LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Former Emporia State football head coach Jerry Kill was named the new head coach at New Mexico State Monday afternoon.
The Cheney native coached the Hornets during the 1999 and 2000 seasons and garnered an 11-11 record during his tenure, which places him 11th among all Emporia State head coaches in overall wins.
Following his time at Emporia State, Kill coached at Southern Illinois from 2001-2007, where he led a down-and-out program to three double-digit win seasons, including a Football Championship Subdivision semifinal appearance in 2007.
He spent 2008-2010 at Northern Illinois and went 23-16, leading the Huskies to three straight bowl appearances.
Then he made the jump to Power Five Minnesota, where he went 29-29 with three bowl appearances from 2011-2015. He was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2014, but he retired seven games into the 2015 season due to worsening health problems.
In 2016, Kill returned to his home state when he became the Associate Athletics Director for Administration at Kansas State and was the chief administrator for head coach Bill Snyder’s football program.
The following season, he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rutgers and then spent 2018 in administration at Southern Illinois.
During the 2019 football season, he served as a special assistant to Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente and was part of the Hokies’ 8-5 Belk Bowl championship run.
Kill moved to Texas in Jan. 2020 to be a special assistant for head coach Gary Patterson at TCU. After Patterson was forced out on Oct. 31, 2021, Kill took over as the interim head coach and led the Horned Frogs to a 2-2 record – including a 30-28 win over then-No. 12 Baylor in his first game as the interim.
Kill is known in the college football world for his ability to turn around struggling programs, and New Mexico State is one of the most difficult jobs in the top subdivision of college football. The Aggies went 2-10 in 2021, leading to a parting of ways with nine-year head coach Doug Martin.
New Mexico State has had just five winning seasons since 1968. As a head coach, Kill has an overall record of 154-101.