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/ILB
Tom Clark

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.

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.

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.

OLB/Special Teams
Mike Saint Germain

Mike will serve as Keydets defensive line coach and Special Teams coach … he 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.

Defensive Backs Coach
Marshall Roberts

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.”

Administrative Assistant
Karen Robinson
Offensive Line Coach
Kyle Jolly

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.”

Defensive Line Coach
Pat Kuntz

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.”

Tight Ends Coach
Chris Moore

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.”

Assistant Football Coach
Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis II has joined the 2019 staff 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.