Morehead State promotes Rob Tenyer to Head Coach

Thursday, December 13, 2012
by Morehead State Athletic Media Relations

MOREHEAD, Ky. — Rob Tenyer, who has served as an assistant football coach at Morehead State University the past 12 seasons, has been named the 14th head coach in school history.

“I am pleased that Coach Tenyer accepted the position,” Morehead State President Dr. Wayne D. Andrews said.  “We were deliberate in our search.  His enthusiasm for the position and our young men is evident.  It is exciting to consider the future of Morehead State football with Rob at the helm.”

Tenyer has served as Morehead State’s offensive coordinator the past two years after four seasons as recruiting coordinator.  He has coached running backs all 12 years with the Eagles, in addition to stints as receivers coach, strength & conditioning coordinator and equipment coordinator.

Tenyer has 15 years of collegiate recruiting experience, including 12 at the Division I level.  He has also been the football staff’s academic liaison the past two years, where he annually monitored and assisted 100+ student-athletes in their pursuit of degrees at Morehead State.

“Rob earned this opportunity, it wasn’t handed to him,” Morehead State Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson said.  “He has always exhibited tremendous passion for our program and when I began to think about who should lead it, it became evident that Rob had the requisite experience and plan to do so.  I was particularly impressed with his preparation and vision for our team’s success.”

In Tenyer’s two years as a coordinator, the Eagle offense set 29 school records.  He also worked with MSU’s special teams, where seven university standards were established in 2012.

The Morehead State offense paced the Pioneer Football League in five statistical categories in 2011 and six in 2012.  The Eagles led the PFL in points, total yards and passing yards both campaigns.

Tenyer was on the staff for four consecutive PFL South Division championships from 2002-05, when the Eagles posted a 31-16 record.  He also helped MSU to a school-record-tying nine wins in 2002.

Tenyer has mentored 26 All-PFL selections at MSU, including 18 on offense.  Mason Webb (2008), Jabari McGee (2006) and Eli Parks (2005) each picked up All-America honors during his watch.

“Given that the PFL champion will now appear in the FCS playoffs, we needed someone with the energy and drive Rob has to lead us there,” Hutchinson added.  “I’m thoroughly convinced Coach Tenyer will have an outstanding career as the head football coach at Morehead State.”

Tenyer joined the Morehead State staff after serving as an assistant coach at Centre College (Ky.) from 1998-2000 and graduate assistant at California University (Pa.) from 1996-97.  He also worked as a player/coach with a professional team in Landsberg, Germany, in 1996.

A football, basketball and baseball star growing up, Tenyer graduated from Marine City High School (Mich.).  He was an all-league selection in all three sports and was inducted into his alma mater's Hall of Fame in 2010.

Tenyer earned a bachelor's degree from Olivet College (Mich.) in 1995 and master's degree from MSU in 2007.  At Olivet, he was a four-year letterwinner at quarterback.  He also served as team captain his senior year.

Tenyer has worked several notable camps in the states of Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.  He is also a member of the American Football Coaches Association.

Tenyer is married to the former Jane Kelly, a Morehead State graduate who is the university’s assistant director of fitness, wellness & student development.  The couple has one daughter, Brooke.