The Connecticut Huskies have had significant off-season in terms of coaching decisions, adding to their staff on Wednesday by hiring former Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee to the same position.
For the past four seasons, Lashlee has served under head coach Gus Malzahn as the offensive coordinator of the Auburn Tigers. At just 33 years old, Lashlee’s longest job in coaching was his time at Auburn, as he also served as a graduate assistant for the Tigers in 2009-2010.
In order to make the move from Auburn to Connecticut, Lashlee actually had to take a pay cut. He was in line to make $600,000 this upcoming season as the Tigers offensive coordinator, but is now in line for just $350,000 with the Huskies, on an annual basis for three years.
His playing days culminated as a quarterback for the University of Arkansas in 2004. He moved on to become a graduate assistant for the team in 2006 after serving as the quarterbacks coach at his old high school for two seasons. With single-year stops as the offensive coordinator at Samford (2011) and Arkansas State (2012) peppered in, Lashlee has ascended the notoriously rusty rungs of the collegiate coaching ladder with alarming speed.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn stated, “This is a great opportunity for Rhett to implement and run his own offense.” For the first time since Dec. 2012, Malzahn will be on the hunt for finding a new offensive coordinator.
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New Connecticut head coach (again) Randy Edsall gets his first big hire back on the job by bringing in Lashlee. Edsall previously held the post of head football coach for the Huskies from 1999-2010.