Friday, March 7, 2008
RENNER ELEVATED TO DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Midwestern State coach Bill Maskill announced the promotion of Rich Renner to defensive coordinator on Friday afternoon.
“I interviewed a bunch of guys,” Maskill said. “I kept telling the guys that Rich would be the link and we needed to keep what we have intact.”
Renner has served the past two seasons as defensive line coach will also make the move to coach linebackers next season.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge and I’m looking forward to coaching linebackers,” Renner said. “I like the aggressive nature and it’s the position that I played. It will be nice to work pass coverage schemes as well as defending the running game.”
Renner, who will be entering his third season on the MSU staff, helped construct the Lone Star Conference’s top rush defense in each of the past two seasons and the league’s top overall defense in 2007.
He has mentored eight all-conference defensive linemen over the past two season including two first-teamers in 2006 in Justin Williams and Donial Arps. MSU boasted three second-teamers this season in Todd Zoglmann, Kellen Belcher and Justin Foyt.
“Every time I thought about (my decision), I came back to coach Renner,” Maskill said. “He’s a popular coach and a good guy. He’s going to do a good job.”
Before moving to Wichita Falls, Renner served six seasons as a linebacker and defensive line coach and was the video coordinator at West Texas A&M.
His other coaching experience including a stop at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. in 1999 after serving as a graduate assistant at the University of Louisville from 1997-99 where he helped the Cardinals to a Motor City Bowl appearance in 1998.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Renner walked on at Louisville before earning a scholarship as a linebacker in his final two seasons of his collegiate playing career with the Cardinals.
He earned bachelor’s degree in mathematics and later master’s degree in sports administration in 1999 from the University of Louisville.
Renner and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Wichita Falls.