Kansas football announced Monday that Jake Schoonover has been hired as the program’s special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach.
In a statement, head coach Les Miles said, “We are excited to be adding Jacob to our coaching staff. He is a hard-working coach with an impressive background. He has extensive experience with linebackers and special teams, making him a strong fit with our staff. He has a proven track record of coordinating good special teams units and developing defensive players. He also has premium experience recruiting Kansas, Missouri and this entire region.“
Schoonover brings more than 10 years of coaching experience with him to the Jayhawks, including the past three seasons at Bowling Green. He joined the staff in 2018 as linebackers coach, before adding special teams responsibilities one season later. Prior to that he spent time at Illinois State, Illinois Wesleyan and Missouri Western.
When it comes to special teams, Bowling Green was second in the MAC in kickoff returns and fourth in punt returns in 2020. Also, they ranked fifth in field goal percentage and were perfect on extra-point attempts. In 2019, Bowling Green’s special teams unit blocked a punt, blocked a field goal and forced two muffed kicks in the same game (beating rival Toledo 20-7)
He played his college football at Missouri Western State, where he started 30 games at linebacker and was a team captain.
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