Chris Klieman didn’t have to search far to find the newest member of Kansas State’s coaching staff.
The Wildcats have announced that Brian Lepak will tutor the team’s fullbacks and tight ends next season after previously working under Klieman as a senior offensive quality control coach.
Lepak will replace Jason Ray, who was not retained following the final game of the regular season in November. Lepak joined K-State in an off-the-field coaching role last season and quickly impressed his peers in that role. He filled in as an assistant coach leading up to K-State’s victory over LSU at the Texas Bowl. Klieman thought enough of his work to reward him with a promotion a few weeks later.
“Brian’s promotion allows for a seamless transition in our program as he stepped in and provided a great deal of insight and assistance over the course of the last season,” Klieman said in a statement. “He brings a great amount of energy, intelligence and football knowledge to our staff room, and I know that our tight ends and fullbacks will benefit greatly from his leadership.”
Lepak got into coaching after playing as an offensive lineman for Colorado State and Oklahoma. With the Sooners, he helped them win a Big 12 championship in 2010 and was chosen as an academic All-American.
Lepak didn’t immediately go into coaching after his playing career ended. He has a law degree, as well as dual degrees in accounting and finance. He began coaching in 2014 as a graduate assistant at Indiana. From there he became a graduate assistant at Oklahoma and then served as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach at Southern.
“I am honored and humbled that Coach Klieman has chosen me for the opportunity to coach tight ends and fullbacks at Kansas State,” Lepak said. “We will pursue excellence in everything we do, from recruiting to off-season workouts, from drills to execution on gameday. No one will out work us, and we hope to make the alumni, former players and coaches, and students proud to claim us as part of the Wildcat family. My family and I are beyond blessed to call Manhattan our home.”