WKU Football hires new offensive coordinator


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WKU wide receiver Malachi Corley runs the ball to the end zone to score a touchdown for the Hilltoppers at Houchens-Stadium on Sept. 24, 2022 in Bowling Green, Ky.

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WKU Football head coach Tyson Helton announced Wednesday that the Hilltoppers will be hiring Drew Hollingshead as the team’s new offensive coordinator.

This news comes after former offensive coordinator Ben Arbuckle left to become the offensive coordinator at Washington State University. Arbuckle will become the youngest primary coordinator in the Power Five at only 27 years-old.

Hollingshead will be leading a high powered offense from the start of his career at WKU, as the Hilltoppers will have many weapons returning including quarterback Austin Reed and top receiver Malachi Corley.

The Hilltoppers will be looking to replicate their offense from last season as the team finished seventh in Total Offense in the FBS.

The hiring comes after Hollingshead spent three seasons under Mike Leach at Mississippi State.Hollingshead began his time at Mississippi State as an offensive quality control assistant before being promoted to inside receivers coach last season.

Hollingshead followed Leach to Mississippi State after beginning his career at Washington State where Leach was a head coach. Hollingshead worked as an offensive graduate assistant for two years before being promoted to offensive quality control assistant in 2018.

Hollingshead has experience not only in coaching, but in playing as well. Hollingshead played quarterback for the University of Houston from 2009-2012.