Staff
Head Coach
Les Miles

Les Miles, a national championship-winning former coach at Louisiana State and Oklahoma State, was named the head coach of the University of Kansas football team on November 18, 2018.

Miles brings to Lawrence 142 victories, a BCS national championship and two SEC titles in 15-plus seasons as a head coach, the most career wins of anyone who has coached football at Kansas in the modern era.

Most recently, Miles served as the head coach at LSU (2005-16), where his teams averaged 10 wins per year in his 11 full seasons. He led LSU to bowl games in each of those 11 seasons (winning seven), and won 42 games against Top-25 teams and 16 over Top-10 teams. Miles’ teams won 10 or more games seven times, reached the SEC title game three times (winning twice) and led LSU to five Top-10 and three Top-5 finishes.

During his tenure at LSU, Miles coached an SEC-leading 69 NFL draft picks, 13 of them first-round selections. He coached 22 first-team All-Americans and 11 players who won national awards. He is the second-winningest coach in LSU history in overall wins (112) and SEC regular-season wins (63).

In the classroom, more than 240 players earned degrees under Miles and during his tenure, LSU Football’s graduation rate ranked as high as No. 2 in the SEC multiple times. As part of LSU’s Project Graduation established in 2010, more than 30 players who had left school without a degree returned to earn their college diploma before Miles left in 2016. Nearly 190 LSU players were named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll during Miles’ time there.

Miles went to LSU after a four-year tenure as head coach at Oklahoma State. The OSU program he took over in 2001 had registered only one winning season since 1988. The Cowboys went 4-7 his first year, then had three-straight winning seasons (8-5, 9-4, 7-5). He led OSU to three-straight bowl games, a first for the program since 1983-85.

Miles’ four-year winning percentage of 57 percent is the best career winning percentage for an OSU coach since 1949. OSU was the only team in the nation to beat Oklahoma twice during Miles’ four-year tenure there.

Prior to OSU, Miles spent three years as tight-ends coach with the Dallas Cowboys (one divisional title, two playoff appearances). He went to Dallas after serving as offensive coordinator at OSU for three seasons (8-3, Alamo Bowl berth in 1997).

Miles served two stints (total of 10 seasons) as an assistant coach at Michigan, several of them under legendary head coach Bo Schembechler. During Miles’ second tenure there, from 1987-94, Michigan won 71 games, made eight-straight bowl appearances, including four Rose Bowls, and finished no lower than No. 21 in the final Associate Press national rankings.

Between tenures at Michigan, Miles spent four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Colorado.

Miles graduated from Michigan in 1976 with a degree in economics. He was a two-year football letterman, playing on two Big Ten championship teams. He earned all-state honors in football at Elyria High School in Ohio, where he also earned letters in baseball and wrestling.

Miles’ wife, Kathy, was a point guard at Central Michigan University and later an assistant basketball coach at Michigan. They have two daughters, Kathryn (nickname “Smacker”), a former swimmer at Texas and currently a TV sports personality who hosts Les’ podcast), and Macy, a youth softball pitching standout. They also have two sons, Manny, a quarterback at North Carolina, and Ben, who won a high-school football state title in 2015 and is currently a fullback at Texas A&M.

Assistant Head Coach /Defensive Coordinator
Clint Bowen

Heading into his 20th year on the Kansas coaching staff and 23rd year overall with the program, Clint Bowen is serving as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator on David Beaty’s staff. Bowen, who has been coaching the Jayhawk safeties, will work with the KU cornerbacks in 2018.

Bowen’s 2017 defense featured four All-Big 12 players, including safety, Bryce Torneden, who earned honorable mention honors in his first season as a starter.

Bowen coached a pair of hard-hitting safeties for KU in 2016. Led by veteran Fish Smithson with 93 tackles and freshman Mike Lee with 77 stops--the Jayhawk backfield was in good hands. Smithson went on to earn All-Big 12 First Team honors on his way to signing a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins. Lee found his name on Athlon Sports’ Freshman All-America Team, while he also picked up All-Big 12 honorable mention honors from the league coaches. Phil Steele Magazine, led the NCAA in solo tackles in his final season in the Crimson and Blue. Click here to continue reading.

Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers
Doug Meacham

Veteran offensive coordinator, Doug Meacham, is in his second season leading the Kansas offense. In addition to calling the Jayhawk offense, Meacham will coach the KU quarterbacks.

In his first season at KU, Meacham’s offense had three players garner All-Big 12 honors in tight end Ben Johnson, wide receiver Steven Sims Jr., and offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji. Sims turned in the second-best single-game receiving performance in Kansas history and the seventh-best in the NCAA in 2017 with his nine-catch 233-yard game against K-State. Running back Khalil Herbert also exploded for a 291-yard rushing game against West Virginia--the third-best single-game rushing performance in KU history and third-best in the NCAA in 2017.

Meacham arrived in Lawrence after spending the previous three seasons at TCU where he served as the co-offensive coordinator while mentoring the Horned Frog inside receivers.

In each of his three seasons, the Horned Frogs’ offensive attack ranked among the nation’s best. Despite replacing a Heisman candidate in quarterback Trevone Boykin in 2016, the TCU offense averaged 31 points per game while ranking 29th nationally in total offense with 463.2 yards per game. Click here to continue reading.

Associate Head Coach/Running Backs
Tony Hull

Tony Hull is in his third season on Kansas head coach David Beaty’s staff, serving as running backs coach. He added the title of associate head coach in February, 2017. Under Hull’s guidance, running back Khalil Herbert also exploded for a 291-yard rushing game against West Virginia--the third-best single-game rushing performance in KU history and third-best in the NCAA in 2017.

Hull joined the Jayhawk staff from the Louisiana high school ranks, where he most recently served as the head coach and offensive coordinator of Warren Easton High School in New Orleans. During his nine seasons as the head coach of the Eagles, Hull helped lead a stagnant program into a contender.

A New Orleans native, Hull arrived at Warren Easton in 2007, the school’s first season playing football following Hurricane Katrina. He guided the Eagles to the playoffs in seven of his nine seasons at the helm of the program, including a state championship game appearance in 2014 and a state semifinals showing in 2015. Click here to continue reading.

Safeties Coach
Cassius Sendish

Kansas football head coach David Beaty announced the promotion of Cassius Sendish from graduate assistant to a full-time coaching position on the Jayhawks staff in March 2018. Sendish, who spent the 2017 season working closely with defensive coordinator, Clint Bowen, in the KU secondary, mentors the Kansas safeties.

Sendish spent the 2016 season on the KU staff, working with director of football technology, Jeff Love, in the football video department breaking down game and practice film for the coaches and players.

As a double major, Sendish is a 2015 graduate of KU with bachelor’s degrees in both sociology and communications studies. He was a two-year letter winner for the Jayhawks on the gridiron, starting all 24 games he played during his KU career. He served as a team captain in 2014 on his way to earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors and a spot on the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team. Sendish concluded his Jayhawk career with 137 tackles, 3.0 tackles-for-loss, five pass breakups, 1.0 sack and one fumble recovery he returned 30 yards for a touchdown.

Defensive Line Coach
Jesse Williams

A veteran of the college game for nearly a quarter century, Jesse Williams is in his second season as the defensive line coach at Kansas.

Williams arrived in Lawrence after spending the previous five seasons as the defensive line coach at Ohio.

The 2016 edition of the Bobcat defense produced 104 tackles-for-loss, manufactured 44-total sacks and held opponents to 104.4 yards rushing per game. Williams’ defensive line broke through blocking schemes for 59.5 TFLs and got to the quarterback 31.5 times.

Williams also tutored the 2016 MAC Defensive Player of the Year Tarell Basham to a team-high 11.5 sacks. Basham also became Ohio’s all-time sack leader under Williams’ watch. Along with Basham, Williams helped Casey Sayles Third Team All-MAC honors with 6.0 sacks and 7.5 tackles-for-loss.Click here to continue reading.

RECRUITING COORDINATOR/SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR
Kenny Perry

Kenny Perry is in his fourth season on the Kansas staff, serving as the recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator. Perry previously coached the Jayhawk cornerbacks during his first three years at KU.

The 2018 Kansas recruiting class is currently ranked 48th in the national rankings by Rivals.com and includes the Jayhawks’ first Top 100 signee in cornerback Corione Harris. Harris, a four-star player according to all of the major recruiting services, is the 97th-ranked player in the class of 2018. During his first two seasons at Kansas, Perry mentored cornerback Brandon Stewart, who was picked up by the Los Angeles Chargers as a free agent following the 2017 NFL Draft.

Perry came to KU after spending the previous two years at TCU, including the 2014 campaign as the cornerbacks coach.

Prior to his time at TCU, Perry served seven seasons (2006-12) as head football coach at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas. Before his time at Bowie, Perry was also head coach at Haltom High School (2004-05) and Arlington Sam Houston (2000-03).

A three-time District Coach of the Year, Perry was the 2007 Dallas Morning News Coach of the Year. He was also a six-time selection as the Dallas Cowboys Coach of the Week. In 2010, Perry was selected to the Board of Directors for the Texas High School Coaches Association. He has also been the director of the North Texas High School Football Association. Click here to continue reading.

TE/FB Coach
Garrett Riley

Garrett Riley is in his second season as an assistant coach at Kansas and his third season with the program. Riley joined the KU staff in the spring of 2016 as an offensive analyst, coached the Jayhawk QBs in 2017 and is currently mentoring the KU tight ends and fullbacks.

In 2017, Riley saw two players play the majority of the snaps at QB in Peyton Bender and Carter Stanley. Bender started KU’s first seven games of the year and became the Jayhawk’s fastest player to pass for 1,000 yards in his career--doing so in his first three games.

Riley was on the staff at ECU for three seasons, his first two as an offensive assistant working alongside Lincoln Riley, who is wrapping up his second season as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma. As an offensive assistant, he worked primarily with the quarterback position, while coordinating the defensive scout team and conducting video analysis. During his time working with the ECU quarterbacks, Riley assisted Shane Carden, who became the school’s all-time leader in passing yards (11,991) and passing touchdowns (86). Carden was named the 2014 American Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year. Click here to continue reading.

LInebackers Coach
Bill Miller

Kansas football head coach David Beaty added 40 years of coaching experience to his staff as he announced the hiring of the highly respected Bill Miller to his staff in January 2018. Miller, who is returning to his home state and beginning his second stint on the Kansas coaching staff, will coach the KU linebackers.

Throughout his career, Miller has worked with some of the most successful and innovative collegiate coaches, including Nick Saban (Michigan State), Jimmy Johnson (Oklahoma State), Butch Davis (Miami) and most recently Jimbo Fisher. He was a semifinalist for the Broyles Award, which is presented annually to college football's assistant coach of the year, while at Michigan State (2000) and Florida (2003). Miller has been on staff with six teams that have won conference championships and has coached in 14 bowl games.

Miller made his way back to KU after spending the previous four years at Florida State coaching linebackers. Under Miller’s guidance, Florida State’s linebackers were the leaders of the FSU defense and helped propel the Seminoles to three “New Year’s Six” bowl games. Click here to continue reading

Offensive Line
A.J. Ricker

Kansas football head coach David Beaty announced the hiring of A.J. Ricker to his staff Jan. 17, 2018. A seasoned-veteran among offensive line coaches, Ricker not only played offensive line in the Big 12 Conference, but he has coached the position in the Southeastern Conference, Big 12, Big Ten, American Athletic Conference and Mid-American Athletic Conference.

Prior to joining the Jayhawk staff, Ricker spent the 2017 campaign on the Oklahoma State staff, serving as an offensive analyst, working directly with the offensive line. During his lone season at OSU, the Cowboys ranked second nationally in total offense, averaging 568.9 yards per game, including having the nation’s top passing offense at 389.2 yards per outing. Click here to continue reading

Offensive Assistant
Justin Johnson

Kansas football head coach David Beaty announced the promotion of Justin Johnson to an on-field assistant coaching position, where he will work on the offensive side of the ball, in January 2018. Johnson, who joined the KU staff in the spring of 2016, spent the previous two seasons as an offensive analyst for the Jayhawks.

Johnson previously worked under Beaty at Texas A&M, serving as an offensive graduate assistant for the Aggies in 2013, while Beaty was the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.

A Houston alum, Johnson worked at his alma mater in 2012 in an offensive quality control position. In that role, he assisted all offensive coaches with administrative duties.Click here to continue reading

Director of Football Strength and Conditioning
Zac Woodfin

Zac Woodfin, a high-energy, well-respected leader in the strength and conditioning community, is in his second season as director of football strength and conditioning at Kansas.

Woodfin comes to Kansas after spending the previous two years at Southern Miss where he served as the head strength and conditioning coach for the entire athletics department. He garnered the title of Interim Director of Athletics at Southern Miss on Dec. 20, 2016, while USM searched for a replacement for outgoing athletics director Bill McGillis. Woodfin handled the Golden Eagle football strength and conditioning needs and also oversaw the other 15 Southern Miss. sports.

In 2014, Woodfin was named FootballScoop Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, while serving as head strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater, UAB. He helped the Blazers improve from 2-10 in 2013 to 6-6 in 2014.

Prior to his time in Birmingham, Woodfin spent three seasons with the Green Bay Packers as assistant strength and conditioning coach. Click here to continue reading.