Rhett Lashlee begins his first season with the Huskies as the offensive coordinator.
Prior to joining UConn he was the Auburn offensive coordinator for four seasons. He helped the Tigers to the 2013 SEC Championship and BCS Championship berth, While at Auburn he managed one of the most prolific offenses in college football. The 2013-14 seasons were the best back-to-back offensively in school history, and the 2014 squad set an Auburn record for total offense. Lashlee coaches the quarterbacks daily in practice. Lashlee has been nominated for the Broyle Award twice, including being a finalist in 2013, the award is presented to the nation's top assistant coach.
In 2013, Auburn had the second biggest turnaround in college football history at +8.0 games. Starting QB Nick Marshall did not practice until August, but Lashlee tutored the junior college transfer to 3,044 yards of total offense (1976 passing, 1068 rushing), 14 TD passes and 12 rushing TDs.
Marshall finished his two-year career second all-time in passing efficiency at Auburn, the school leader for rushing TD as a QB, and posted an AU-record 505 total yards (465 passing) in the 2014 Iron Bowl.
Auburn led the nation in rushing (328.3 yds/game), and ranked 11th in total offense (501.3 yds/game) and 12th in scoring offense (39.5 pts/game) in 2013. Running back Tre Mason was a Heisman Trophy finalist and the SEC Offensive Player of the Year; he set Auburn single-season records with 2,374 all-purpose yards, and 1,816 rushing yards.
Three offensive players were 2014 NFL Draft picks: tackle Greg Robinson No. 2 overall by the St. Louis Rams, Mason (third round, Rams) and fullback Jay Prosch (sixth round, Houston Texans). Three more -- third-rounder receiver Sammie Coates (Pittsburgh Steelers) and fifth-rounders TE C.J. Uzomah (Cincinnati Bengals) and RB Cameron Artis-Payne (Carolina Panthers) -- were 2015 selections, and OT Shon Coleman and WR Ricardo Louis (both Cleveland Browns) were 2016 picks.
During the 2012 season as offensive coordinator at Arkansas State, Lashlee helped ASU to a Sun Belt title. Record-setting quarterback Ryan Aplin was named the Sun Belt Player of the Year, leading the league in passing yards, passing efficiency and total offense.
Lashlee served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Samford in 2011, installing a high-tempo offense that improved the Bulldogs' national ranking in total offense from No. 57 in the nation to No. 36 in just one year. Receiver Kelsey Pope broke the school record for receptions in a game, while quarterback Dustin Taliaferro broke Samford's career record for completions.
While at Auburn as an offensive graduate assistant during the 2009-10 seasons, Lashlee assisted Malzahn with all aspects of the offense and coached the slot receivers in 2010. In 2009, the Tigers finished 8-5 winning the Outback Bowl. During the 2010 season he helped the Tigers finish 14-0, winning the SEC title and the BCS National Championship behind Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Cam Newton.
Lashlee's college career began in 2006 at Arkansas, where he served as a graduate assistant with Malzahn as the 10-4 Razorbacks won the SEC Western Division title. Lashlee coached at Springdale (Ark.) High School in 2004-05, working with the quarterbacks and 2005 National Player of the Year Mitch Mustain.
A backup quarterback at Arkansas from 2002-04, when his career was cut short by a shoulder injury, Lashlee graduated from Shiloh Christian High School in Springdale, Ark. He played quarterback for Malzahn (1999-2000) and Chris Wood (2001) at Shiloh Christian, posting a state-record 40 career wins (40-3-2 as a starter) while leading his team to three straight state championship game appearances and two state titles. The 2001 Arkansas Player of the Year, Lashlee owns virtually every state passing record; when his career had finished, he had broken the national record for career touchdown passes (171), career touchdowns (200), most passing yards in a game (672) and was second with 13,201 passing yards.
Lashlee graduated from Arkansas in 2006 with a degree in marketing and business administration. He received his master's degree in higher education from Auburn in 2009. He is married to the former Lauren Lee of Rogers, Ark., an Arkansas business graduate. They have twin sons, Thomas and Hudson, and twin daughters, Rowyn and Scarlet.
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