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Aaron StamnOffensive Coordinator/Tight Ends & Fullbacks
College: Minnesota State-Mankato ('02)
Start Date: 1/5/12
Aaron Stamn is one of several coaches who have served under head coach Turner Gill with three different programs, having previously worked under Gill at Buffalo (2006-09) and Kansas (2010-11).
Midway through Liberty's 2012 season, Gill promoted Stamn to his current role as the Flames' offensive coordinator, with tight end and fullback specific position responsibilities.
Stamn's direct position responsibility is one with which he is familiar when working under Gill, as he also oversees Liberty's tight ends and fullbacks.
Stamn took over as Liberty's offensive play caller heading into the Flames' first home game of the 2012 season (against Norfolk State) and ended with him coaching four All-Big South honorees and one of the top upcoming FCS quarterbacks in the country.
Liberty's offense finished the 2012 season ranked No. 40 in the country in total offense (402 yards per game) and No. 35 in rushing offense (175.82 yards per game).
Stamn's offensive schemes helped the development of Josh Woodrum, who finished the year No. 13 in the final voting for the Jerry Rice Award (top FCS freshman in the country).
A total of eight offensive Liberty players earned All-Big South honors in 2013, including first-team honorees Darrin Peterson (WR), Brandon Apon (TE) and Hunter Steward (OL), who was also a first-round draft pick in the 2013 CFL Draft.
Apon capped off his career at Liberty by earning first-team All-Big South and VaSID honors, while finishing as the Big South's all-time career receiving touchdowns leader by a tight end (eight). The team captain was named as a Hammer Strength All-American, which is presented by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.
Second-team all-conference running back Desmond Rice had a breakout year under Stamn's tutelage, rushing for 967 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2013, the second-highest single-season total by a running back in program history.
Woodrum also thrived under Stamn's scheme last season, throwing for 19 touchdowns and 2,581 yards, the second-highest total in a season by a Liberty sophomore quarterback.
After finishing No. 53 in the country in scoring offense in 2012 (27.2 points per game), Stamn's second season at the helm of Liberty's offense had the Flames ranked No. 16 in the country with Liberty putting up an average of 37.3 points per game.
Liberty also finished the 2013 season ranked No. 1 in the country in turnovers lost (11), reducing the number of extra possessions given to its opponents.
During his two seasons on staff, Stamn has helped the Flames win back-to-back shared Big South titles. Liberty also knocked off a pair of top 25 opponents (No. 6 Stony Brook in 2012 and No. 16 Charleston Southern in 2013), marking the third time in program history Liberty has defeated ranked teams in consecutive seasons.
Stamn served as Gill's tight ends coach at both Kansas (2010-11) and Buffalo (2006-08), while also coaching Buffalo's offensive line in 2009 during Gill's last year with the Bulls.
During his previous five seasons under Gill, Stamn has had a tight end be on the John Mackey watch list, and nine times had a conference special teams player of the week.
During Stamn's first season at Kansas, starting tight end Tim Biere led the Jayhawks with four touchdown receptions and ranked fourth on the team in total receiving yards. Biere was named to the John Mackey watch list during the 2010 and 2011 seasons and national tight end of the week against Oklahoma State.
Alonso Rojas, Kansas' punter, earned All Big 12 honorable mention accolades in 2010, while Ron Doherty followed with All Big 12 punter honorable mention honors in 2011. D.J. Beshears received All Big 12 honorable mention accolades as a kickoff return specialist in 2010 after setting the school record for kickoff return yardage. As a team, Kansas finished the 2011 season with four blocked kicks.
Stamn first started working under Gill at Buffalo, quickly helping the Bulls gain respect at the FBS level. The 2008 season saw Buffalo capture the program's first-ever MAC championship and advance to the 2009 International Bowl.
Stamn was also in charge of Buffalo's special teams unit the first three years with the Bulls, as Special Teams Coordinator. Buffalo blocked seven kicks in 2006 and five more in 2007, while Stamn coached the program's single-season and career scoring leader A.J. Principe and Ray Guy award finalist punter Ben Woods.
Stamn first worked alongside Gill at Nebraska when Stamn served as a graduate assistant during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. During his two-year span with the Huskers, Nebraska tallied a program-record-setting 50 sacks in 2005 and recorded a 32-28 upset of No. 20 Michigan in the Alamo Bowl.
Stamn began his coaching career at his alma mater, serving as a student assistant at Minnesota State – Mankato for two seasons (2000-01), while earning his bachelor's degree in physical education in 2002.
After graduation, Stamn spent two years at St. Cloud State as a graduate assistant. Stamn worked with the Huskies' defensive line and linebackers and helped St. Cloud State post a 16-6 overall record and finish No. 3 in the nation in rushing defense in 2002.
Stamn and his wife, the former Courtney Skelton, have three sons – Rylan, Jackson and Cooper.
Stamn at a Glance
Year at Liberty: Third
2012-13 (2 years) – Liberty (Off. Coord., TE/FB)
2010-11 (2 years) – Kansas (TE, ST)
2006-09 (4 years) – Buffalo (TE, ST, OL)
2004-05 (2 years) – Nebraska (GA - DL)
2002-03 (2 years) – St. Cloud State (GA – DL, LB)
2000-01 (2 years) – Minnesota State – Mankato (SA – OL, DB)
Recruiting Area: Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., Dallas, Texas, Michigan, Minnesota, Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York
Education: B.A., Physical Education (Minnesota State - Mankato, '02)
Hometown: Madison, Wis.
Children: Rylan, Jackson and Cooper