June 15, 2012
Kefense Hynson (pronounced: ka-FIN-say...hen-SON) has been hired as an assistant football coach and will work with the tight ends at The University of Montana, announced Griz head coach Mick Delaney today (Friday, June 15).
Hynson comes to Montana from Yale University, where he recently coached the receivers for the past three seasons.
Prior to his stint at Yale he spent the past three years as an assistant coach at Western Washington. He was the Western Washington offensive coordinator for his final two seasons there, and his 2008 Vikings' offense averaged 404 yards of total offense and nearly 30 points a game, while his quarterbacks threw 29 touchdown passes.
"I am really excited about the hiring of Kefense," Delaney said. "In this business when you're a head coach usually you kind of try to turn to people that you know something about, or maybe played for you or played for the Griz. But Kefense, I had never met him and I did not know him, but I just got a tremendous amount of great telephone calls about him. He just stood out as a really quality person number one, and a very, very good football coach, and he's very intelligent.
"He's been an offensive coordinator at a couple of different colleges, and at Western Washington he and Legi (Suiaunoa, UM's defensive line coach) worked together, and Legi (pronounced: lang-EE) was the one who told me that he knew a quality fellow who would fit in with our staff," Delaney said.
"I am anxious to get Kefense aboard," Delaney said. "He actually flew in yesterday to work (Grizzly football) camp, and then he will go on home and move his family. He will have a busy summer getting organized and jumping in with us."
Hynson, who has experience working with collegiate quarterbacks, receivers, running backs and defensive backs, was an assistant at Minnesota State in 2005 and director of football operations at Boise State in 2004, the year the Broncos went 11-1, won the WAC title and were ranked in both major polls.
He has also had assistant jobs at Quincy (2004) and Willamette (2003) and did an NFL minority coaching fellowship with Seattle in 2008, Oakland (2009), and Kansas City (2010), where he worked with the receivers.
Hynson participated in the 2009 NCAA Coaches Academy, which reinforces various aspects of securing, managing and excelling in head football coaching positions at the intercollegiate level. In 2011 he was one of 20 selected to participate in the NCAA Expert Coaches Academy, which helps develop the necessary skills to be a successful head coach.
As a player he was an honorable mention All-American defensive back at Willamette College (Oregon). He was a three-time Northwest Conference All-Star, NWC Freshman of the Year and team captain before graduating in 2003.
A native of Oakland, Calif., he and his wife, Shanina, have three children: Jade, Myles, and Layla.
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