OFFENSIVE COACHING STAFF
LES KOENNING | OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR / QUARTERBACKS
A veteran coordinator with more than 35 years of experience, Les Koenning was named UAB’s Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach in July of 2015.
Koenning most recently 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, Koenning spent time as the offensive coordinator at Mississippi State (2009-13), South Alabama (2008), Texas A&M (2003-07) and Alabama (2001-02).
In five seasons at Mississippi State, Koenning 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 came to Mississippi State 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.
McNeal set a then single-season school record with 2,791 passing yards in 2004, while McGee put together two seasons that ranked in the top 10 at that time in 2006-07. McNeal also finished his career as Texas A&M’s career passing leader with 6,992 yards and rushed for 1,889 yards, while McGee left in fourth place with 5,475 passing yards combined with 1,750 rushing yards. Both players would go on the be drafted with McNeal selected in the sixth round of the 2006 draft by Cincinnati, and McGee chosen in the fourth round of the 2009 draft by Dallas. Seven other Aggies were also drafted who played under Koenning.
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.
RANDY PIPPIN | RUNNING BACKS
Randy Pippin joined the UAB staff in 2015 and is in his first season as the running backs coach. He is also in charge of the UAB Football summer camps.
Pippin has 28 years coaching experience at all different levels, including 14 years as a head coach. Prior to arriving in Birmingham, Pippin spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Division II East Carolina Central.
Pippin headed to East Carolina Central after two years as the defensive coordinator at East Texas Baptist from 2011-12.
Prior to joining the staff at ETBU, Pippin coached at the high school level as the head coach at The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Classical Academy finished 12th in the state in 2010 despite being the smallest school in its class.
While in Colorado, Pippin also served as the National Director of the Glazier/Mega Football Coaching Clinics before East Texas Baptist. He joined Glazier after being the head coach at Northwest Mississippi CC, where he guided the Rangers to the conference championship in 2006.
Pippin was also the head coach at the University of West Alabama from 2001-2003. During his time with the Tigers he earned Small College Coach of the Year in Alabama in 2002 after West Alabama defeated Arkansas-Monticello, Delta State, West Georgia and North Alabama in the same season for the first time in school history.
Prior to taking the job at West Alabama, Pippin was the head football coach and athletic director at Middle Georgia College (1998-2000). He guided MGC to two 10-win seasons and made two appearances in the bowl championships, defeating Northwest Mississippi, 41-3, and Lackawanna, 35-7. He helped Kendrell Bell move on to the NFL, where he was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Pippin also spent two seasons (1996-97) as the offensive coordinator at Tennessee Tech where he enjoyed record breaking success for the Golden Eagles.
Before joining Tennessee Tech, Pippin had a very successful time as the head coach at Trinity Valley CC (1993-95), where he guided the Cardinals to a 24-8-2 record, which included the 1994 Junior College National Championship. During his time at Trinity Valley, he produced 19 all-conference players and six All-Americans. That list includes kicker Matt Bryant and cornerback Al Harris, both who had stellar NFL careers.
The 1994 season saw not just a national championship, but a 12-0 mark and the No. 1 ranking in the NJCAA through the entire season. For his efforts, Pippin was named the NJCAA Coach of the Year and was recently inducted into the TVCC Hall of Fame.
Before being named the head coach at Trinity Valley, Pippin served as the team’s defensive coordinator (1990-92) for three seasons.
Pippin, a Mesquite, Texas, native played his football for North Mesquite High School, Cisco Junior College and Tennessee Tech University where he obtained his two degrees and began his coaching career. Pippin is married to the former Sally Horton and they have four girls; Natalie, Holly, Libby and Gracie.
LARRY SMITH | OUTSIDE WIDE RECEIVERS
Larry Smith is in his first season at UAB as the outside wide receiver’s coach.
Prior to the Blazers, Smith spent 2013-15 coaching at Jacksonville State. He worked under current UAB head coach Bill Clark in 2013 as a graduate assistant, then spent 2014-15 as the quarterback’s coach.
In 2015, Smith helped JSU quarterback Eli Jenkins earn All-America honors as Jenkins threw for nearly 4,000 yards and 36 touchdowns. The Gamecocks reached the Football Subdivision National Championship game for the first time in program history.
Smith played quarterback at Vanderbilt University and started 27 games in his career. As a senior, he led the Commodores to a 4-2 start before suffering an injury which held him out until the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Additionally, he started nine games a a junior, 11 games as a sophomore and one game as a freshman (Music City Bowl).
Smith played for Bill Clark at powerhouse Prattville High School and was named Mr. Football in Alabama as a senior in 2006 after leading the Lions to a perfect 15-0 record and the 6A state title.
Smith was 39-2 as a starter with no regular-season losses at Prattville and finished with a school record 6,011 passing yards and 54 touchdowns.
TREY CLARK | OFFENSIVE LINE
Trey Clark, who helped guide Jacksonville State to the 2015 FCS national title game, was named UAB’s offensive line coach in June of 2016.
Clark joins the Blazers after three years at JSU where the Gamecocks experienced unprecedented success during that time.
Clark served as a graduate assistant in 2013 under current UAB head coach Bill Clark and helped JSU finish 11-4 en route to reaching the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs, marking the school’s first-ever victories in the NCAA Division I playoffs.
He was then promoted to offensive line coach in 2014 and the team was a combined 23-4 in his two years overseeing the OL.
Most notably, Clark helped the Gamecocks reach the FCS national championship game with an offensive line that paved the path for the JSU offense that averaged 38.9 points per game.
Clark’s offensive line blocked for quarterback Eli Jenkins who put up monster numbers, including 2,788 passing yards and 1,161 rushing yards with 36 combined touchdowns. JSU had two 1,000-yard rushers in 2015 as Troymaine Pope rushed for 1,788 yards and 19 touchdowns as well.
As a player, Clark was an inaugural member of South Alabama’s football program and played center for the Jags from 2009-12. In his time with USA, the Jags were a combined 25-15 overall.
CASEY WOODS | INSIDE WIDE RECEIVERS / TIGHT ENDS
Casey Woods his in his first season as the inside wide receivers and tight ends coach at UAB.
Prior to joining the Blazers, Woods spent the past three years (2013-15) as the Director of Player Personnel at Auburn University. During his time at Auburn, the Tigers amassed a record of 27-13, which included a run to the national title game in 2013 and a 12-2 overall record.
In 2012, Woods coached the wide receivers and served as the recruiting coordinator for Arkansas State. The Red Wolves were 10-3 in Woods’ lone season there and won their final eight games, including a 17-13 victory over No. 25 Kent State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
From 2009-11, Woods served as an offensive quality control assistant at Auburn. He was a member of the 2010 national championship team led by current NFL star Cam Newton. Auburn finished the season 14-0 and defeated Oregon 22-19 in the Fiesta Bowl to claim the title.
Woods was a graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee, in 2008. He played in 41 games for the Vols from 2003-07 as a wide receiver and holder. In his five seasons in Knoxville, the Vols went 44-20 overall and had three 10-win seasons.
Woods is a native of Starkville, Mississippi, and played his high school ball at Starkville Academy.
He and his wife Lauren have one daughter, Waverly Grace Woods.
HINDLEY BRIGHAM | OFFENSIVE ANALYST
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