Cosh hired to coach linebackers

Head football coach Bill Snyder announced Tuesday that Chris Cosh has be hired to coach Kansas State's linebackers. Snyder also announced that current defensive ends coach Joe Bob Clements will assume the role of K-State's recruiting coordinator.

"We are pleased to have Chris in our program," Snyder said. "He is an accomplished coach, an excellent teacher and brings a wealth of experience, having coordinated defenses for several highly-respected coaches. Chris has a genuine concern for young people in all aspects of their lives.

"We are also pleased to have Joe Bob Clements assume the role of recruiting coordinator. He has proven himself to be a diligent and dedicated worker. He carried a great deal of the responsibility for the success we had recruiting in the state of Kansas this past year."

One of the most respected linebacker coaches in the nation, the 44-year-old Cosh brings an impressive resume to Kansas State after serving a five-year stint on Lou Holtz's staff at the University of South Carolina, where he served as the Gamecocks' defensive coordinator during the 2003 campaign.

During his stay in Columbia, S.C., Cosh tutored some of the Southeastern Conference's top linebackers, including two-time consensus first team All-SEC performer Kalimba Edwards, who was a finalist for both the Butkus and Lombardi Awards in 2001, and Kenny Hardy, a second-round selection of the Detroit Lions in the 2002 NFL draft.

In 1999, Cosh's first season at USC, he coached John Abraham to All-SEC honors. Abraham wend on to be the No. 1 pick of the New York Jets (13th overall) in the 2000 draft and was selected to play in the 2002 and 2003 Pro Bowls.

More recently, Cosh mentored the SEC's top freshman linebacker, Lance Laurey, who was a freshman All-American in 2002, and team captain Jeremiah Garrison, who averaged nearly 10 tackles per game and recorded a team-leading 101 stops in 11 contests during 2003.

Prior to his tenure at South Carolina, Cosh served the 1998 season as defensive coordinator at Michigan State. That year, the Spartans upset then No. 1-ranked Ohio State and also knocked off national powerhouse Notre Dame. Michigan State ranked 10th nationally in pass defense that season.

Cosh coached linebackers at Maryland in 1997 and also served as the Terrapins' recruiting coordinator. In 1997 two of his linebackers, Eric Barton and Kendal Ogle, were the No. 2 and No. 3 tacklers in the ACC.

From 1992-1996, Cosh mentored three of the top linebackers of the 1990s while at Illinois as Dana Howard (1994) and Kevin Hardy (1995) won back to back Butkus Awards. Cosh also coached consensus All-America Simeon Rice, who was a defensive standout for the 2003 Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 1995, Cosh was promoted to defensive coordinator after serving the 1994 campaign as assistant head coach.

Cosh received his coach start as a student assistant at his alma mater Virginia Tech in 1983. He worked as a graduate assistant under Holtz at Minnesota in 1984 before serving as defensive coordinator at Wisconsin-Oshkosh from 1985-88. Tours as defensive coordinator at Southeast Missouri State in 1989 and inside linebackers coach at UNLV in 1990 followed before Cosh returned to Minnesota as defensive line coach in 1991.

During his career, Cosh has been a part of five bowl squads, helping guide Virginia Tech to the 1983 Peach Bowl, Illinois to the 1992 Holiday Bowl and 1994 Liberty Bowl and South Carolina to Outback Bowl berths in 2001 and 2002.

A native of Washington, D.C., Cosh played linebacker and earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Virginia Tech in 1983. He and his wife, Mary, have two sons, James Joseph (15) and Billy (11).

The Cosh File
Birthdate: May 12, 1959
Wife: Mary
Children: James Joseph (15), Billy (11)
Education: Virginia Tech, 1983
College Football Playing Experience: Virginia Tech (linebacker, 1977-81)
High School: Bishop McNamara (Md.) HS

Coaching Resume
1983 Virginia Tech (student assistant)
1984 Minnesota (graduate assistant)
1985-88 Wisconsin-Oshkosh (defensive coordinator)
1989 Southeast Missouri State (defensive coordinator)
1990 UNLV (linebackers)
1991 Minnesota (defensive line)
1992-93 Illinois (linebackers)
1994 Illinois (assistant head coach/linebackers)
1995-96 Illinois (defensive coordinator/linebackers)
1997 Maryland (linebackers/recruiting coordinator)
1998 Michigan State (defensive coordinator)
1999-2002 South Carolina (linebackers)
2003 South Carolina (defensive coordinator/linebackers)

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