MANHATTAN, Kansas (KSNW) – A few short months after thinking his football coaching career was over, Jerry Kill will reportedly be joining the coaching staff at Rutgers.
Born in Cheney, the 2014 Big Ten Coach of the Year (at Minnesota) is expected to be hired as Rutgers offensive coordinator. Multiple sources including NJ Advance Media, report that Kill’s hire is considered imminent, but pending the finalization of details.
The 55-year-old is apparently set to leave his post as associate athletics director at Kansas State, where he oversees the operations of the football program and attends every practice. It’s uncertain when Kill will start because Kansas State is playing in the Texas Bowl.
Kill announced his retirement at Minnesota during an emotional press conference in October 2015 because of the effects of epilepsy, a diagnosis he received in 2005.
Also a cancer survivor, he suffered a seizure on the sidelines during a home game in 2011, missed seven games because of his condition in 2013, and also suffered seizures before practices.
Landing his first head coaching job at Saginaw Valley State University in 1994, Kill produced five consecutive winning seasons, including back-to-back 9–2 campaigns in 1997 and 1998. He later moved on to coach at Emporia State.
Kill was recently inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in Wichita.