The Enterprise football team’s coaching staff just continues to get stronger with the hire of former college football assistant coach Zach Yenser.
Enterprise announced the hire at the Tuesday, March 15, board of education meeting.
Yenser comes to Enterprise as an offensive line coach after spending the last seven years as an offensive line coach in college football, most recently with the University of Kansas.
“We’re unbelievably excited about the opportunity to add Zach to our program,” Enterprise coach David Faulkner said of the hire. “He comes in with a wealth of knowledge having coached in the Big XII, Pac-12 and a little bit of everywhere else in between.”
Faulkner says that he believes Yenser will fit right in with the EHS offense.
“We’re fired up and looking forward to working with him,” Faulkner emphasized. “His background and the offenses he’s worked in are similar, schematically and philosophy-wise, to what we’re doing. So, I think it’s just a perfect fit for us.”
Yenser was a four-year starter at Troy University at center where he played from 2003 until 2006. He was a team captain and first-team All-Sun Belt in 2006.
Following graduation, Yenser spent 2007 as a graduate assistant, working with the offensive line, at Troy before becoming the offensive line coach at Division II school Henderson State in Arkansas in 2008. Yenser’s Henderson State offensive line gave up just 13 sacks in 430 passing attempts in 2008.
In 2009, Yenser headed to the high school ranks to serve as offensive line and running backs coach at Georgia’s Colquitt County High School.
Yenser served under Rush Propst at Colquitt County, who both Faulkner and new Enterprise defensive coordinator Tracy Buckhannon also spent time coaching under. Yenser’s hire played out similarly to that of Buckhannon’s, too.
“It happened kind of like how it happened with Tracy,” Faulkner said. “We have some good friends in common that told me that Zach was available.
“I reached out to him and we kind of hit it off and I thought this could really be good for us here in Enterprise. He was excited about getting the opportunity to come here and we’re really fired up about having him.”
After his stint at Colquitt County, Yenser moved on to become offensive line coach at Louisiana Tech in 2010. At Louisiana Tech, Yenser helped coach six offensive linemen that earned all-conference honors from 2010 until 2012.
In 2012, Yenser accepted the offensive line coaching duties at Troy until Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes was hired at the University of California and brought Yenser on at Cal.
Yenser was offensive line coach at Cal from 2012 until 2014 and then became the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Kansas from 2015 until 2017.
During his college coaching career, Yenser helped develop future NFL players including former Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Jordan Mills, who was the first Louisiana Tech offensive lineman to ever be drafted, and current Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Steven Moore.
“I think sometimes coaching football is just coaching football in a lot of aspects,” Faulkner said. “However, a lot of times the guys that have that college coaching experience bring in a wealth of knowledge in terms of fundamentals and technique in the way that they develop players.
“To me, that’s the thing I’m most excited about, which is the opportunity for our kids to be coached by these guys who have coached guys that have gone on to the pros.”