Originally published February 18, 2020 at 02:45p.m., updated February 18, 2020 at 05:35p.m.
It didn’t take Les Miles long to find the Kansas football team’s next running backs coach.
Less than a week after Tony Hull announced he was leaving the Jayhawks, Jonathan Wallace, a former skill player at Auburn who also previously worked with KU offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon, was hired to take over the position.
KU announced the addition of Wallace to the football staff Tuesday, after it was first reported by Football Scoop and confirmed by a source to the Journal-World.
Wallace, who will also become KU’s special teams coordinator, coached tight ends at Air Force in 2019. The year before that he served as the receivers coach and director of football operations at Bethel, when Dearmon was the head coach for the high-scoring NAIA program.
“Jonathan is a detail-oriented coach, who is also a dynamic recruiter,” Miles stated in a KU release. “He has experience with a championship caliber football program as both a player and a coach and knows the intricacies of the offensive scheme we want to run. Additionally, he has a strong understanding of what we want to accomplish in all phases of the kicking game.”
During his four-year career at Auburn (2012-15), Wallace spent time playing both quarterback and receiver. Some of his college playing days with the Tigers overlapped with Dearmon’s stint in SEC country as an offensive analyst for Auburn, from 2013-14.
After graduating, Wallace worked on Auburn’s staff for two years as a grad assistant before joining Dearmon at Bethel. He worked with quarterbacks and wide receivers at Auburn during the 2017 season.
Wallace started at quarterback the final four games of his freshman season at Auburn. Later, he was on Auburn’s SEC title-winning team in 2013, when the Tigers finished as the national runner-up. During Wallace’s final year at Auburn he was a team captain, and was a selected as a member of the All-State Good Works team.
A native of Phenix City, Ala., Wallace graduated from Auburn with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 2015 and a master’s in adult education in 2017. He is married to Ashley Kotero, a former Auburn soccer player and former member of the Mexico national soccer team.
Wallace became the fourth new position coach on Miles’ staff since the conclusion of the 2019 season.
KU hired Jordan Peterson as the safeties coach, Josh Eargle as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, and Chidera Uzo-Diribe as outside linebackers coach.
Those three replaced Clint Bowen, Jeff Hecklinski and Mike Ekeler from Miles’ first KU staff.