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.

Wide Receivers
Billy Cosh

Began his duties as VMI's wide receivers coach in June 2018...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.

Outside LB'ers
Jeff Sejour

Takes over outside linebackers responsibilities after working with linebackers at Howard University in 2017, where he 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...previously coached at Bridgewater (Va.) College handling the secondary in 2016 while also serving as head coach of the junior varsity team that season...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...was a two-sport star in football and track at Lafayette College where 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...competed professionally in track for three years...earned a B.S. in Neuroscience at Lafayette in 2006 and was a member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

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.