Tuesday, February 28 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Coach Jerry Kill served as defensive coordinator and offensive coordinator in two different stops at Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. He helped lead the Gorillas to three NAIA playoff appearances as the defensive coordinator from 1985-87. Kill returned to Pitt State as the offensive coordinator from 1990-93. In that four-year span, the Gorillas advanced to the NCAA Division II Playoffs four times, reaching the championship game twice and winning the 1991 national title.
Sandwiched between his stints at Pittsburg State, Kill was the head coach at Webb City (MO) High School. He was 25-1 in two seasons at Webb City and won a state championship in 1989.
Kill was the head coach at Emporia (Kan.) State for two seasons in 1999-2000. He went 11-11 with the Hornets, who play at the NCAA Division II level. Prior to Emporia State, Kill was the head coach at NCAA Division II member Saginaw Valley State from 1994-1998. He compiled a 38-14 record with the Cardinals.
Prior to serving as the head coach at NIU, Kill was in charge of the football program at Southern Illinois, an FCS program in Carbondale, Ill. He spent seven years on the Saluki sideline and compiled a 55-32 record. Kill's record over his final five seasons with Southern Illinois was 50-14 and included five consecutive NCAA FCS Playoff appearances.
In four previous stops as a head coach, he has never left a school with a sub-.500 record. In three of his previous four head coaching positions, he took over a team with a losing record and turned in a winning season in three years or less.
In 2009, Kill was presented with the National Football Foundation Courage Award by the Chicago Metro Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.
Kill came to Minnesota after spending three seasons on the sidelines at NIU. Kill led the Huskies to three consecutive bowl games during his tenure and also coached NIU to a berth the Mid-American Conference Championship game in 2010. Following the 2010 season, Kill was named the National Coach of the Year by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Kill's rebuilding of the Minnesota program is also taking place in the classroom. The Gophers recorded a 994 Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the 2013-14 season as well as the 2012-13 and 2011-12 seasons. The 994 score is the highest single-season score that the Minnesota football team has ever recorded and the Gophers' multi-year rate of 975 is also a school record.
The NFL took note of Kill's rebuilding of the Minnesota program, as six Gophers were selected in the 2014 and 2015 NFL Drafts. In 2013 Kill was named Region 3 Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.
For his efforts, Kill was voted the Big Ten's Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year by the conference's coaches and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year by the media who cover the Big Ten. He also was namedRegion 3 Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association for the second straight year. Kill, who was the only repeat winner among the five Football Bowl Subdivision coaches, was recognized by the AFCA for the fourth time, as he was also named a Regional Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004 while at Southern Illinois. Noted analyst Tom Lemming also tabbed Kill as his National Coach of the Year.
Kill was named the University of Minnesota’s head coach on Dec. 7, 2010, and took the Gophers to heights not seen in years. In 2014 Coach Kill led Minnesota to a January 1 bowl game for the first time since 1962 and coached the Gophers to wins against Michigan and Iowa, which had previously not happened in the same season since 1967. Under Kill's direction, Minnesota also erased a 14-point halftime deficit at Nebraska to beat the ranked Huskers on the road for the first time since 1960. Minnesota won eight games in both 2013 and 2014, which marked only the fifth time since 1906 that Minnesota won eight games in consecutive seasons.
Jerry Kill resigned his position as Head Football Coach of the University of Minnesota on Oct. 28, 2015, due to health reasons.
Today Coach Kill speaks to companies and organizations across America, sharing the important lessons he has learned in his 32 years of coaching.
On May 17, 2016 Jerry Kill was named Associate Athletics Director for Administration for Kansas State.
His book which “Chasing Dreams – Living My Life One Yard at a Time” came out in fall of 2016.
Coach Jerry Kill and his wife Rebecca are happy to be back in their home state of Kansas. They have two daughters, Krystal and Tasha.
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