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Jeff Koonz
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Auburn
Graduating Year: 2004
Experience: 1st Year
Phone: (515) 294-5091
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Jeff Koonz
Courtesy: A.P.
Release: 01/05/2007

Jeff Koonz coached the Iowa State secondary in 2007, and his young defensive backfield responded well to his leadership. Free safety James Smith was an all-Big 12 selection in his second season at Iowa State and is back this fall as the team’s top returning tackler (79). He also broke up three passes and forced two fumbles. Iowa State nearly doubled its interceptions from the previous season. Cornerback Chris Singleton starts his senior year with six career interceptions. Koonz played a role in the football education of cornerback Allen Bell, who finished his first season in NCAA Division I with 54 tackles and an interception.

At Auburn and Texas with Iowa State head coach Gene Chizik, Jeff Koonz shared Chizik’s 29-game personal win streak over two seasons at those two schools. Koonz joined Chizik on the ISU coaching staff after first filling the coaching void left at Texas when Chizik departed the Longhorn football program to be Iowa State’s head coach. Koonz worked under Chizik as a defensive graduate assistant at Texas during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. He worked in the same role with the Cyclone head coach at Auburn in 2004.

During Koonz’s 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. 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.

The numbers speak for themselves. Texas ranked eighth nationally in scoring defense, 10th in total defense and fourth in pass efficiency in 2005.  In 2004, Auburn gave up a national low 11.3 points per game. The Tigers gave up an average of 277.62 yards of total offense per contest, ranking fifth nationally.

At Auburn, Koonz worked with Thorpe Award winner Carlos Rogers. He was a defensive graduate assistant at Texas from January 2005 until November 2006. Koonz assisted in the coaching of Longhorn linebackers and special teams. He oversaw the offensive scout team under Chizik’s direction at Auburn, where Koonz also assisted coaching the secondary and all areas of special teams. Koonz earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn in 2004 and a master’s degree from Texas in 2006.



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