University of Kansas

KU football hires Eric Kiesau as receivers coach

Charlie Weis’ tenure as KU receivers coach was short-lived.

Ten days after Weis assumed the post, KU announced the hiring of new receivers coach Eric Kiesau, who spent the two previous seasons as the offensive coordinator at Washington.

Technically, Kiesau replaces Weis, who on Feb. 10 re-assigned former receivers coach Rob Ianello to an off-field role with the title, “director of research.”

In a statement released on Thursday, Weis said new offensive coordinator John Reagan was the driving force behind adding Kiesau.

“When Coach (John) Reagan came to me with Eric’s name I was intrigued,” said Weis, KU’s third-year head coach. “We’re very pleased to be able to add him to our staff. It is our good fortune that Washington experienced a staff transition at the same time we were looking for a receivers coach. Eric has experienced a great deal of success in exactly the position that we were looking for.”

Kiesau guided an offense that helped Washington finish 9-4 in 2013. He worked under head coach Steve Sarkisian, who left to take the job at Southern Cal in December. Before spending two seasons at Washington, Kiesau worked as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach at California for the 2011 campaign. He had previously worked on the staff at Cal from 2002 to 2005, before spending 2006-2010 at Colorado.

Kiesau takes over a position group that has been a glaring hole for Kansas during Weis’ first two seasons in Lawrence. The Jayhawks’ receivers failed to record a touchdown reception in 2012 before taking part in one of the worst passing offenses in the country this past season.