Jeff Koonz enters his first season on the University of Cincinnati football staff, coaching the safeties.
Koonz, who was a graduate assistant for UC head coach Tommy Tuberville during the 2004 season at Auburn, comes to UC after four years coaching the linebackers at Louisiana Tech.
During the 2013 campaign, Koonz directed a revamped linebacking corp with Texas Tech transfer Daniel Cobb leading LA Tech's defense with 82 total tackles and a team-best 12 tackles for a loss. Cobb, named to the Conference USA Honorable Mention All-Conference team, recovered two fumbles, forced a fumble, was in on 1.5 sacks, intercepted a pass and blocked a kick during the season. He was aided by Mitch Villemez' 69 tackles and three forced fumbles.
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.
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.
During Koonz's first stay at Texas, the Longhorns won the national collegiate football championship over USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl. Texas was 13-0 that season en route to the Big 12 championship.
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. While at Auburn, he worked on staffs that led the Tigers to the 2002 Capital One Bowl championship, a 2003 Music City Bowl victory, the 2004 SEC championship and a win in the 2004 Nokia Sugar Bowl.
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 has a daughter, Mary Margaret, born on April 6, 2012.