MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Former Gophers coach Jerry Kill is headed to Kansas State to serve as the associate athletic director in charge of football, a source told WCCO’s Mike Max.
Kill stepped down from his position as head coach in October 2015, citing health issues. Kill said his struggles with epilepsy had become too difficult to continue.READ MORE: Crews Continue Cleanup After 50-Car Train Derails In Albert Lea
The team went 5-7 in 2015 under the direction of interim head coach Tracy Claeys. Claeys was named head coach and signed a three year contract in November.
After his announcement, the University of Minnesota said they hoped to keep Kill with the team in some capacity.READ MORE: COVID In MN: 805 New Cases, 10 More Deaths Reported Sunday
On Tuesday morning, the school confirmed Kill’s hiring, and released statements from him.
“Rebecca and I couldn’t be happier to return home to the state of Kansas and join the K-State Athletics family and Manhattan community,” he said. “I want to make it known that my coaching days are over, and I am excited to start this next phase as an administrator for one of the finest athletics departments in the country.”
The school pointed out that in his last four coaching jobs, he never left with less than a .500 seasonal record.MORE NEWS: 2 Hurt In Shooting At St. Paul Bus Stop
Just a couple weeks ago, the Minutemen presented Kill with a “Man of the Year” award at a roast, and Mike Max was a part of that.