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Robert WimberlyDirector of High School Relations/Linebackers
College: Alabama A&M ('02)
Start Date: March, 2004
Robert Wimberly, one of the Flames' senior defensive coaches, enters his fourth season with Liberty.
As the Flames' linebackers coach, Wimberly played an important role in helping implement the 3-4 defensive scheme at Liberty for the first time in program history during the 2006 campaign.
The scheme change proved to be a success as Liberty set eight team defensive records, including fewest points allowed (172), fewest average total offensive yards (306.0), shutouts (3), and helped the Flames rank 12th nationally in scoring defensive (15.64 points per game).
During the spring of 2007, Wimberly undertook a new responsibility as he was named the program's Director of High School Relations. In this role, Wimberly works closely with the high school programs in the Central Virginia area and also oversees Liberty's summer football camps.
His first two seasons with the program, Liberty's linebackers have excelled in production and have led the team with more than 100 tackles both seasons. Nick Vaughn led the program with 105 tackles in 2004, and Manny Rojas finished with a team-best 102 stops in 2005. Rojas finished as the Big South Conference's second all-time leading tackler and was a three-time, all-conference honoree.
Before coming to Liberty, Wimberly served as a student assistant and graduate assistant at Wisconsin during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.
Wimberly was a four-year letterwinner at Alabama A&M, where he received his bachelor's degree in science and hospitality management in 2002. His senior year was abruptly ended after two games due to a season-ending neck injury. Wimberly completed his master's degree in educational policy & administration at the University of Wisconsin in 2005. This past spring, Wimberly was ordained as an elder in the ministry under the leadership of Dr. James E. Camm and Word Ministries International.
The native of Miami, Fla., is married to the former Tracie Pruitt of Birmingham, Ala., and has a daughter, Bianca D. Robertson, who will be a freshman at Liberty in the fall.