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Scott WachenheimAssistant Head Coach/Off. Coordinator/Off. Line
College: Air Force Academy ('84)
Start Date: 1/21/2006
Scott Wachenheim joined the Flames coaching staff in January 2006 as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Following last season, head coach Danny Rocco increased Wachenheim's responsibilities, naming him assistant head coach.
In 2006 Liberty's offense finished ranked in the nation's top twenty teams in eight categories. The Flames tied for first nationally for fewest turnovers lost (8), sixth in fourth down conversions (71.4 percent), ninth in sacks allowed (1.00 per game), 10th in third down conversions (47.5 percent), 17th in rushing touchdowns (23), 19th in rushing offense (185 yards per game), 18th in time of possession (31:44) and 20th in tackles for a loss allowed (4.55).
Liberty's offensive line also drew national recognition. Stephen Sene, Jarrett Winfrey, and Eddie Pinigis earned Big South all-conference honors. Additionally, Sene was named to the VaSID all-state and Football Gazette Central All-Region second teams.
Prior to his days with the Flames, Wachenheim spent 12 years as a member of Ken Hatfield's coaching staff at Rice in Houston, Texas. He spent the last five years with the Owls as offensive coordinator.
Wachenheim helped Rice build a dominant ball control offense which ranked among the nation's best during his tenure.
During the 2004 season, Rice led the nation in rushing offense (306.5 yards per game), and the Owls' 2003 squad ranked second in the country, racking up a school record of 3800 rushing yards. In 2001, Wachenheim's direction enabled Rice to break the school record for points scored (333) and total offense (4,846 yards).
Prior to joining the Rice staff, Wachenheim served as recruiting coordinator, offensive tackles and tight ends coach at Utah State (1992-93). He culminated his tenure at the school with a Big West Conference title and a Las Vegas Bowl victory in 1993.
Wachenheim got his collegiate coaching career started in 1984. After graduating from the Air Force Academy with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, he served as offensive coordinator of the Air Force Academy's junior varsity squad. He then went on to complete his military requirements.
Wachenheim returned to the coaching ranks at Arkansas in 1989-90, helping the Razorbacks to a Southwest Conference championship and a Cotton Bowl invitation. Additionally, Wachenheim earned his master's degree in athletic administration from the school in 1991.
Wachenheim spent the 1991 football season at Colorado under the leadership of head coach Bill McCartney, helping the Buffaloes win the Big 8 Conference championship and earn a berth in the Blockbuster Bowl.
As a player, Wachenheim was a four-year starter (1980-83) on the offensive line at the Air Force Academy. He earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference and honorable mention All-American honors his senior year. The 1983 Falcons finished with a 10-2 season record, were ranked second in the nation in rushing offense, and were tabbed as the nation's 13th-ranked team overall.
The native of Woodland Hills, Calif., Wachenheim and his wife, Karla, have two sons: Kyle and Tyson.