Rob Tenyer, who has served as an assistant football coach at Morehead State University the past 12 seasons, was named the 14th head coach in school history on Thursday.
Tenyer replaces Matt Ballard, who was fired after a 4-7 season in 2012, the team's fourth consecutive losing campaign.
"This is a great day," Tenyer said during his introductory news conference. "Today is a new era in Morehead State football. Today is a new era of championship football. So that's exciting."
Tenyer thanked Ballard for being a friend and a "tremendous mentor." Ballard was Morehead State's head coach for 19 seasons.
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"My wife asked me this morning, 'How are you going to get up there without crying?' I said, 'There ain't no crying in football.' But I'm sure at some point I'll get emotional. This is a great place with great people. For me that's what it's about."
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 and conditioning coordinator and equipment coordinator.
"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."
In Tenyer's two years as a coordinator, the Eagles' 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 seasons.
Tenyer joined the Morehead State staff after serving as an assistant coach at Centre College from 1998-2000 and a 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.
Tenyer played football, basketball and baseball growing up in Michigan. He received a bachelor's degree from Olivet College in Michigan in 1995 and a master's degree from Morehead State in 2007. He was a four-year letter winner as a quarterback at Olivet.
Tenyer is married to the former Jane Kelly, a Morehead State graduate who is the university's assistant director of fitness, wellness and student development. The couple has one daughter, Brooke.