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Trio of Flames' Assistants Take New Positions

February 7, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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(left to right) Scott Wachenheim, Chad Wilt and Robert Wimberly have each taken new coaching positions recently with NFL or NCAA FBS program.

(left to right) Scott Wachenheim, Chad Wilt and Robert Wimberly have each taken new coaching positions recently with NFL or NCAA FBS program.

Evidence of the continued advancement of the football program, Liberty Head Coach Danny Rocco has announced that assistant coaches Scott Wachenheim, Chad Wilt and Robert Wimberly have recently taken coaching positions at NFL and NCAA FBS programs.

"As our football program continues to enjoy success, we aspire to gain recognition, not only for our University but also for our players and coaches," said Rocco. "This past month, Rashad Jennings was chosen to participate in the Senior Bowl, serving as a prime example to our program's heightened recognition."

"Today, I am announcing that several of our assistant coaches have attained similar acknowledgement and have been rewarded with career opportunities.

"Scott Wachenheim has accepted a position with the Washington Redskins, serving as their tight ends coach. Chad Wilt has accepted a position as defensive line coach at Virginia and Robert Wimberly has been named the new linebackers coach at Buffalo.

"These three men have been outstanding coaches to work with and solid representatives of our University. They have each made a significant impact on our program and with our student-athletes. They have demonstrated great loyalty and we wish them the very best with their newest appointments."

Taking the position with Washington allowed Wachenheim to be reunited with Jim Zorn, who just recently completed his first year as the Redskins' head coach. Zorn and Wachenheim served on the same staff at Utah State for two years (1992-93). Zorn was the Aggies' offensive coordinator, while Wachenheim oversaw Utah State's offensive tackles and tight ends.

Wachenheim has served as the Flames' offensive coordinator for the past three years, helping guided Liberty to several unprecedented years. In 2007, Liberty ranked No. 3 nationally in scoring offense, helping the Flames set a new program standard (42.6 points per game).

This past season, Wachenheim's offense was rated among the nation's best again, as Liberty ranked No. 9 nationally in total offense (446.67 yards per game), helping the Flames to a 10-2 overall record and their second straight Big South title.

Wilt returns to familiar stomping grounds as the Upland, Ind., native made his connection with Rocco when both served on the staff at Virginia. After spending three seasons at Central Connecticut State, Wilt took a graduate assistant defensive backs position at Virginia for two years (2004-04), under the tutelage of Rocco as defensive coordinator.

Wilt was instrumental in ramping up Liberty's special teams unit, making it a formidable component of Liberty's winning ways since Rocco took over the program.

Wilt has coached two special teams All-Americans at Liberty in return specialist Dominic Bolden and long snapper Dan Pope.

In 2007, Liberty ranked No. 2 nationally in average kickoff return yards (32.0), while Wynton Jackson ranked No. 10 individually in punt return average (13.4). This past season, Bolden bested Jackson' mark and ranked third in the nation by averaging 18.1 yards per punt return.

In 2006, Wilt and Wimberly both coached defensive positions that aided in Liberty setting eight defensive program records, en route to the Flames posting the nation's best turnaround during Rocco's first year on Liberty Mountain.

At year's end, the Flames set new program standards in fewest points allowed (172), fewest rushing yards (1,433), shutouts (3) and fewest averaged total offensive yards allowed (306.0), while ranking No. 12 nationally in scoring defense (15.64 points per game).

Wimberly will be joining Turner Gill's coaching staff at Buffalo, who is coming off an 8-6 season that was highlighted by a stunning road victory over No. 12 Ball State and an appearance in the International Bowl where they faced Big East foe Connecticut.

Wimberly played a key role in helping implement Rocco's new 3-4 defensive scheme in 2006, evident by Liberty being led in tackles by a linebacker in each of the five years the Miami, Fla., native has been with the Flames' program.

He has coached seven Big South all-conference award winners since coming to Liberty, including first-team honoree Vince Redd in 2007, who just recently completed his first year as a member of the New England Patriots.