Chris Cosh to Lead Wildcat Defense

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State Head Football Coach Bill Snyder has announced that Assistant Head Coach Chris Cosh will take full reins of the Wildcat defense in 2010 as defensive coordinator after serving as a co-coordinator this past season.

Cosh, who is in his second tour of duty at K-State and fourth season overall under Snyder, helped direct a Wildcat defense last season that made tremendous strides from 2008 as K-State improved from 117th nationally in total defense in 2008 to No. 39 in 2009.

"Coach Cosh played a major role in the improvement of our defense this past season," Snyder said. "He is an excellent teacher and a loyal, dedicated and gifted coach and person who has gained great respect from our players and our staff."

The 2009 Wildcat defense yielded just 105.4 yards per game on the ground, which ranked 16th nationally, and surrendered 339.9 total yards per contest. Led by All-Big 12 selections Tysyn Hartman and Jeffrey Fitzgerald, the Wildcats finished in the top half of the Big 12 rankings in rushing defense, total defense and turnover margin.

Cosh, who will also continue to serve as the Wildcats' linebackers coach, has served as a defensive coordinator in four of the six BCS conferences throughout his 26-year coaching career while at Maryland (2006-08), South Carolina (2003), Michigan State (1998) and Illinois (1995-96).

A former linebacker who earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Virginia Tech in 1983, Cosh got his start in coaching in Blacksburg, Va., where he was a student assistant during the 1983 season. He first served at Kansas State as linebackers coach from 2004-05 before heading to Maryland.