Began his duties as VMI's wide receivers coach in June 2018 and now is our Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach...came to VMI from Indiana, and at IU, he served as an offensive graduate assistant coach and handled varied duties including assisting with the passing game plan, running scout defense and special teams...also worked with Hoosier quarterbacks and wide receivers while also evaluating the quarterback position for recruiting...began his coaching career at Concord University in 2015 where he served as an offensive GA and quarterbacks coach...was involved with the quarterback position development and also recruited the state of Maryland...graduated with a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Houston in 2015 and pursued his master’s in Public Health at Indiana University...played collegiately at Houston (2013-14), Butler Community College (2012), and Kansas State (2011)...led Butler to the NJCCA National Championship throwing for 2,856 yards and 25 touchdowns...broke Maryland state record for single-season passing yardage (3,913), passing touchdowns (56), and completions (292) at Anne Arundel High School...Maryland high school career record holder with 112 passing TD's.
Tom will serve as defensive coordinator/ILB coach … he comes to VMI from William & Mary where he coached Tribe defensive backs for three years (2012-14) and also promoted to special teams coordinator in 2014…coached two All-American defensive backs at William & Mary who made it to the NFL ranks…was also William & Mary defensive coordinator from 2001-2003 and Liberty defensive coordinator for six seasons where the Flames posted a 47-20 mark and claimed four Big South titles and his defenses were ranked in the Top 25 in scoring defense four times…served as Catholic University head coach during two stints (1994-2000) and (2004-05) and was 56-14-1 in his first stint as Catholic head coach and had three consecutive playoff appearances (1997, 98, 99)… a native of Washington, D.C. and earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Maryland in 1986.
Marshall Roberts comes to VMI from Liberty University where he was a senior veteran on Liberty’s coaching staff. Roberts, who served under three Liberty football head coaches, was most recently the Flames defensive backs/corners coach from 2014-2018. In his 15-season tenure at Liberty, he also held the responsibilities of recruiting coordinator (2012-2014) and special teams coordinator (2009-2011).
Roberts helped the Flames win eight Big South titles and secure their first ever NCAA FCS Playoffs win in 2014. In 2017, Liberty transitioned to FBS level and after knocking off Baylor that season for one of the program’s biggest victories, the Flames posted six wins in 2018.
Roberts brings an array of football knowledge from all levels having previously worked with football programs from the NFL, NFL Europe, Canadian Football League, Arena Football League, collegiate, and high school ranks.
A four-year starter at cornerback and punt returner at Rutgers, Roberts finished his collegiate career as the Scarlet Knights’ all-time leader in career punt returns with 1,018 yards and 91 returns, averaging 11.1 yards per return. He later played professionally in the Arena Football League for four seasons and the 1993 season in the CFL for the Sacramento Gold Miners before wrapping up his pro playing career as defensive/return specialist with the Orlando Predators in 1994-95 and Albany Firebirds as a defensive specialist in 1996.
Roberts’ professional coaching stops include the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe in 2002 and as an intern with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the spring of 2002.
“It is exciting for me to be reunited with Coach Marshall Roberts,” said Wachenheim. “Marshall and I coached together for three years at Liberty University. Marshall is a true professional, exceptional teacher and positive role model. VMI is very fortunate to have him leading our secondary.”
Kyle Jolly served one season at Concord as offensive line coach after serving as a graduate assistant coach on offense at Washington for two seasons (2016, 2017) and Old Dominion for three years where he also coached tight ends.
Before entering the coaching profession, Jolly, a 2009 University of North Carolina graduate, spent time in the NFL as a member of the Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers organizations. He was with the Steelers in 2011 when they captured the AFC Championship and appeared in Super Bowl XLV.
As a three-year starter for the Tar Heels, Jolly started 38 consecutive games at left tackle and played against West Virginia University in the 2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jolly was voted team captain for the Tar Heels in 2009 and received All-ACC honorable mention.
“I was very impressed with Kyle Jolly throughout the interview process,” said Wachenheim. “Kyle had an outstanding collegiate career at UNC and learned the tricks of the trade in the NFL. He has paid his dues as a graduate assistant coach. Moreover, Kyle has had the opportunity to be on the road recruiting. Our offensive line will love the positive energy Coach Jolly brings.”
Pat Kuntz, defensive line coach, comes to VMI after serving three years on the Indiana University staff as a defensive graduate assistant working primarily with the defensive line. Kuntz is a four-year letterwinner at Notre Dame (2005-08) and was a three-year starting nose guard for the Fighting Irish. He was named Lineman of the Year in 2007 and 2008 and led the nation in passes broken up by a defensive lineman in 2007. After graduating from Notre Dame with a degree in sociology, Kuntz signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2009.
Kuntz began his coaching career at his high school alma mater at Roncalli High School in Indianapolis where he graduated in 2005 and later served as defensive line coach from 2010-2015 and also was defensive coordinator for the 2015 season.
“Pat Kuntz is a passionate coach who will bring positive energy to our defensive line,” said Wachenheim. “Having played the game at the highest levels, he knows the details and intensity required for productive defensive line play. Beginning his coaching career at the high school level, Pat learned how to be a patient teacher. As a graduate assistant at Indiana University, Coach Kuntz’s work ethic earned the highest praise.”
Chris Moore, tight ends/specialists coach, was the assistant head coach at Indiana Wesleyan for two seasons and was the run game coordinator and helped build the offense into one of the top scoring offenses in the country averaging 39.7 points/game which ranked eighth nationally. He previously served three seasons at Trinity International University (Ill.) as offensive coordinator in 2016 and run game and co-offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Moore also held assistant coach positions at Alderson-Broaddus (WV) from 2010-2013 and also served a brief stint at West Virginia Wesleyan as running backs and tight end coach.
Moore is a Liberty University graduate after playing three seasons on the offensive line at William & Mary. In 2010, Moore was a student assistant with the Liberty University staff working on the defensive side of the ball.
“It is great to bring Coach Chris Moore back to the state of Virginia,” said Wachenheim. “He is an experienced coach who has worked with multiple position groups and has coordinated offenses. He is very familiar with our style of offense having worked with Coach Brian Sheppard at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Alderson Broaddus University.”
Anthony Davis II joined the staff in 2019 and will coach the Keydet running backs. Davis recently served as an offensive assistant at Utah State University and worked with the Aggies wide receivers. Previously, Davis spent two seasons at Western Kentucky first serving on the strength and conditioning staff before working as a graduate assistant coach after lettering for the Hilltoppers in the 2015 season. He first assisted with the WKU wide receivers in 2016 during a season that produced the school’s first-ever pair of 1,000 yard receivers in program history (Taywan Taylor and Nicholas Norris) as WKU captured its second straight Conference USA championship and a third straight bowl game appearance. Davis moved to the defensive side of the ball in 2017 where he worked with the WKU defensive backs and the nickelback position group. His top pupil that season was Ta’Corian Darden, a former walk-on who tallied 71 total tackles on the year which was fourth among all defenders and his 6.5 tackles for loss led all defensive backs and his six pass breakups were second most on the team.
Davis lettered two years collegiately at Indiana in 2013 and 2014 before playing the 2015 season as a graduate transfer at Western Kentucky.
A native of Indianapolis, Davis was a prep star at Warren Central and rushed for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns over a six-game span.
Davis holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs from Indiana and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and a Master of Business Administration from Western Kentucky.
Nick Conte, a former standout punter at the University of Virginia, has joined the staff and will work with the Keydet kickers, punters, and snappers.
Under Conte, the 2019 special teams units played an integral role in helping VMI accomplish the most Southern Conference wins in 40 years and most overall wins since 2003. The kickoff unit finished #1 in the SoCon and #10 nationally giving up only 16.45 yds/return with 13 tackles inside the 20. The kickoff return unit also finished #1 in the SoCon and #6 nationally averaging 24.3 yards/return.
He coached senior punter Reed King, who helped the punt unit climb 61 spots nationally from the 2018 season to achieve a 35.28-yard net, which was a six-yard improvement from 2018. He also gave instruction to sophomore long snapper Robert Soderholm, who earned Hero Sports 1st Team Sophomore All-America honors. His mentorship also helped senior place kicker Grant Clemons earn back to back SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week honors following weeks 6 and 7 for his performances against The Citadel and Samford.
Conte was a two-year starter at punter for Virginia in 2015 and 2016 and led the ACC in punting while earning All-ACC first team honors in 2016 after ranking 17th in the nation. He currently holds the UVA career punting average mark and also ranks third best in ACC history in career punting average.
Conte graduated from UVA with a B.A. in Human Biology and earned UVA and ACC Academic Honor Roll all eight semesters. He later earned a Masters of Higher Education with a focus in Sports Administration at the University of Virginia.
Conte participated in several rookie minicamps on the NFL level including the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and Washington Redskins.
After graduation, Conte also served as a specialist coach at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke and served an internship in private business with Davis. H. Elliott Construction Company.
Kenny Scott joined the VMI football staff in July of 2019 as the cornerbacks coach.
Scott came to the Institute from Macmurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where he had served as defensive backfield coach since last February and ran the position group during the most recent spring practice.
Previously, Scott was defensive backs coach at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, where he helped engineer a program turnaround and helped it to its first winning season in school history. Scott also was in charge of the scout team opponent passing offense and worked on special teams with the punt squad and other units.
He held previous coaching positions as an assistant at Virginia Prep Sports Academy in 2016 and on the high school level Appomattox (Va.) High School in 2015.
Scott is a native of Appomattox and was a three-sport star (football, basketball, track) and Hall of Fame inductee at Appomattox High School before attending Liberty University where he received his B.S. degree in Sport Management. While at Liberty, he was named Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Week in 2013 and also placed in the long jump in both the 2013 Big South indoor and outdoor meets.
Scott Wachenheim enters his fifth season as VMI’s head football coach, and he continues to guide the program with a steady hand in one of the toughest conferences in FCS.
The program continues to build a solid foundation with young personnel, and since his debut season in 2015, Wachenheim has transformed expectations and attitudes within the VMI football program and has shown that sustainable success can be attained with enthusiasm, hard work, resilience and dedication.
Three years ago, the Keydet football program showed such potential in Wachenheim’s second season that the Keydets were significantly more competitive in a Southern Conference that produced four teams that reached the FCS playoffs. Overall, the scoring margin improved from -11.9 in 2015 to -7.3 and the Keydets started the season 3-2 for the first time since 2003 and in the process won back-to-back road games for the first time in 35 years. The three wins also were the most in a season since 2010.
In that same 2016 year, VMI allowed 7.3 points less per game than in 2015 and the fewest opponent points in a season since 2003. The defense also ranked third in opponents third down conversions allowed. VMI was the least penalized team in the conference and improved its turnover margin +12 from a year ago. Nine VMI football players earned postseason awards from the Southern Conference.
A 1984 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and veteran coach with nearly 30 years of experience in the college ranks, Wachenheim came to VMI from the University of Virginia where he had served for five seasons, including being the Cavaliers offensive line coach since 2011. Prior to his tenure in Charlottesville, Wachenheim was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Liberty University for three seasons (2006-08).
While at Virginia, Wachenheim helped the Cavalier offense in 2011 amass the most rushing yards (2,107) in seven seasons and his offensive unit finished the year ranked no. 24 in the nation in fewest sacks allowed per game (1.23) as UVa advanced to the Chick fil-A Bowl. In 2012, the Cavalier offense passed for over 3,000 yards for the third consecutive season - the first time that had ever been accomplished in school history. Four starters from his 2011 offensive line unit at UVA were on 2014 Opening Day NFL rosters. In 2013, the offensive line paved the way for UVa’s Kevin Parks, the school’s first 1,000 yard rusher since 2004.
At Liberty, Wachenheim helped the Flames attain a 10-2 record in 2008 and a second straight Big South Conference championship while averaging 33.7 points and 446.7 yards per game. The offensive unit ranked ninth nationally in the Football Championship Subdivision and led the Big South Conference in total offense for the second consecutive season as they averaged 429.6 yards a game and 42.6 points per contest in 2007.
Wachenheim also spent the 2009 season in the NFL ranks as the tight ends coach with the Washington Redskins and helped with the development of tight end Fred Davis who had 48 catches for 509 yards and six touchdowns while filling in for All-Pro Chris Cooley who sustained a season-ending injury.
Prior to his tenure at Liberty, Wachenheim spent 12 seasons (1994-2005) on the staff of Ken Hatfield at Rice University and served the last five seasons as the Owls offensive coordinator. Wachenheim helped Rice build a dominant ball-control offensive attack and in 2004, the Owls led the nation in rushing offense (306.5 yards per game) after gaining a school record 3,800 yards the previous season which ranked second in the country. In 2001, Rice broke the school single season record for points and total offense (4,846 yards).
Wachenheim also served as recruiting coordinator and coached offensive tackles and tight ends coach at Utah State from 1992-93 and was part of the 1993 Big West Championship staff that claimed the Las Vegas Bowl.
Wachenheim graduated from the Air Force Academy with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and was a four-year starter from 1980-83. He earned first team All-WAC and honorable mention All-America honors his senior year. The 1983 Falcons posted a 10-2 record and were ranked second in rushing offense and attained a 13th team ranking overall.
Wachenheim began his coaching career at Air Force in 1984 when he served as offensive coordinator of the Air Force Academy junior varsity squad before embarking on his active duty commitment.
After serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, Wachenheim returned to the college coaching ranks at Arkansas in 1989 and spent two years on the Razorback staff that won a Southwest Conference Championship and Cotton Bowl title. Wachenheim earned his master’s degree in athletic administration at Arkansas in 1991. He later served one season at Colorado under head coach Bill McCartney and helped the Buffaloes win the Big 8 title and a Blockbuster Bowl bid.