Kansas Jayhawks Football Coaches
Charlie Weis - Head Coach
Charlie Weis arrived at the University of Kansas on December 9, 2011, armed with an impressive legacy of success at the highest level of collegiate and professional football. He has his sights set on engineering the effort to turn the KU program into a consistent winner.
The 35-year coaching veteran coached 16 years in the NFL and assisted two of the greatest coaches in NFL history - Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. Weis owns four Super Bowl rings and has played an integral role for teams that have appeared in six AFC Championship Games. As a head coach, the 2005 National College Coach of the Year led Notre Dame to back-to-back BCS Bowl Games in 2005 (Fiesta) and 2006 (Sugar).
Jeff Blasko - Tight Ends Coach
Jeff Blasko is in his second season on Kansas head coach Charlie Weis' staff, serving as the tight ends coach.
Blasko came to Kansas after serving as Weis' right-hand man at Florida during the 2011 season. He was the Gators' quality control coach for offense, assisting Weis daily with all practice and game preparation, as well as player development. Following Weis' departure to become the head coach at Kansas, UF head coach Will Muschamp promoted Blasko to quarterbacks coach for Florida's Gator Bowl win over Ohio State.
Clint Bowen - Linebackers Coach
Former Kansas player and assistant coach Clint Bowen returned to his alma mater in 2012, joining Charlie Weis' staff as the special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach. In January 2013, Bowen moved over to coaching the KU linebackers.
Bowen completed a one-year stint as defensive coordinator and safeties coach for North Texas in 2011, having joined the Mean Green after a spending the 2010 season at Western Kentucky, where he held the same position.
Dave Campo - Asst. Head Coach-Defense/DBs Coach
Dave Campo, a veteran coach who has experienced major success at every level of the game, joined KU head coach Charlie Weis' staff in 2012. Campo, who serves as the assistant head coach for the defense, coaches the Jayhawk defensive backs.
Campo, who spent the first 18 years of his coaching career in the collegiate ranks, was the secondary coach on Jimmy Johnson's University of Miami staff for two seasons (1987-88). During his two seasons in Miami, the Hurricanes posted a 23-1 overall record and won the 1987 National Championship. Additionally, safety Bennie Blades was the 1987 Jim Thorpe Award winner before being selected with the third pick in the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions.
John Reagan - Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
Kansas football head coach Charlie Weis announced the hiring of John Reagan as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach on Dec. 7, 2013. Reagan previously spent five years as an assistant coach at KU as the offensive line coach and run-game coordinator.
Reagan comes back to KU after recently completing his fourth season at Rice, where the Owls defeated Marshall in the Conference USA Championship game Saturday. He has served as the Owls' offensive coordinator for the last three seasons and under his guidance Rice has put up impressive offensive numbers. The Owls entered Saturday's C-USA title game ranked 61st in the country in total offense averaging 420.5 yards per game, while ranking 58th in scoring offense at 30.5 points per outing. The Owls boast the country's 17th-ranked rushing offense (239.5 yards per game).
Reggie Mitchell - Running Backs Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Reggie Mitchell is entering his fifth season at Kansas, where he serves as the running backs coach and added recruiting coordinator to his title in 2014. Mitchell came to KU after five successful seasons at Illinois. He previously coached at KU under Glen Mason from 1988-96. Mitchell coached two Jayhawks to All-Big 12 honors in 2012. Junior James Sims, who became the 11th player in KU history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, finished the 2012 season leading the Big 12 in rushing yards per game. Sims was named first team All-Big 12 by ESPN.com, Phil Steele Magazine and CBSSports.com, while he picked up second team All-Big 12 honors from the league coaches and the Associated Press. Sophomore Tony Pierson earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the conference coaches and the Associated Press. Pierson had 760 yards rushing and four touchdowns on the ground, including a career-best 202 yard outing at Texas Tech. The East St. Louis, Ill., native also caught 21 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns through the air. From 1988-94 Mitchell worked with the Jayhawk defensive linemen, focusing on the defensive ends from 1991-94. He then switched to the offensive side of the ball to coach running backs in 1995 and 1996. He coached June Henley, who earned All-Big 12 Second-Team honors in 1996. While Mitchell was at KU, the Jayhawks played in the 1992 and 1995 Aloha Bowls. KU produced four winning seasons in his tenure after recording just one in the previous 11 years. He left for Minnesota with Mason and coached the Gophers' running backs in 1997 and 1998. Mitchell then coached at Michigan State from 1999-2004, mentoring the wide receivers in 1999 and the running backs for five seasons. He also served as the Spartans' recruiting coordinator from 2000-04. Mitchell was then named the assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator/running backs coach at Illinois in 2005. He spent five years in that role and helped the Illini win Big Ten rushing titles in 2006 and 2007, while the offense recorded consecutive 5,000-yard total offense seasons. In 2009 Illinois ranked 18th in the nation in rushing. In 2007 Mitchell's running back corps featured Rashard Mendenhall, who set school records for single-season rushing yards (1,681) and rushing touchdowns (17) en route to being named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and a first-round NFL draft pick. The 2006 Illini led the Big Ten and ranked 10th in the NCAA with 188.8 rushing yards per game. As a recruiter Mitchell has earned numerous accolades from Rivals.com. He began his coaching career at Central Michigan (1983) before heading to Ferris State (1984), Michigan (1985), Western Michigan (1986) and Kent State (1987) and then establishing himself at Kansas. Mitchell was a four-year starter as a running back at Central Michigan from 1978-81. He rushed for 2,394 yards in his career and helped the Chippewas win back-to-back Mid-America Conference titles in 1979 and 1980. He rushed for 1,068 yards as a senior. He earned a bachelor's degree in parks and recreation from Central Michigan in 1984. Mitchell and his wife Andrea have three children, son Kaeman and daughters Karena and Jennifer.
Ron Powlus - Quarterbacks Coach
Ron Powlus joined Kansas head football coach Charlie Weis' staff in December 2011 and coaches the KU quarterbacks. Powlus joined the Kansas program after serving as the passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Akron for the previous two seasons.
Prior to his time at Akron, he served as the quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame under Weis for three seasons and helped develop Jimmy Clausen into one of the most prolific passers in program history. In 2009, Clausen was named an All-American after completing a school-record 68 percent of his passes (289-for-425) for 3,722 yards and 28 touchdowns with four interceptions.
Scott Vestal - Assistant Defensive Backs Coach
Scott Vestal is in his second season with the Jayhawks and his first as the assistant defensive backs coach. Vestal, who will also work closely with the Jayhawk special teams, spent the 2012 season as the assistant director of football operations for KU.
Vestal joined the Kansas program from the University of Florida. He was the quality control coach for defense for the Gators in 2011 and served in the same role at Texas during the 2010 season.
Buddy Wyatt - Defensive Line Coach
Defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt is entering his fourth season at Kansas and 23rd overall at the collegiate level. Wyatt has made several coaching stops in the Big 12 Conference, as he came to Kansas after spending the 2008-09 seasons at Texas A&M. He coached at Oklahoma State (1996) and also at Texas A&M (2000-02, 08-09). In addition he has coached at TCU (1991), Minnesota (1992-95), Northwestern (1997-98), Colorado (1999), Alabama (2003-06) and Nebraska (2007). In his tenure he has worked with a number of successful coaches and future NFL players. Among the head coaches he worked for are Jim Wacker, Bob Simmons, Gary Barnett, R.C. Slocum, Bill Callahan and Mike Sherman, in addition to his current mentor, Charlie Weis. His list of NFL players coached includes Jamal Williams, Adam Carriker, Justin Bannon, Tyler Brayton, Johnny Jolly, Rocky Bernard, Ty Warren, Ronald Edwards and Ronald Flemons. Wyatt was a coach at Texas A&M for two stints, helping the 2000-02 Aggie teams become one of the nation's top defensive units. In 2001, A&M ranked 10th in the nation in total defense. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater of TCU in 1991. He landed his first full-time job at Minnesota, where he spent the next four seasons. Wyatt coached at Oklahoma State in 1996 before returning to the Big 10 Conference for two seasons at Northwestern. Wyatt spent the 1999 season at Colorado before heading to Texas A&M. From 2003-06 Wyatt coached at Alabama, where the Crimson Tide went to three bowl games and produced one of the nation's top defensive teams. In 2004 the Crimson Tide led the nation in pass defense, and ranked second in total defense and seventh in scoring defense. In 2005 Alabama was in the top nine nationally of all five major defensive categories, while leading in scoring defense. While at Alabama Wyatt was responsible for recruiting the Mississippi High School Player of the Year to Alabama two straight seasons. He has heavily recruited in Florida and in the state of Texas. After one season at Nebraska, Wyatt returned to Texas A&M for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Wyatt was a defensive lineman at TCU from 1986-89 and earned a degree in education from TCU in 1990. Wyatt was born in Victoria, Texas. He and his wife Andrea have two children, Frederick and Ariel.
Eric Kiesau - Wide Receivers Coach
Kansas football head coach Charlie Weis added an accomplished, veteran coach to his staff in February 2014, as he announced the hiring of Eric Kiesau to mentor the Jayhawk wide receivers. Kiesau, who has more than 14 years of experience coaching offense—primarily the wide receiver position—at the Division I level, arrives at Kansas after spending the previous two seasons as the offensive coordinator at the University of Washington.
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