Morehead State football coach Tenyer gets contract extension

Morehead State has extended the contract of football coach Rob Tenyer through the 2019 season, the school announced Monday.

The Eagles finished 7-4 overall and 6-2 in the Pioneer Football League in 2015, Tenyer’s third season as head coach at Morehead State.

“When Rob agreed to become our head coach three seasons ago, he faced many challenging tasks. However, he began to tackle them immediately and with a very specific and directed plan,” MSU Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson said. “The progress we’ve made on and off the football field started immediately but really demonstrated that the plan is working in 2015.”

Tenyer was promoted to Eagles head coach on Dec. 13, 2012, after serving as an assistant at Morehead State the previous 12 seasons. Tenyer’s teams went 3-9 overall and 3-5 in the PFL in 2013 and 4-8 and 3-5 in 2014 before this season’s breakout.

In addition to the school posting its best overall and conference records since 2007, the 2015 team boasted 17 All-PFL selections, including the Offensive Player of the Year in quarterback Austin Gahafer.

Winning seven of its last nine games, MSU finished third in the PFL and came within one game of representing the conference in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The Eagles also posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1979. The offense led the league in passing and fewest sacks allowed and ranked fourth in the nation in passing yards, while the defense ranked third in the nation in turnover margin and ninth in interceptions.

“I firmly believe that we are moving quickly toward multiple and consistent Pioneer Football League championships, and we want Coach Tenyer leading our efforts,” Hutchinson said. “Our future is very bright, and I’m excited that Rob wants to continue this important effort.”

Implementing the “C3” plan (character, community and championship effort) when hired, Tenyer’s program has made strides academically, too.

Five players were named Academic All-PFL in 2015, the highest total since MSU joined the league in 2001. Football also received the Most Improved Academic Progress Rate honor for the PFL from the FCS Athletic Directors’ Association.

The retention rate for the program has increased as well, with 19 seniors on the 2015 roster and nearly that many expected for 2016.

Attendance has also increased under Tenyer. MSU averaged 8,204 fans for its five home games in 2015, ranking in the top 50 nationall — an increase of more than 3,800 since 2013.

Morehead State opens its 2016 season on Sept. 3 at James Madison. Its home opener is Sept. 10 vs. Virginia Military Institute.