Connecticut announced the hiring of Weist, 47, Tuesday evening. The 1988 graduate of Alabama emerged as the leading candidate after interviews earlier this month and a source told UConnPlaybook.com last week that his hiring was imminent after DeLeone stepped down as offensive coordinator.
Weist (pronounced WEEST) spent the past three season coaching wide receivers at Cincinnati. He has 25 years of coaching experience, has mentored 14 NFL receivers and last season took on the role of recruiting coordinator for the Bearcats. Prior to his time at Cincinnati, Wesit spent eight years at Western Kentucky as wide receivers coach. There he was assistant head coach from 2007-09 and offensive coordinator from 2003-06.
DeLeone, 64, will remain on head coach Paul Pasqualoni’s staff, continuing to serve as offensive line coach and adding the title of associate head coach to his responsibilities. DeLeone came under heaving criticism the past two seasons as UConn’s offense struggled. UConn ranked 110th in the nation in total offense last season. The Huskies passed for 230.4 yards a game last season but were plagued by interceptions (18) and never got the running game going.
Weist will be charged with energizing an offense that was predictable and unproductive. UConn was last in the Big East in scoring offense (17.75 ppg) and that was 118th in the nation. After a Sept. 29 win over Buffalo, UConn did not score a second-half touchdown until the second overtime at Louisville on Nov. 24.
Weist will also coach UConn's wide receivers.
UConn ranked ninth in the nation in total defense and 19th nationally in scoring defense but all of that was wasted by an inept offense that was boring and unimaginative.
Read the UConn press release here.