Staff
Head Coach
Scott Wachenheim

Scott Wachenheim was named VMI's newest head football coach on Dec. 14, 2014.

A 1984 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and veteran coach with over 25 years of experience in the college ranks, Wachenheim comes to VMI from the University of Virginia where he has served the past five seasons and as 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).

On naming Wachenheim to the post, Diles stated, “VMI football is a historically important program, and the search began focused on getting three things right. First, we needed a coach with great leadership attributes and skills. Second, given the uniqueness of the Institute, and the learning curve of working within our system, we needed someone with high intelligence and the vision to utilize our systems as assets; and, finally, finding someone who understands and respects the varied experiences of cadet athletes was paramount. In Scott Wachenheim, we have found all of these things.”

“It’s an honor to be selected to lead the VMI football program,” said Wachenheim. “The Institute’s mission so closely reflects the goals and values instilled in me from the United States Air Force Academy.”

"His experience as a cadet and as a football player at the U.S. Air Force Academy, his impressive breadth of coaching assignments at great schools with winning programs across the country, and his leadership ability lend great optimism for the future of VMI football,” said VMI Superintendent General J.H. Binford Peay III.

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 was elevated by then Liberty head coach Danny Rocco to assistant head coach prior to the 2007 season. Wachenheim also helped develop three-year starting running back Rashad Jennings – a consensus All-America selection and Walter Payton Award finalist who rushed for a Big South record 3,633 career yards, 633 attempts, and 42 touchdowns. Jennings was a seventh-round selection by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2009 NFL draft. Wachenheim also recruited and coached Flames offensive standout and two-time Big South offensive player of the year Mike Brown.

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.

Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
Tom Clark

Will handle VMI defensive backs and serve as defensive coordinator…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.

Defensive Line
Seth Payne

Payne will mentor the VMI defensive line after serving as assistant defensive line coach at Wake Forest for three seasons (2015-17). At Wake Forest, Payne’s duties focused on Drop lineman and he was also responsible for the organization and execution of the offensive scout team. Payne spent the 2014 season at Villanova as a defensive assistant and also served three seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Moravian, working with the defensive line and linebackers. Payne was a four-year member of the Moravian football team from 2008-11 and was a two-time All-Centennial Conference team selection and served as team captain in 2011.

Wide Receivers
Ross Metheny

Coach Metheny comes to VMI from South Alabama where he served as a graduate assistant football coach handling the tight ends position group…spent two seasons at Kansas State (2015, 2016) as a graduate assistant under the legendary Bill Snyder where he worked primarily with the defense assisting defensive backs…was also responsible for Wildcat personnel changes during the game and assisted in recruit evaluation…after interning with the South Alabama football operations and coaching staff, he also served the 2014 season on the offensive staff working with tight ends and focused on quarterbacks in bowl preparation that year…played collegiately at Virginia where he received his B.A. in Sociology in July 2012 before transferring to South Alabama where he was a starting quarterback as a graduate transfer for two seasons and served as team captain in 2013…was named second team All-Sun Belt Conference in 2013 after leading the league in total offense that season…named South Alabama Male Athlete of the Year in 2013…was a three-time Athletic Honor Roll honoree at Virginia…earned his Masters of Education in Educational Leadership at South Alabama in May, 2014 and attained a graduate certificate in Academic Advising at Kansas State in 2016.

Runningbacks
Albert Reid

Reid will coach Keydet running backs after serving as a graduate assistant coach at Virginia on Coach Bronco Mendenhall’s staff working with the defense. Reid played at both Maryland and Virginia and finished his college career with 1,287 combined rushing yards logged between Maryland (2012-14) and Virginia (2015-16). In 2016, he led the UVA with six rushing touchdowns. A native of Washington, D.C, Reid is a 2015 graduate of Maryland with a degree in criminology and criminal justice and earned his master’s degree in educational psychology at UVA.

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Brian Sheppard

Sheppard begins offensive coordinator duties after serving in the same capacity at Northern Arizona University in 2017. He helped lead the Lumberjack offense to a 2017 FCS playoff berth and mentored NAU quarterback Case Cookus who threw for 3,413 yards and 22 touchdowns while the offense averaged 30.2 points per game. Sheppard also served as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Indiana State from 2013 through 2016 and was also named assistant head coach for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He helped turn around a team that went 1-11 in 2013 to an 8-6 mark in 2014 and aided the Sycamores program in attaining its first playoff appearance and win in over 30 years. Sheppard’s coaching resume also includes stops at Willamette University, Alderson-Broaddus, West Virginia Wesleyan, UCLA, New Mexico State, and Tulsa. Sheppard played quarterback at Saddleback Junior College (Calif.), Southeastern Louisiana University, and Baker University (Kansas) where he graduated in 2006.

OLB/External Recruiting Coordinator
Mike Saint Germain

Will serve as Keydets defensive line coach and external recruiting coordinator…comes to VMI after serving at his alma mater of Lafayette College as a defensive assistant…served two years on the Virginia football staff (2012-13) as an offensive assistant with Coach Wachenheim…in 2013, Saint Germain coached the UVa fullbacks and assisted with special teams and offensive line…worked with the Cavalier offensive line and tight ends in 2012…coached three years at Franklin & Marshall on the defensive line and helped the Diplomats achieve winning seasons in 2009 and 2010….two-time All-Patriot League offensive line at Lafayette and named AP and Football Gazette third team All-American…graduated from Lafayette College in 2007 with a degree in history…played for Austin Wranglers in the Arena 2 Football League.

Camp Director
Karen Robinson
Outside Linebackers
Jeff Sejour

Sejour takes over outside linebackers responsibilities after working with linebackers at Howard University in 2017 and was part of a staff that turned a 2-9 record the previous year into a 7-4 mark and second place finish in the MEAC in 2017. Sejour previously coached at Bridgewater (Va.) College handling the secondary in 2016 while also serving as head coach of the junior varsity team that season. Sejour also has a wealth of high school coaching experience in Northern Virginia coaching football, track, and basketball in tenures at Fairfax, T.C. Williams, and James Madison High Schools. Sejour was a two-sport star in football and track at Lafayette College where he played on two Patriot League championship football teams as a defensive back and was a team captain and triple jump conference champion for the Leopard track program. He also competed professionally in track for three years. Sejour earned a B.S. in Neuroscience at Lafayette in 2006 and was a member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

Offensive Line Coach
Mike Cummings

Mike Cummings begins his first season on the VMI coaching staff and will handle the offensive line.

A veteran with 30 years of college football coaching experience, Cummings comes to the Institute where he spent the past three seasons at the University of Connecticut coaching the offensive line and was offensive coordinator during part of that tenure.

Cummings helped lead UConn to an appearance in the 2015 St. Petersburg Bowl – the fourth postseason game of his coaching career.

Prior to joining the UConn staff, Cummings was the offensive coordinator at Central Michigan from 2010-13. During Cummings’ tenure at CMU, the school boasted one of the Mid-American Conference’s top offenses.

Cummings served as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Marshall from 2005 09. At least one Marshall offensive lineman earned All- Conference USA honors in each of his five seasons. Prior to Marshall, Cummings was the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Western Michigan for three seasons.

Cummings’ career also includes stops at Eastern Michigan (defensive line/ special teams/recruiting coordinator, 2000-01), Michigan State (tight ends/ special teams, 1998), Millersville (offensive line, 1990-91) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (offensive line, 1987).

Cummings earned three varsity letters in football at Buffalo. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and exercise science from Buffalo in 1984 and his master’s degree in athletics administration from CMU in 1990.

Cornerbacks
Tarron Williams

A four-year starter at Gardner-Webb who competed against the Keydets when VMI was a member of the Big South Conference, Williams comes to the Institute after serving the past two seasons at James Madison University working with defensive quality control. Williams assisted with the development of the Dukes safeties as JMU captured the FCS championship in 2016 and reached the FCS championship game in 2017. Williams also coached two years (2011-12) at Lenoir-Rhyne as a graduate assistant coach where he was assistant secondary coach for two SAC Championship teams under coach Mike Houston. After earning an M.A. in Community Counseling with School Licensure at Lenior Rhyne in 2012, Williams moved to private business where he was a district manager for Pepsico (Frito-Lay Division) for three years in the North Carolina Triad area.