Aaron Stamn is one of several coaches who has served under Turner Gill in at least two different programs, having also worked under Gill at Buffalo and Kansas.
Stamn serves as Liberty's offensive line coach, the same role he worked in under Gill at Buffalo during the 2009 season. During his six years with the Flames, Stamn served as offensive coordinator from 2012-15 and tight ends and fullbacks coach from 2012-16. Additionally, Stamn has worked with Liberty's kickers since he joined Liberty's staff.
During Stamn's four-year stint as offensive coordinator, Liberty had 23 offensive players selected to 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.
Prior to Liberty's move to the FBS level, Stamn helped Liberty win four Big South titles (2012-14, 2016) and the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA FCS Playoffs in 2014. Liberty 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.
Four 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 with eight. The team captain was named as a Hammer Strength All-American, which is presented by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.
Liberty's offense finished the 2012 season ranked No. 40 in the country in total offense and No. 35 in rushing offense. After finishing No. 53 in the country in scoring offense in 2012, 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.
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. Woodrum signed a free agent contract with the New York Giants following the 2016 NFL Draft and then began training camp with the Indianapolis Colts.
The running game also benefited 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 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).
During his first season with Liberty's offensive line, Stamn's unit helped quarterback Stephen Calvert throw for a school record 3,636 yards and 29 touchdowns. If Liberty was eligible for national rankings, Calvert would have ranked No. 9 in the country in passing yards per game (303.5) and No. 7 in passing touchdowns (Liberty was not eligible due to its FBS transition process).
Stamn helped Liberty kicked off its two-year FBS transition process in grand style when the Flames posted a 48-45 win at Baylor on Sept. 2, 2017. The stunning victory was ranked as the seventh biggest upset in college football over the last 25 years in an article on ESPN.com (Sept. 6, 2017).
CAREER BEFORE LIBERTY
Stamn began his coaching career at his alma mater, serving as a student assistant at Minnesota State — Mankato for two seasons (2000-01).
After graduating, 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 first worked alongside Gill at Nebraska during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. During his two-year stint, 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 later worked under Gill at Buffalo, quickly helping the Bulls gain respect at the FBS level. Stamn was the coordinator of Buffalo's special teams unit during his first three years, and Buffalo blocked seven kicks in 2006 and five more in 2007. Stamn coached the program's single-season and career scoring leader, A.J. Principe, and the Ray Guy award finalist punter, Ben Woods. Stamn also coached Buffalo's offensive line in 2009.
Stamn served as Gill's tight ends coach at Kansas, and during Stamn's first season, 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 named a 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.
During each of his five years at Buffalo and Kansas, Stamn had a tight end make the John Mackey watch list, and nine times had a conference special teams player of the week.
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