Aaron Stamn is one of several coaches who have served under head coach Turner Gill with three different programs. Besides his time at Liberty, Stamn also previously worked under Gill at Buffalo (2006-09) and Kansas (2010-11).
Stamn will serve as Liberty's offensive line coach during the 2017 season, the same role he worked in under Gill at Buffalo during the 2009 season. During his five years with the Flames, Stamn served as offensive coordinator from 2012-15 and tight ends and fullbacks coach from 2012-16. Additionally, Stamn works with Liberty's kickers.
Stamn serves as Liberty's tight ends and full backs coach, a role he has held since joining Liberty's staff in 2012, plus he works with Liberty's kickers. From 2012-15, Stamn also served as the program's offensive coordinator.
During Stamn's four-year stint as offensive coordinator, Liberty had 23 offensive players selected to the All-Big South teams (13 first team, 10 second team) and 18 players named to VaSID All-State teams (10 first team, eight second team).
Additionally, two players earned All-America honors for their play on the gridiron during Stamn's tenure as offensive coordinator.
In 2014, wide receiver Darrin Peterson earned All-America honors under Stamn's offensive schemes. Peterson finished the 2015 season ranked No. 1 in program history in career receiving yards (3,170), receptions (215) and receiving touchdowns (27).
He also ranked No. 3 among active FCS players in career receiving yards and No. 4 in career receptions. The native of Gadsden, Ala., finished his career as a three-time All-Big South performer and spent most of the 2015 season on the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Award watch list.
Offensive lineman Jonathan Burgess was named to three All-America teams following the 2015 season. The former walk-on was a second-team STATS FCS and Associated Press All-American and named to the CSN Fabulous Fifth FCS All-America first team.
Stamn's offensive leadership also helped with the development of quarterback Josh Woodrum, who finished his career as the program's all-time leader in passing yards (10,266) and total offensive yards (10,690).
Following the four-year starting quarterback's career, Woodrum was selected to play in the 2016 NLFPA Collegiate Bowl and was one of two Liberty invitees to the NFL Combine, the program's first since 2009.
The run game has also benefitted from Stamn's offensive scheme. Second-team All-Big South running back Desmond Rice had a breakout year in 2013, rushing for 967 yards and 16 touchdowns, the second-highest single-season total by a running back in program history.
First-team All-Big South running back D.J. Abnar was a workhorse for the Flames during their NCAA FCS Playoff run in 2014. He rushed for 1,289 yards, the fourth highest single-season total in program history and missed surpassing the school's all-time rushing attempts total by 11 carries (292). He finished the year one rushing touchdown behind Rice's total in 2013 (15).
Stamn's offensive players also excelled in the classroom with wide receiver Pat Kelly (2011 and 2012) and offensive lineman Mitch Hanson (2013 and 2014) being named to the Capital One Academic All-America teams.
Four of the previously mentioned all-conference and all-state honorees have been tight ends. Brandon Apon was named first team All-Big South and All-VaSID in 2013, while Dexter Herman was a second-team honoree with both organizations in 2014.
Apon capped off his career at Liberty by 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.
Stamn's role of working with Liberty's kickers has also paid dividends, helping John Lunsford and Trey Turner receive conference and national recognition.
Lunsford finished his career as the NCAA's FCS record holder with 12 career field goals of 50 or more yards. The 2014 and 2015 All-American finished second in program history with 294 career points. After his final season, he participated in the 2016 East-West Shrine Bowl game and joined Woodrum as an invitee to the 2016 NFL Combine.
Punter Trey Turner has twice been named to the All-Big South teams, earning second-team honors in 2015 and a first-team selection in 2014.
Since joining Gill's staff in 2012, Stamn has been instrumental in helping Liberty win four Big South titles (2012-14, 2016) and earning the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA FCS Playoffs in 2014.
Liberty also finished the 2014 season ranked No. 17 in the country, the program's highest year-end ranking since 2008. The Flames were 9-5 in 2014, matching the second-highest win total in program history.
Prior to coming to Liberty Mountain, 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 had a tight end 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 Coaching Experience: 2012-present – Liberty (Off. Coord., TE/FB, OL) 2010-11 – Kansas (TE, ST) 2006-09 – Buffalo (TE, ST, OL) 2004-05 – Nebraska (GA - DL) 2002-03 – St. Cloud State (GA – DL, LB) 2000-01 – Minnesota State – Mankato (SA – OL, DB) Recruiting Area: Virginia (Northern Virginia), Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth), Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin Education: B.A., Physical Education (Minnesota State - Mankato, '02) Hometown: Madison, Wis. Wife: Courtney Children: Rylan, Jackson and Cooper