MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia has parted ways with defensive coordinator Vic Koenning a month after a player alleged the assistant coach made a series of insensitive remarks, including against Hispanics.
The school announced Koenning's departure by mutual agreement, which athletic director Shane Lyons said in a statement Wednesday was “in the best interest of our football program.”
Coach Neal Brown, who was hired a year ago and brought Koenning with him from Troy, said the decision “was not made lightly and both parties agree that it places us in the best position to positively move forward.”
Brown added that both he and Koenning reached the conclusion that the allegations made it “challenging” for Koenning to continue in his role.
"At the end of the day, we all — Vic included — want what is best for our program,” Brown said.
Sophomore safety Kerry Martin posted the allegations on his Twitter account about Koenning, who was then placed on administrative leave. The assistant coach issued a public apology the next day, saying his words and actions were not meant to be offensive or insensitive.
Koenning apologized again Wednesday. He said he was “relieved the process is over but will be forever changed by the experience.”
Martin said the latest incident happened June 23, when Koenning shared a conversation he had with his son about protests over racial injustice.