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Liam Coen chosen to lead the Kentucky Offense

December 15, 2020
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Mark Stoops and the Kentucky Wildcats have a new coach at the helm of their offense, and it is 35-year-old Liam Coen. The Rhode Island native was a star quarterback at UMass, essentially rewriting the UMass passing record book and taking the Minutemen to the 2006 FCS Championship game.

Coen joined the Rams staff with Shane Waldron, who he coached under as the QB coach and passing game coordinator for UMass in 2014 and 2015. Coen works closely with the QBs and WRs in Los Angeles, learning from Waldron and Sean McVay along the way. Coen works specifically with the Rams third-down game planning, which the Rams convert at just under 45%, good for 6th in the NFL.

Before his stint with the Rams, Coen served as the Offensive Coordinator at Maine, leading the Black Bears offense from 2016-2017. Under his tutelage, Maine saw two QBs develop immensely, which he will be looking to replicate at Kentucky. His offenses averaged 388 and 358 yards per game, and both scored 22+ points per game. Despite being known for his passing game acumen, Josh Mack led the FCS in rushing yards under Coen in 2017, showing that Coen knows how to get his best players to thrive. 

His two quarterbacks at Maine, Dan Collins and Chris Ferguson, were more traditional quarterbacks than dual-threat runners. While this doesn't mean that Beau Allen will be the pick to start, it indicates he should be in good hands with Coen taking over.

Prior to his two years at Maine, he served as the QB coach at Brown, Rhode Island, and UMass from 2010-2015. He was the passing game coordinator at Rhode Island and UMass as well.
The college experience will be significant from a play-calling perspective and a recruiting aspect, which would be the primary concern for hiring a young NFL assistant. Stoops said Coen is looking forward to recruiting and should have a great pitch given his experience in college and his connection to McVay and the potent Rams offense.

The Rams are known for running 11 personnel (3 WRs, 1 RB, 1 TE) and establishing the run to set up the play-action passing game. Prepare to see snaps in both shotgun and under center, and the use of motion to help identify defense pre-snap and sow some chaos. 

In his press conference today, Stoops said that Coen would join the staff once the Rams' season finishes. The team will continue with the coaches they have in-house right now for the bowl game.  

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