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Gill Announces Football Coaching Staff
Two former Division I head football coaches and five former Kansas staff members spotlight the announcement of Turner Gill's coaching staff at Liberty.
The announcement marks the completion of Gill's coaching staff after he was hired as Liberty's eighth head football coach on Dec. 14, 2011.
"I had three very unique and distinct goals when assembling my coaching staff here at Liberty," said Gill. "First and foremost, I was looking for individuals who can build Champions for Christ, keeping with the committed vision of Liberty University.
"Secondly, I wanted men who were not only excellent teachers of the game of football, but also in the game of life," continued Gill, who will be calling Liberty's offensive plays from the sidelines. "Finally, I was looking for individuals who could build relationships with 18 to 22-year old young men, helping us recruit the finest talent in the country to receive their degrees and win championships at Liberty."
Offensive Coaching Staff:
Dennis Wagner (Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line)
Aaron Stamn (Co-Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends)
Charlie Skalaski (Recruiting Coordinator/Wide Receivers)
Joe Dailey (Quarterbacks)
Jamaal Fobbs (Running Backs)
Adam Morris (Offensive Quality Control)
Defensive Coaching Staff:
Robert Wimberly (Defensive Coordinator/Safeties)
Carl Torbush (Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers)
Vantz Singletary (Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line)
Marshall Roberts (Cornerbacks)
Mike Minter (Special Teams Coordinator)
Josh Bookbinder (Defensive Quality Control)
Dennis Wagner (‘82/Utah)
Dennis Wagner brings more than 20 years of coaching experience with him to Liberty, including head coaching stints at Western Carolina (2008-11) and Wayne State (1989-96).
Outside of his head coaching roles, Wagner also brings a FBS coaching background with him, having served as an assistant coach at Nebraska (2004-07), Fresno State (1997-03) and UNLV (1984 and 1981-82).
During his four seasons at Nebraska, Wagner was an assistant coach with Gill in 2004 and helped the Huskers to a pair of bowl games, including a 32-28 upset of No. 20 Michigan in 2005 Alamo Bowl.
Aaron Stamn (‘02/Minnesota State-Mankato)
Aaron Stamn is one of two additions to Gill's Liberty coaching staff who have served under him when Gill was head coach at both Buffalo and Kansas.
While at Kansas, Stamn served as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator, while he instructed Buffalo's tight ends (2006-08) and offensive line (2009). Stamn also served as special teams coordinator at Buffalo, where he coached the program's single-season and career scoring leader and Ray Guy award finalist punter Ben Woods.
Gill and Stamn first met when Stamn served as a graduate assistant at Nebraska during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
Charlie Skalaski ('78/Florida)
Charlie Skalaski is one of two coaches retained from the previous Liberty coaching staff, and he will be entering his 10th season on Liberty Mountain.
Skalaski has helped instruct some of the most prolific wide receivers in Liberty's program history, including two-time All-American Chris Summers. Summers finished his Liberty career in 2011 as the program's all-time leader in career receptions (188), receiving yards (2,712) and touchdown receptions (26).
Skalaski has also spearheaded Liberty's highly successful recruiting efforts since 2006 and will continue in the same role on Gill's staff.
Joe Dailey (‘08/North Carolina)
Joe Dailey comes to Liberty after serving as quarterbacks coach at Bethune-Cookman this past season.
This will be the third time Dailey has worked under Gill, after serving as on-campus recruiting coordinator at Kansas in 2010. Dailey also served two years under Gill at Buffalo, one as tight ends coach and the second as offensive graduate assistant.
Dailey was a quarterback for Nebraska from 2003-05, including two years when Gill was part of the Huskers' coaching staff. Gill recruited Dailey to come to Nebraska from St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, N.J.
Dailey was a starting quarterback at both Nebraska and North Carolina during his college playing days. He started for Nebraska as a sophomore, breaking numerous Husker records in 2004, including the first 300-yard passing game in program history.
While at North Carolina, Dailey started at quarterback his junior year in 2006 before transitioning to wide receiver as a senior in 2007.
Jamaal Fobbs ('01/Oklahoma State)
Jamaal Fobbs brings both FCS and FBS coaching experience to Liberty, including coaching stops at Tennessee, North Carolina A&T, Southeastern Louisiana, LSU and most recently Chattanooga.
Fobbs spent the last two seasons at Chattanooga, where he helped the Mocs nearly double their rushing output prior to his arrival. Chattanooga, who had rushed for 85 yards per game in 2009, averaged 148.6 rushing yards per game the past two years and rushed for 35 touchdowns.
Fobbs was a gifted kickoff return specialist at Oklahoma State and rushed for 1,861 yards, scored 14 touchdowns and had 73 career receptions for the Cowboys.
Robert Wimberly (‘02/Alabama A&M)
Robert Wimberly is no stranger to Liberty, as he returns to Liberty Mountain after serving as assistant coach for five seasons (2004-08) for the Flames before joining Gill's staff at Buffalo in 2009 to coach the Bulls' linebackers.
Wimberly went with Gill from Buffalo to Kansas and served as the Jayhawks safeties coach the past two seasons.
Wimberly also worked with Liberty's linebackers during his first five years in Lynchburg, helping Liberty's defense to several notable national finishes. In 2006, the Flames finished the year ranked No. 12 in the country in scoring defense (15.64 points per game) and No. 14 in the same statistical category in 2008 (18.67).
Carl Torbush (‘74/Carson-Newman)
Carl Torbush gives Gill a 30-year coaching veteran on his staff, a span that includes head coaching stops at Louisiana Tech (1987) and North Carolina (1998-2000).
Torbush has also served as defensive coordinator at six different FBS programs, including Mississippi (1983-86), North Carolina (1988-98), Alabama (2001-02), Texas A&M (2003-05), Mississippi State (2009) and Kansas (2010).
While at North Carolina, Torbush's defense led the ACC in 1995, 1996 and 1997 and he was named National Defensive Coordinator of the Year in 1996. As head coach of the Tar Heels, Torbush guided North Carolina to the 1998 Las Vegas Bowl.
During his time at Alabama, Torbush guided the Crimson Tide to a No. 3 final national ranking in 2002 and he was named SEC Assistant Coach of the Year in 2003.
Vantz Singletary (‘90/Kansas State)
Vantz Singletary has worked twice previously under Gill, serving as a defensive line coach at Buffalo in 2008 and linebackers coach at Kansas in 2011.
In between the two coaching stints under Gill, Singletary served as a member of the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff under his uncle and former head coach Mike Singletary.
Singletary has been a part of several conference championship-winning defensive staffs. He helped Buffalo win the Mid-American Conference title in 2008, Hawaii win the WAC title in 1999 and Southern win back-to-back SWAC championships in 1997 and 1998.
Marshall Roberts (‘93/Rutgers)
Marshall Roberts is the second of two remaining coaches from the previous staff and will be returning for his ninth season on Liberty's sidelines.
For the second year in a row, Roberts' defensive focus will revolve around Liberty's cornerbacks, a group that includes two of Liberty's top returning tacklers in Walt Aikens (49 tackles/3 INTs) and Kevin Fogg (45 tackles/3 INTs).
For the past three seasons, Roberts has also served as Liberty's special teams coordinator, where he coaches two-time All-America kicker Matt Bevins (2009 and 2010) and All-America kick return specialist Fogg (2011). This past year, Fogg led all kick return specialists in the country, setting a program record with three kickoff returns for touchdowns.
Mike Minter (‘97/Nebraska)
Nebraska Hall of Fame safety and 10-year NFL veteran player Mike Minter rounds out Gill's coaching staff as the Flames' new special teams coordinator.
Minter was a 1996 All-Big 12 honoree at Nebraska before being selected in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers (56th overall pick). During his decade with the Panthers, Minter finished with 486 career tackles, 11.0 sacks, five forced fumbles and 17 interceptions and helped Carolina to a Super Bowl appearance in 2003.
This past season, Minter served as the assistant head coach and defensive passing game coordinator for Johnson C. Smith.