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Rocco Completes Football Coaching Staff
Liberty University head football coach Danny Rocco has announced the completion of his coaching staff with five members of the previous staff remaining, while four new coaches will be on the sidelines for the Flames' next year.
Rocco has retained Frank Hickson, Marshall Roberts, Charlie Skalaski, Pete Sundheim and Robert Wimberly from the previous coaching staff. Hickson (Running Backs), Roberts (Defensive Backs), Skalaski (Wide Receivers), Sundheim (Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends) and Wimberly (Linebackers) will all remain in their same coaching positions, while Skalaski has taken over the responsibilities of Recruiting Coordinator.
The four coaches joining Rocco's staff are Tom Clark (Defensive Coordinator), Brandon Streeter (Quarterbacks), Scott Wachenheim (Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line) and Chad Wilt (Defensive Line/Special Teams).
Tom Clark – Defensive Coordinator
Clark comes to Liberty after serving his second stint as head football coach at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. where he has been since 2004, helping rebuild the Division III program. Prior to his most recent stay at Catholic, Clark served as the defensive coordinator at William & Mary from three seasons (2001-04), helping the Tribe to a share of the Atlantic 10 Conference championship in 2001.
Clark first joined the staff at Catholic in 1994 and served as head football coach until he left to go to William & Mary. While at Catholic, Clark compiled an impressive 56-14-1 overall coaching record and boasts of one of the best seven-year runs in Division III history (.792 winning percentage.
Catholic made three-consecutive appearances in the Division III playoffs (1997, 1998 and 1999), while he helped quickly turn the program around as his 1994 squad tied the NCAA record for best turnaround. In 1999, Catholic finished with a 9-2 overall record and claimed the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship, earning the ODAC title in their first year in the conference.
Clark's other coaching stints included head coach and athletic director at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Md. (1988-94), graduate assistant coach for the secondary at Colorado (1987-88), assistant coach for the secondary at Catholic (1985-86) and assistant coach at St. John's College Prep in Washington, D.C. (1983-84).
Clark is a native of the Washington, D.C. area and received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Maryland in 1986. Clark and his wife, Laurie, have two children: Kevin and Samantha.
Scott Wachenheim – Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Wachenkeim comes to Liberty from Rice where he has spent the last 12 years with the Owls, including the past five seasons as offensive coordinator.
Wachenheim helped Rice build a consistent ball-control offense that has ranked among the nation's best over the years. During the 2004 season, Rice led the nation in rushing offense (306.5 yards per game), while the Owl's 2003 squad racked up a school record 3,800 rushing yards and ranked second in the country.
In 2001, Wachenheim's offensive prowess enabled Rice to finish the season with a school record 4,846 yards of total offense, while breaking the school record for points scored (333).
Wachenheim got his collegiate coaching career started as a graduate assistant at Arkansas in 1989-90, helping the Razorbacks to a SWC championship, while also serving one season as a graduate assistant at Colorado in 1991.
Prior to joining the staff at Rice, Wachenheim served as recruiting coordinator, offensive tackles and tight ends coach at Utah State (1992-93), which included helping the Aggies to a 7-5 record in 1993 and a Big West conference title and a victory in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Wachenheim was a four-year starter on the offensive line at the Air Force Academy where he earned first team all-WAC honors in 1983 and was named an honorable mention All-American as a senior after guiding the Falcons to a 10-2 record.
Wachenheim received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Air Force in 1984, while after he fulfilled his military requirements from 1984-89. While commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1984, Wachenkeim also served as the offensive coordinator of the Air Force's junior varsity football squad. He also earned a master's in education in athletic administration from Arkansas in 1991.
The native of Woodland Hills, Calif., Wachenheim and his wife, Karla, have two children: Kyle and Tyson.
Brandon Streeter – Quarterbacks Coach
Streeter comes to Liberty after serving as a graduate assistant coach at Clemson for two years, helping breakdown game film for the Tigers' offensive units.
Streeter is no stranger to the Tigers' program as he was a three-year letterwinner at Clemson (1997-99), including starting quarterback his junior and senior season. Streeter broke or tied 11 Clemson records during his career as he threw for 3,506 yards and 17 touchdowns, while ranking seventh in school history in passing yardage and fifth in completion percentage (56.6 percent, 294-for-519).
A three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll, Streeter became Clemson's inaugural winner of the Brandon Streeter Award in 1999, which is annually given to a student-athlete that has succeeded athletically despite a physical injury.
Streeter earned his bachelor's degree in health science from Clemson in 1999 and a master's degree in human resource development from Clemson in 2001. Streeter also brings Big South coaching experience as he served as an assistant coach at Charleston Southern in 2003. He is married to the former Ashleigh Foard.
Chad Wilt – Defensive Line/Special Teams Coach
Wilt comes to Liberty after serving with Rocco at Virginia as a graduate assistant for the two years, working closely with the defensive backs.
Prior to his days at Virginia, Wilt spent three seasons as defensive line coach and special teams coordinator at Central Connecticut State, where he was nominated for the AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year award in 2003.
Wilt also coached one season as a student assistant at Taylor University in Upland, Ind., while he spent a spring season as an assistant coach at William & Mary.
Wilt was a three-time all-conference performer at Taylor where he captained the football team as a senior and was twice named a second-team NAIA All-American at defensive end. He was also named to the academic all-conference team twice during his playing career.
Wilt earned his bachelor's degree in sports management from Taylor in 2000.