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former WR coach at EKU --
Cumberland's head football coach Donnie Suber has hired Klay Koester away from Eastern Kentucky University as his new offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach.

Koester replaces Ryan Locke at the position. Locke resigned earlier this summer to take a high school teaching / coaching position in Alabama.

"Klay has worked with Hal Mumme, and he's worked in a Tony Franklin style scheme as well," Suber said Monday afternoon. "He wants to run kind of a simplified, fast-paced offense and having played the position at Eastern, he will be able to work on mechanics with our young guys."

After losing veteran quarterbacks Broc Loveless and Reed Gurchiek to graduation, Cumberland will be forced to go with unexperienced quarterback this fall -- unless someone transfers in.

Koester wrapped up his fifth year as the wide receivers coach in 2014, his second stint at EKU.

The 2014 Colonels finished 9-4 overall, averaging 31.2 points per game and over 400 yards per game in total offense.

Before returning to Eastern Kentucky, Koester served as the wide receivers coach at McMurry University in Texas in 2009 under head coach Hal Mumme.

Under Koester's guidance, four wide receivers posted at least 30 catches while two players earned all-conference honors.

Koester also worked with the special teams unit as kick-off return coordinator. An EKU graduate, began his coaching career as a student assistant at Eastern from 2005-07.

He then moved into a graduate assistant role with the wide receivers and quarterbacks in 2007 and 2008 where he helped the Colonels win back-to-back OVC championships.

A native of Canton, Ga., Koester was an all-county and All-Metro City All-Star during his high school playing days. Injuries limited Koester's playing time with the Eastern Kentucky football squad.

Koester holds both a bachelor's and master's degree from Eastern Kentucky University. He is married to the former Angie Kuntz of Danville, Ill.

Pre-season honors
Cumberland's Justus Dauscha and Nathan Jernigan were both First Team honorees and Cayman Russell earned Second Team honors on the USA College Football NAIA Division Pre-Season All-American teams released last week.

Dauscha registered 69 tackles with 16 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks from his defensive end position last season, ranking eighth nationally in sacks and 19th in tackles for loss.

The Murfreesboro Blackman graduate registered 10 tackles against the University of the Cumberlands and at the University of Pikeville and collected three sacks versus Pikeville. He added two sacks against Belhaven and Campbellsville University and posted six or more stops in seven of the 11 outings.

Jernigan led the Bulldogs in tackles for the second straight year, finishing with 99 stops along with eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.

The former Eagleville High standout also registered three pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one blocked punt.

He tallied double-digit tackles in five contests, including 15 in the season opener against the Cumberlands and 16 in the season finale versus Alderson Broaddus. He collected all of his sacks in the final three games as well.

Russell registered 76 tackles with 10.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks from his defensive tackle spot, adding three blocked extra points, three quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

The Hendersonville High graduate recorded 10 stops at Pikeville and blocked two extra points at Union College, helping the Bulldogs win in overtime. He also had eight tackles at Bethel and 10 stops versus Alderson Broaddus.

Following the 2014 season, Jernigan and Dauscha were voted First Team All-Mid-South Conference West and Russell earned Second Team honors.

2015 season opener
The Bulldogs will open the 2015 season at Nokes-Lasater Field against Georgetown College Saturday, Sept. 5.

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