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KU football adds new special teams coordinator, outside linebackers coach Jake Schoonover

Matt Galloway
Topeka Capital-Journal
Jake Schoonover

LAWRENCE — Les Miles’ third-year Kansas football coaching staff has undergone another offseason transformation.

Miles on Monday morning announced the hiring of Jake Schoonover as the Jayhawks’ new special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach. Schoonover, who spent the last three seasons in similar roles with Bowling Green, will replace former outside linebackers coach Chidera Uzo-Diribe, who according to an ESPN report has accepted a position with SMU, and Jonathan Wallace, who will shift to running backs coach from his previous special teams responsibilities.

Miles called Schoonover “a hard-working coach with an impressive background.”

“He has extensive experience with linebackers and special teams, making him a strong fit with our staff,” Miles said in a news release. “He has a proven track record of coordinating good special teams units and developing defensive players. He also has premium experience recruiting Kansas, Missouri and this entire region.”

Schoonover, who has been involved with coaching since his graduation from Missouri Western State, also served in various capacities at Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan. Schoonover was a linebacker and team captain during his playing career at Missouri Western State.

“We are excited to be adding Jacob to our coaching staff,” Miles said.

The Jayhawks on Feb. 2 announced the hiring of Mike DeBord as the program's new offensive coordinator. DeBord replaced Brent Dearmon, who left KU to accept that same position with Middle Tennessee State. The program also filled a vacancy at offensive line coach when it hired Lee Grimes for that job on Dec. 29.