New Kansas State football coach Chris Klieman has turned to NFL veteran Ted Monachino to lead the Wildcats' defense next season.
Monachino, who will serve as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, was one of three assistant coaches announced Friday by Klieman as his staff nears completion. Also, Brian Anderson will coach K-State's running backs and Van Malone the cornerbacks.
Monachino most recently served as a senior defensive analyst at Missouri, his alma mater, in 2018. But before that he spent 12 years in the NFL, including the 2016 and '17 seasons as defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, while in 2012 he won a Super Bowl ring as linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens.
"I am pleased to have Ted, Brian and Van join our staff as all three have significant experience at the Power Five level in addition to Ted’s world championship as a member of the Ravens’ staff," Klieman said. “The nine total coaches that we have assembled to this point provide a great blend of familiarity with my philosophies as well as the K-State program, Power Five experience and background in recruiting territories that we feel are important to our continued success."
Monachino, a former linebacker at Missouri, spent 10 years in the college coaching ranks before moving on to the NFL. His last college stop was as defensive line coach at Arizona State from 2001-05.
Anderson joins the K-State staff after coaching the wide receivers at Illinois State during the 2018 season. He coached running backs at Minnesota from 2011-13 before moving to the wide receivers for the next three seasons.
Much of Anderson’s coaching career was under Jerry Kill, who served as an associate athletics director at K-State in 2016. Anderson was on Kill’s staff at Southern Illinois from 2001-07 and Northern Illinois from 2008-10 before joining him in Minnesota.
Malone spent the 2018 season as a defensive quality control coach at Mississippi State, but before that he was defensive coordinator at SMU for three years. As a player, he was a defensive back at Texas and later with the Detroit Lions in the NFL. Malone was named the 2017 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) National FBS Assistant Coach of the Year. His 2016 SMU defense was statistically one of the 10 most improved in college football as the Mustangs ranked seventh nationally in interceptions per game and forced 26 turnovers overall.
Malone went to SMU after a three years at Oklahoma State.
Klieman has just one assistant position remaining to complete his staff.