winning twice) and led LSU to five Top-10 and three Top-5 finishes.

During his tenure at LSU, Miles coached an SEC-leading 69 NFL draft picks, 13 of them first-round selections. He coached 22 first-team All-Americans and 11 players who won national awards. He is the second-winningest coach in LSU history in overall wins (112) and SEC regular-season wins (63).

In the classroom, more than 240 players earned degrees under Miles and during his tenure, LSU Football’s graduation rate ranked as high as No. 2 in the SEC multiple times. As part of LSU’s Project Graduation established in 2010, more than 30 players who had left school without a degree returned to earn their college diploma before Miles left in 2016. Nearly 190 LSU players were named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll during Miles’ time there.

Miles went to LSU after a four-year tenure as head coach at Oklahoma State. The OSU program he took over in 2001 had registered only one winning season since 1988. The Cowboys went 4-7 his first year, then had three-straight winning seasons (8-5, 9-4, 7-5). He led OSU to three-straight bowl games, a first for the program since 1983-85.

Miles’ four-year winning percentage of 57 percent is the best career winning percentage for an OSU coach since 1949. OSU was the only team in the nation to beat Oklahoma twice during Miles’ four-year tenure there.

Prior to OSU, Miles spent three years as tight-ends coach with the Dallas Cowboys (one divisional title, two playoff appearances). He went to Dallas after serving as offensive coordinator at OSU for three seasons (8-3, Alamo Bowl berth in 1997).

Miles served two stints (total of 10 seasons) as an assistant coach at Michigan, several of them under legendary head coach Bo Schembechler. During Miles’ second tenure there, from 1987-94, Michigan won 71 games, made eight-straight bowl appearances, including four Rose Bowls, and finished no lower than No. 21 in the final Associate Press national rankings.

Between tenures at Michigan, Miles spent four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Colorado.

Miles graduated from Michigan in 1976 with a degree in economics. He was a two-year football letterman, playing on two Big Ten championship teams. He earned all-state honors in football at Elyria High School in Ohio, where he also earned letters in baseball and wrestling.

Miles’ wife, Kathy, was a point guard at Central Michigan University and later an assistant basketball coach at Michigan. They have two daughters, Kathryn (nickname “Smacker”), a former swimmer at Texas and currently a TV sports personality who hosts Les’ podcast), and Macy, a youth softball pitching standout. They also have two sons, Manny, a quarterback at North Carolina, and Ben, who won a high-school football state title in 2015 and is currently a fullback at Texas A&M.

Assistant Coach - Safeties
Clint Bowen

Heading into his 20th year on the Kansas coaching staff and 23rd year overall with the program. Bowen, who has been coaching the Jayhawk safeties, will now coach the KU cornerbacks in 2018.

Bowen’s 2017 defense featured four All-Big 12 players, including safety Bryce Torneden, who earned honorable mention honors from the conference coaches in his first season as a starter.

Bowen coached a pair of hard-hitting safeties for KU in 2016. Led by veteran Fish Smithson with 93 tackles and freshman Mike Lee with 77 stops--the Jayhawk backfield was in good hands. Smithson went on to earn All-Big 12 First Team honors on his way to signing a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins. Lee found his name on Athlon Sports’ Freshman All-America Team, while he also picked up All-Big 12 honorable mention honors from the league coaches.

In 2015, Bowen guided safety Smithson to a FBS-leading 87 solo tackles. Smithson came within three tackles of tying Bowen’s top-three mark in KU history for tackles in a season by a defensive back and became the first DB to lead the team in tackles since Darrell Stuckey in 2009. Smithson’s 111 tackles were the most by a DB since 1998.

Bowen was tabbed as the Jayhawks’ interim head coach on Sept. 28, 2014, posting a 1-7 mark while guiding KU through the remainder of the 2014 campaign. He had previously served as the special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach in 2012, before moving over to coaching the linebackers in January of 2013, then adding the title of defensive coordinator in December of 2013.

In addition to his interim head coach duties, Bowen still tutored the Jayhawk linebackers, specifically Ben Heeney, who was a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection in 2014 and a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Bowen completed a one-year stint as defensive coordinator and safeties coach for North Texas in 2011, having joined the Mean Green after spending the 2010 season at Western Kentucky, where he held the defensive coordinator position.

The Lawrence native and 1995 KU grad returned to his roots in 2012, as he accumulated 13 years of coaching experience with the Jayhawks prior to his latest return to Lawrence. He began his Kansas coaching career by working as a defensive graduate assistant coach for KU in 1996. He then worked one season as a graduate assistant at Minnesota before returning to Kansas as a graduate assistant in 1998-99 and then serving as assistant director of football operations during the 2000 season.

Bowen took over the role of special teams coordinator in 2001. In addition to manning the special teams, Bowen also coached tight ends (2001), running backs (2002) and safeties (2003-05) during that time span.

In 2006 Bowen was promoted to co-defensive coordinator. Following the 2007 season he was elevated to defensive coordinator, helping guide the Jayhawks to a victory at the Insight Bowl in 2008.

Bowen and his wife, Kristie, have two sons, Baylor and Banks. Kristie Bowen was the 2014 Mrs. Kansas and was named Miss Kansas in 2001.

Defensive Run Game Coordinator - Defensive Line
Kwahn Drake

Kwahn Drake was tabbed by head coach Les Miles to coach the Jayhawks' defensive line in December of 2018, after spending one season on the Colorado coaching staff under current KU defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot in the same role.

In Drake's lone season in Boulder, he coached defensive tackle Mustafa Johnson, who led the Pac-12 in sacks and ranked third in tackles-for-loss. Johnson finished the season with 73 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 17.5 TFLs. He also led the Buffaloes with 16 quarterback pressures. His 17.5 tackles for loss rank 10th most in CU history and it's the most by a Colorado player in 25 seasons.

He came to Colorado after serving as the defensive line coach for the 2017 season at Eastern Illinois. On the fast track as a rising star in the profession, EIU head coach Kim Dameron had promoted Drake to co-defensive coordinator following the season.

At EIU, under Drake's tutelage, David Johnson earned second-team All-OVC honors for two-straight seasons. Under Drake's tutelage, he finished his senior season with 51 tackles, 9.5 tackles-for-loss, which included 3.5 quarterback sacks. He ranked 11th in the OVC in sacks and 12th in TFLs.

Prior to his one-year stint at EIU, Drake spent the 2016 season as an offensive analyst at Memphis under head coach Mike Norvell. The Tigers finished 8-5 and earned an invitation to the Boca Raton Bowl. The offense was the second most-prolific in program history, amassing 6,028 yards of offense and scoring 57 touchdowns and 505 points, all the second-highest numbers in school annals. The Tigers' 3,957 passing yards and 303 completions both were the third-most for a season in school history, with 34 touchdown passes a school best.

He got his start in coaching in 2008 as a student assistant at his alma mater, Nicholls State, where he assisted with the defensive line and scouting reports. In 2009, he served as the defensive line and special teams coach for St. James (La.) High school, where it finished as the District 8-3A co-champions.

He then moved on New Orleans' St. Augustine High School as defensive line coach for two years (2011-12). The Purple Knights claimed the District 10-4A championship in 2011 and finished as District 10-5A co-Champions in 2012. He was also the recruiting coordinator and academic advisor, and saw 25 of his players receiving football scholarships at NCAA Division I colleges during his time at St. Augustine.

His first taste in the collegiate coaching ranks came as graduate assistant at Tulane in 2012; he was named the full-time defensive line coach for the 2014-15 seasons, the latter of which saw his players help Tulane rank 12th in the FBS in tackles for a loss per game. In 2012, Drake assisted the Green Wave defensive unit that ranked 22nd in the nation in total defense (352.1), 17th against the rush (123.7) and 18th in scoring (21.4).

He received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in computer information systems from Nicholls State in 2009. He earned his master's degree in Liberal Arts from Tulane in 2013.

A New Orleans native, he graduated from Destrehan (La.) High School where he lettered in football, basketball and track.

Special Teams Coordinator - Inside Linebackers
Mike Ekeler

Mike Ekeler was hired by Kansas head coach Les Miles as the KU special teams coordinator in December of 2018. Ekeler and Miles worked together previously at LSU, including during LSU's national championship run in 2007.

Most recently, Ekeler served as the linebackers coach at North Carolina, and has also worked with linebackers at Georgia, USC, Indiana, Nebraska, LSU and Oklahoma. He has been a part of three teams who participated in the BCS National Championship game, including teaming up with Miles to claim the 2007 National Championship while at LSU.

In 2018, Ekeler coached Cole Holcomb who led the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in tackles with 9.5 per game. Holcomb, who was tabbed All-ACC Second Team, also ranked second in the league on solo stops with 5.4 per contest.

In his first season in Chapel Hill, Ekeler tutored a veteran group that featured Holcomb along with Cayson Collins and Andre Smith. Collins, who was second on the team with 83 tackles, signed a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins, while Smith was a seventh-round selection by the Carolina Panthers.

Ekeler came to UNC after serving as North Texas’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2016. In his first season at North Texas, Ekeler oversaw a defense that held opponents to 8.7 points per game fewer than the previous year. That turnaround in scoring defense was the 13th-best mark in the country. He also oversaw a linebacking corps that included the team’s sack leader Joshua Wheeler (5.5).

In two seasons at UGA, Ekeler coached some of the best defenses in the country. In 2015, Georgia’s defense ranked seventh in the nation in total defense, allowing only 305.8 yards per game. In 2014, the Bulldogs ranked 17th in the country in total defense and were second in the SEC in passing defense efficiency. He coached three NFL draft picks in 2014, Leonard Floyd (first round), Ramik Wilson (fourth round) and Amarlo Herrera (sixth round). Ekeler also coordinated the defensive special teams at Georgia and the punt return team had six touchdown returns in two seasons.

At USC in 2013, Ekeler coached Hayes Pullard who was named to the All-Pac 12 second team. That year Pullard had 60 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks and was drafted in the sixth round. While at Indiana, Ekeler served as the linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator from 2011-12.

A native of David City, Nebraska, Ekeler spent three seasons as Nebraska’s linebackers coach (2008-10) under head coach Bo Pelini. During his three years in Lincoln, the Cornhuskers won or shared the Big 12 Conference North Division title all three seasons.

As Nebraska’s linebackers coach, he was involved with some of the nation’s most successful defenses. In 2010, Nebraska was third nationally in pass efficiency defense, fifth in pass defense, ninth in scoring defense and 11th in total defense. In 2009, the Cornhuskers led the country in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense, and were seventh in total defense and ninth in rushing defense. He coached NFL draft picks Lavonte David, a 2010 and 2011 All-American first teamer when he set the school season tackles record, Phillip Dillard, Cody Glenn, Eric Martin and Will Compton. David is an All-Pro linebacker for Tampa Bay and Compton is Washington’s defensive captain.

Ekeler worked as a graduate assistant under Miles at LSU (2005-07) and Oklahoma (2003-04). Oklahoma played for the BCS title in both of Ekeler’s seasons in Norman, posting a two-year record of 24-3. While at LSU, the Tigers led the SEC in six defensive categories and ranked nationally in four in 2006. The 2007 LSU team finished 12-2 and won the BCS National Championship marking the third time in five years that Ekeler had been part of a team playing for the BCS title.

Ekeler, a special teams standout and linebacker for Bill Snyder at Kansas State from 1991-94 and was named team captain as a senior. Ekeler was named National Special Teams Player of the Year in 1994 by George Michael Sports Machine, a popular national sports show at the time.

Ekeler earned his bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Kansas State in 1995. He and his wife, Barbie, have a son, J.J., and daughters Cameryn, Abigail and Bella.

Defensive Coordinator - Outside Linebackers
D.J. Eliot

D.J. Eliot was hired by Les Miles in December of 2018 as the defensive coordinator of Miles’ staff at KU. Eliot comes to Kansas with 20 years of coaching experience in the collegiate rankings, including the last six as a defensive coordinator.

Eliot’s pedigree includes coaching stops at Florida State, Miami, Colorado and Kentucky, as well as time with proven winners and program builders Jimbo Fisher and Mark Stoops. Additionally, Eliot is among a select group of defensive thought-leaders that regularly clinic around the principles of the 3-4 defense, including Miles’ former defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.

Prior to joining the Jayhawks, Eliot spent the 2017-18 seasons as the defensive coordinator at Colorado. His 2018 Buffaloes defense ranked fifth in the Pac-12 in total defense, but was especially good on third downs, ranking third in the league. During his stint at CU, cornerback Isaiah Oliver was selected in the second round (58th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.

Eliot joined the Colorado staff from Kentucky, where he was the Wildcats’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for four seasons (2013-16). He helped coach UK to the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl, the first postseason appearance for Kentucky since 2010.

At his previous two coaching stops, Kentucky and Florida State, he coached eight players who were drafted in the NFL, including two first round picks. Linebacker Bud Dupree was a 2015 first round selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the first Kentucky first-rounder in 12 years, and defensive end Bjoern Werner from Florida State, who was selected by Indianapolis in 2013.

Overall at Kentucky, he coached 11 Wildcats who earned All-SEC recognition and in three of his four years with the school one of his linebackers recorded over 100 tackles in a season. Avery Williams recorded 102 stops in 2013, Josh Forrest posted 110 in 2014, a figure that ranked No. 3 in the SEC that season, while Jordan Jones had 109 in Eliot’s final year with UK.

At Kentucky, the Wildcats set a new school record for defensive touchdowns scored in a season with six in 2014; UK recorded 23 takeaways that year. UK jumped 45 places in total defense rankings from 2013 to 2014 under Eliot, finishing in the top half of the nation in that statistic. In 2015, UK ranked 28th in the FBS in passing defense by giving up only 198.1 yards per game, And in 2016, sophomore safety Mike Edwards finished the regular season leading all SEC defensive backs in tackles (93) while tying for the team lead in interceptions with three, two coming against No. 11 Louisville and Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson in the Cats’ 41-38 victory.

His presence at Florida State helped lead a revival of FSU’s defense. The year prior to his arrival, the Seminoles ranked 108th in total defense and rushing defense. However, by 2012, FSU ranked second nationally in total defense (254.1 yards per game) and sixth in scoring defense (14.7 points per game).

In his three seasons at Florida State (2010-12), the ‘Noles went 31-10 and he helped FSU tie for the national lead in sacks with 48 his first year there. In his second season FSU limited opponents to just 2.35 yards per carry, which led the nation in that category. His defensive ends on the 2012 team, Werner and Cornellius Carradine, combined for and 31 tackles for losses, including 24 sacks, when FSU finished 12-2. Werner went on to be named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year on his way to earning All-America honors.

In his second of three seasons at Rice (2007-09), he helped the Owls go 10-3 and win the 2008 Texas Bowl, the program’s first bowl win since 1950 and first 10-win season since 1949.

Eliot got his start in coaching at his alma mater, Wyoming, as a graduate assistant in 1999. From there he went to Houston as a graduate assistant for two years before landing in a similar position at Miami for the 2002 season; the Hurricanes went 12-0 and were ranked No. 1 at the end of the regular season before falling 31-24 in double overtime to Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game.

He spent two years in Division I-AA (FCS), coaching the linebackers at Texas State (San Marcos). He helped lead a defensive turnaround (34.8 to 20.3 points per game, as well as 395 to 314 yards allowed). In 2005, the Bobcats went 11-3, reaching the semifinals of the I-AA playoffs.

Eliot lettered at linebacker at Wyoming for coach Dana Dimel and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in natural science in 1999. He earned his master’s degree in education from Houston in 2002.

He grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma, graduating from Edmond Memorial High School, where he lettered in football and basketball. He and his wife, the former Miekel Marsh, have one son, Dawson, and three daughters, Drue, Page, and Reace.

Assistant Coach - Tight Ends
Jeff Hecklinski

Jeff Hecklinski was added to the Kansas football coaching staff by head coach Les Miles in December of 2018, where he will coach the Jayhawk tight ends.

Hecklinski arrives in Lawrence after spending the previous two seasons at Indiana State, where he served as both the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, while also overseeing the Sycamore quarterbacks.

In his first year at Indiana State, Hecklinski saw two offensive players named All-MVFC including tight end Jacquet McClendon who was named to the Second Team and LeMonte Booker who garnered Honorable Mention accolades at running back.

Prior to his time in Terre Haute, Hecklinski was the passing game coordinator and QB coach at Colorado State-Pueblo in 2015.

Hecklinski was a four-year member of Brady Hoke's staff at Michigan from 2011-14 as the assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach. His final season in 2014 was highlighted by Devin Funchess, who was drafted in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. Funchess was a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection in 2014, leading Michigan with 62 catches for 733 yards and four touchdowns.

Hecklinski's unit had continued success in 2013, led by Jeremy Gallon's record-setting year. Gallon finished the season with a program-best 1,373 receiving yards. He also had 89 receptions, ranking second in U-M history, and nine touchdowns. Gallon also posted a reception in a program-record 39 consecutive games, breaking Braylon Edwards' previous school mark. Gallon ended his Michigan career ranked third in all-time receptions (173), third in receiving yards (2,704) and tied for ninth in touchdown receptions (17).

Hecklinksi worked with a Michigan offense that averaged 383.1 yards per game in 2012. Gallon and Roy Roundtree led the group, combining for 80 catches and 1,409 yards and seven touchdowns. Gallon caught a then career-best nine passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the Outback Bowl, while Roundtree finished his career ranked sixth in U-M history in career receptions (154) and receiving yards (2,304).

The receivers contributed to an offense that averaged 404.7 yards per game in 2011, which ranked third in the Big Ten. Five different receivers had multiple touchdown catches, led by Junior Hemingway, who totaled 34 receptions for 699 yards and four touchdowns. Two of Hemingway's touchdowns came in the Sugar Bowl, where he was named MVP in Michigan's 23-20 overtime victory over Virginia Tech.

Prior to that, Hecklinski was part of Hoke's staff at San Diego State from 2009-10, which won the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl. At SDSU, Hecklinski helped mentor star running back Ronnie Hillman, who broke NFL legend Marshall Faulk's single-season rushing record and was drafted in the third round by the Denver Broncos in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Hecklinski first joined up with Hoke at Ball State in 2004, where he was the recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach until he went to SDSU with Hoke after the 2008 season.

At Ball State, Hecklinski helped coach two of the most prolific players in Cardinal history in wideouts Dante Love, who ranked second in the country in 2007 in all-purpose yards (206.92), and Dante Ridgeway, who was an All-American and one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award in 2004.

Hecklinski was the quarterbacks coach at Arizona in 2003, after two seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Central Missouri State, where he helped the team to the school's first-ever playoff appearance and bowl victory.

Hecklinski earned his bachelor's degree at Western Illinois in 1997, where he was a quarterback and threw for more than 5,980 yards to rank second in the school's career record book, after transferring from Illinois following two seasons with the Illini. He played for the Arena Football League's Albany Firebirds in 1998.

He and his wife, Tiffany, have a daughter, Riley, and two sons, Mikey and J.R.

Assistant Coach - Running Backs
Tony Hull

Tony Hull is in his third season on Kansas staff, serving as running backs coach.

Under Hull’s guidance, running back Khalil Herbert exploded for a 291-yard rushing game against West Virginia--the third-best single-game rushing performance in KU history and third-best in the NCAA in 2017.

Hull joined the Jayhawk staff from the Louisiana high school ranks, where he most recently served as the head coach and offensive coordinator of Warren Easton High School in New Orleans. During his nine seasons as the head coach of the Eagles, Hull helped lead a stagnant program into a contender.

A New Orleans native, Hull arrived at Warren Easton in 2007, the school’s first season playing football following Hurricane Katrina. He guided the Eagles to the playoffs in seven of his nine seasons at the helm of the program, including a state championship game appearance in 2014 and a state semifinals showing in 2015.

Hull developed the Eagles’ players on the field as he mentored 45 players who went on to earn Division I football scholarships. Six of those players earned a nod in ESPN’s top-300 list, while one of his athletes was named the 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Louisiana Football.

Hull, who taught math and physical education, was an important member of the Eagles’ faculty as he saw his WEHS football players enjoy a 100 percent graduation rate. Additionally, he implemented a character development sector that saw his players assisting inner city youth with off-the-field development.

Prior to his time at Warren Easton, Hull spent the 2005 season as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at his alma mater, Sarah T. Reed High School in New Orleans. He served in the same capacity at Mandeville High School in Mandeville, Louisiana, in 2006.

Hull was a two-year starter on the offensive line at UL Lafayette, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology in 2004. Following graduation, Hull spent four years working in the engineering field, including three years at NASA.

Hull has three daughters: Jordan, Jaleh and Journee.

Assistant Coach - Defensive Backs
Chevis Jackson

Chevis Jackson was hired to Kansas head coach Les Miles’ staff in December 2018, joining the Jayhawks as an assistant coach where he will coach the defensive backs.

Jackson joins the KU staff after spending three seasons as a defensive backs coach at Ball State. While at Ball State, Jackson was named the 2017 Mid-American Conference Recruiter of the Year by 247Sports.com, serving as the lead recruiter for the Cardinals while also coaching the defensive backs.

Prior to his stint at Ball State, Jackson spent the 2015 season as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, LSU, working on Miles’ staff that guided the Tigers to a 9-3 mark and a final national ranking of No. 16.

During the 2013-14 seasons, Jackson worked as a defensive graduate assistant at South Alabama, where he helped the Jaguars earn a bowl bid for the first time in program history, a bid to the 2014 Camellia Bowl. South Alabama's defense ranked second in the Sun Belt in both scoring defense and total defense in 2013.

Jackson was a four-year letter winner and a three-year starter at cornerback for Miles at LSU. During his time with the program, the Tigers made two SEC Championship game appearances, winning the title in 2007. Jackson recorded two tackles and returned an interception 34 yards in helping lead LSU to a 38-24 win over Ohio State in the 2008 BCS National Championship game.

An All-SEC First Team honoree in 2007, Jackson was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played in the NFL for four seasons with five different teams – Atlanta, Jacksonville, New England, Denver and Carolina.

Assistant Coach - Wide Receivers
Emmitt Jones

Emmett Jones was named the Kansas wide receivers coach in December of 2018 by head coach Les Miles.

Jones recently completed his third season as outside receivers coach on Kliff Kingsbury’s staff at Texas Tech after being promoted to the position immediately following the 2015 season.

Jones, who previously served as Tech’s Director of Player Development in 2015, saw his unit find immediate success during the 2016 campaign as the Red Raiders led the country in total offense (566.6 yards per game) as well as passing offense (463.0 yards per game). Tech averaged 43.7 points per game – its third-highest mark in school history – which ranked fifth nationally among FBS programs.

Under Jones’ direction, Tech’s outside receivers accounted for 1,835 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, which were led by Dylan Cantrell, who finished with 650 yards and eight touchdowns through the air. Cantrell wrapped his career with 1,873 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns, the majority of which came during his final two seasons under Jones.

Cantrell and fellow receiver Keke Coutee both heard their names called during the 2018 NFL Draft as Cantrell was selected in the sixth round by the Los Angeles Chargers. Fellow outside receiver Derrick Willies also received an opportunity at the next level as he signed a free agent agreement with the Cleveland Browns shortly after the draft.

T.J. Vasher developed into a significant deep threat under Jones after catching 29 passes for 545 yards and six touchdowns as only a redshirt freshman in 2017. Vasher turned in two 100-yard performances during Big 12 play as he recorded all but two of his receptions during the final eight games of the year. He averaged 18.8 yards per catch overall, which ranked 22nd nationally at the end of the season.

In 2018 Jones coached Antoine Wesley, who was named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, All-Big 12 First Team by the Associated Press and All-Big 12 Second Team by the league coaches and a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award.

Wesley was among the FBS leaders in 2018 in almost every receiving category after hauling in 88 passes for 1,410 yards and nine touchdowns. He ranks second nationally in receiving yards and receiving yards per game (117.5) as well as eighth in receptions per game (7.3). He was the Big 12 leader in all three categories. Wesley’s 1,410 receiving yards ranks third all-time in Texas Tech history.

Jones arrived in Lubbock to oversee Tech’s player development in February 2015. In his one year in that role, Jones served as a mentor for the Red Raider offense and was also instrumental in Tech’s on-campus recruiting activities.

Jones came to Tech following three seasons as the head coach at South Oak Cliff, one of the top high school programs in the state of Texas. The Golden Bears were a combined 30-8 under Jones, advancing deep in the Class 4A and 5A playoffs over all three seasons. In addition, South Oak Cliff was a hotbed for talent and annually produced several players who signed with Division-I programs, including five players who signed in 2014.

South Oak Cliff was the first head coaching position for Jones after making several stops as an assistant in the Dallas area. Jones previously spent seven seasons at nearby Dallas Skyline High School prior to his arrival at South Oak Cliff. He began his tenure at Skyline as wide receivers coach before later being promoted to offensive coordinator.

Jones, who was a walk-on at Texas Tech during the mid-1990s, began his coaching career at his alma mater Seagoville High School from 2001-04. He later joined the Dallas Lincoln staff for one year before heading to Dallas Skyline.

Jones graduated from North Texas in 1999. He and his wife, Marlo, have two children, Emily and Emmett.

Offensive Coordinator - Quarterbacks
Les Koenning

Les Koenning was hired as the Jayhawks' offensive coordinator in January 2019 by Kansas head coach Les Miles. Koenning has 17 years of experience as an offensive coordinator, has produced game-changing offenses and record-setting players at Power Five programs Mississippi State (2009-13), Texas A&M (2003-07) and Alabama (2001-02).

During Koenning’s five seasons at Mississippi State with head coach Dan Mullen, he elevated the offense to its highest levels in school history, in addition to helping the Bulldogs play in four-straight bowl games for the first time in school history.

During that time, Koenning orchestrated what was then the top four seasons in school history in total offensive yards, the top two in passing yards and scoring, the top four in passing TDs, and two of the top four in rushing TDs.

Koenning also coached the top four quarterbacks on the career completion percentage chart in MSU history in Tyson Lee, Tyler Russell, Dak Prescott and Chris Relf.

In 2013, the Bulldogs set a then single-season record for total offense with an average of 434.4 yards per game, bettering the previous record of 422.0, set in 1982. Three of the top five averages in MSU history have fallen under Koenning’s guidance (2013, 2010 and 2012). Mississippi State also set a then school record in total yards with 5,647, passing yards with 3,178, completion percentage (.590) and completions (253), all of which were marks set previously by offenses under Koenning.

Koenning comes to Kansas after spending the 2018 campaign at Southern Miss as running backs coach. His year at USM follows a two-year stint as UAB's offensive coordinator, where he led the Blazers offense in its first year back after a two-year hiatus. UAB was fifth in Conference USA in scoring and rushing offense during the 2017 season.

Quarterback A.J. Erdely set the UAB record for rushing touchdowns in a season by a quarterback with 13 and freshman running back Spencer Brown set the freshman school record for rushing yards with 1,329 yards and was named C-USA Freshman of the Year.

Prior to his arrival in Birmingham, Koenning served as wide receivers coach at the University of Texas in 2014. In his lone year with the Longhorns, Koenning guided John Harris to all-conference recognition as Harris hauled in 68 catches for 1,051 yards and seven touchdowns.

Prior to joining the Texas staff, were Koenning’s five seasons in Starkville. He came to MSU from South Alabama, where he spent 2008 helping to establish the foundation for the newly developed Jaguars program that began play in 2009.

Prior to that, Koenning spent five years on the Texas A&M staff, serving as offensive coordinator and working with the quarterbacks. During his time there he oversaw the development of both Reggie McNeal and Stephen McGee.

Koenning went to Texas A&M from Alabama where he was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for two seasons (2001-02). Alabama split time between Tyler Watts and Andrew Zow in 2001, however Ahmaad Galloway led a rushing attack that ranked ninth in the nation (226.4 ypg). The 2002 team ranked 18th in rushing (213.2 ypg) while posting a 10-3 record. Shaud Williams and Santonio Beard carried the load with 921 rushing yards and 811, respectively, while Tyler Watts and Brodie Croyle shared time at quarterback. Center Alonzo Ephraim was a two-time First Team All-SEC honoree in the two years.

Before Alabama, Koenning spent one season as passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at TCU in 2000. He was the offensive coordinator at Houston in 1999 and Duke in 1998 following a one-year stint in the NFL as an offensive assistant with the Miami Dolphins. Koenning had also served previously at Texas A&M as wide receivers coach from 1994-96, and he briefly held the same position at Duke in December of 1993 after also coaching wide receivers at Rice from 1990-93. His first experience at Mississippi State came from 1986-89 as running backs/wide receivers coach.

A native of Houston, Koenning began his career with graduate assistantships at Texas and Alabama, before being named wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Louisiana- Lafayette in 1985. He graduated from Texas in 1981 with a degree in health and physical education, and added a master’s degree in sports management two years later. He played at Memorial High School in Houston for his father, Les Koenning Sr., who was a longtime Texas high school and college coach.

Koenning and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Les and Lana.

Assistant Coach - Offensive Line
Luke Meadows

Luke Meadows joined Kansas head coach Les Miles’ first coaching staff as the offensive line coach in December of 2018. Meadows comes to Kansas with 21 years of collegiate coaching experience, including two seasons working hand-in-hand with KU offensive coordinator, Chip Lindsey.

At Southern Miss for the 2014-15 seasons, Meadows was a part of a big offensive upswing, helping the offense improve from 17.9 points per game to 39.9, and seeing the rushing offense jump from 72.9 to 179.8 yards per game (leading the league in 2015), and the total offense improved from 315.5 to 509.5 yards per game. In 2015, USM became the second team in NCAA history to have a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver, and two 1,000-yard rushers. In addition, USM had one of the most explosive offenses in the nation, leading all schools with plays of 20+ yards (109) and second in plays of 30+ yards (54).

During his career, Meadows has coached one Academic All-American, five All-Americans, 25 all-conference, 21 academic all-conference, and two all-newcomer awards at the offensive line position. In addition, he has coached 16 players who have been drafted or signed as free agents in the NFL.

Meadows arrived in Lawrence after spending the 2017-18 seasons at Eastern Michigan where he served as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator. Meadows overhauled the Eastern Michigan offensive line in 2017 to rank second in the MAC and 28th nationally in the fewest sacks allowed. EMU's offense ranked third in the MAC in passing offense at 257.3 yards per game. The line also gelled down the stretch in the rushing attack, as EMU racked up 815 yards on the ground over the final four games, which included four 100-yard rushers.

Meadows was the assistant head coach and offensive line coach at 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national champion Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas. The Broncbusters steamrolled through their 2016 schedule en route to an 11-0 record by outscoring the opposition by an average of 19 points per game. The program captured its first Jayhawk Conference title since 2001 and finished off the program's first-ever perfect season with a 25-22 victory over Arizona Western College in the NJCAA Football Championship Game. Overall, the offense racked up 194.8 yards and 15.7 first downs per game on the ground.

Meadows joined the Broncbuster staff after serving two years as the offensive line coach, with Lindsey serving as offensive coordinator, at Southern Miss. He arrived after a 1-11 season and he and Lindsey combined to help the Golden Eagles make a major jump to 9-5 in 2015, while winning the Conference USA West Division title.

Prior to his time at Southern Miss, Meadows with a wealth of experience after spending two seasons (2012-13) at Florida Atlantic University, where he was elevated to offensive coordinator midway through the 2013 campaign.

Before joining the staff at FAU, Meadows worked at South Dakota State for 10 years, serving as an offensive line coach from 2002-05 before being promoted to assistant head coach/offensive coordinator (2006-11). He was the longest-tenured assistant on John Stiegelemeier's SDSU coaching staff for 10 seasons, six as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.

A Hot Springs, South Dakota, native, Meadows began his coaching career as an undergraduate student at SDSU. After earning a bachelor's degree in 1999, he continued as a graduate assistant with the Jackrabbits during the 1999-00 seasons, coaching the running backs, including Jackrabbit career rushing leader and All-American Josh Ranek.

Also during the 2010 season, the Jackrabbit offensive line ranked second in the Football Championship Subdivision, yielding only six sacks the entire campaign. Erickson signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos and later spent time with the Seattle Seahawks. Casey Knips and Casey Bender, both starters on the Jackrabbits' 2009 FCS playoff team, received invitations to NFL camps in 2010 with the Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns, respectively.

After working as a graduate assistant for South Dakota State (1999-00), Meadows spent a season as offensive line coach at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Meadows and his wife Rochelle have three children, Daulton, Addyson and Maclane.