Weist named offensive coordinator

T.J. Weist, a 25-year coaching veteran, has been named the offensive coordinator at the University of Connecticut. Weist spent the last three years as Cincinnati wide receivers coach.

 

John F. Silver

The University of Connecticut has named 25-year veteran coach T.J. Weist offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach as he joins the staff after three years at Cincinnati.

Weist comes to UConn from Cincinnati where he served for three years under Butch Jones. Before that, Weist was the offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky from 2003-06 and then served as associate head coach from 2007-2009.

“I am very excited to join the UConn family and be part of Coach (Paul) Pasqualoni’s staff,” said Weist. “I have always had a high respect for the UConn football program from playing them for the past three years. One thing that has always struck me about the UConn team is that they have tough players, who are well coached and disciplined. As an opposing coach, you respect that and you know its starts with the head coach and his staff.”

Weist has mentored over 14 NFL receivers, was also the Bearcats recruiting coordinator for the past year. During his time with the Bearcats, Cincinnati won a total of two Big East  Championships.

Weist

“I am very excited to join the UConn family and be part of Coach (Paul) Pasqualoni’s staff,” said Weist. “I have always had a high respect for the UConn football program from playing them for the past three years. One thing that has always struck me about the UConn team is that they have tough players, who are well coached and disciplined. As an opposing coach, you respect that and you know its starts with the head coach and his staff.

The Bearcats were 10-3 last season and Weist  served as offensive coordinator in the Belk Bowl after Butch Jones and several other coaches left to Tennessee at the end of the season. Calling plays in the booth, the Bearcats gained 554 yards of total offense on 53 plays and did not have a turnover. Cincinnati was 17 of 25 in passing for 332 yards.

“T.J. will be a very valuable addition to what is already a very good coaching staff here at UConn,” UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni. “He has a tremendous amount of experience at major college football programs, which will be a great asset to us. T.J. has also had recruiting responsibilities in a number of areas of the country which are key areas for us.”

The Huskies hired Weist as offensive coordinator to replace assistant George DeLeone at the position, who served as coordinator for the last two season. DeLeone’s offenses struggled in two years and were ranked 110th in the nation in yards per game this past season and worst in the Big East. The Huskies were 118th in scoring under DeLeone this past season. ¬†DeLeone will remain with the team as offensive line coach and associate head coach to Pasqualoni.

A native of Bay City, Mich., Weist was a wide receiver at Alabama from 1985-87, taking part in three postseason bowl games, and earned a letter as a senior. He earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in 1988, and then added an exercise physiology master’s degree one year later.

Weist and his wife Karen have a son, James (4).

Here’s the full release from UConn:

http://www.uconnhuskies.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/012213aae.html