Scott Wachenheim -- Head Football Coach, Virginia Military Institute Keydets
(as of football season 2015) Scott
Wachenheim was named the head football coach at VMI on December 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 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).
Wachenheim was elevated to assistant head coach prior to the 2007 season at Liberty.
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.
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.
Brian Walker -- Assistant
Baseball Coach, Wichita State University Schockers
(as of baseball season 2015) Brian Walker was named an assistant coach for
the Wichita State baseball team on June 28, 2013.
Walker just finished his third season on the Arkansas coaching staff and his second season as the volunteer assistant. He spent five seasons with Butler at Arkansas. His responsibilities at WSU will include recruiting, hitting, catching, assisting with pitching and coaching third base.
During his three years at Arkansas, Walker helped the Razorbacks to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a College World Series appearance in 2012. The Razorbacks also entered the 2013 season as the number one team in the country.
As a coach, he organized hitting schools and developed summer, winter and spring camps, served as either the first base or third base coach, was the catching coach and assisted Butler with hitting.
Walker joined the Arkansas coaching staff after spending four years in the Anaheim Angels minor league system. Walker closed the 2010 season with the Angels’ triple-A squad, Salt Lake City. In six games with Salt Lake City, he hit .300 with six RBI.
A three-year letterwinner at Arkansas (2005-07), Walker played in 164 games, including 145 starts, and hit .260 with 26 home runs and 98 RBI. Walker was stellar in the field for the Razorbacks, committing just five errors over his three-year career for a .996 fielding percentage. During his career, he played in three SEC Tournaments and three NCAA Tournaments and earned all-regional honors in 2005 and 2007. He also served as team captain in 2006 and 2007. He was drafted in the 29th round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Anaheim Angels.
A native of Tulsa, Okla., and a graduate of Tulsa Union High School, Walker graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2010 with a degree in kinesiology.
Darrell Walker -- Assistant
Basketball Coach, New York Knicks
(as of basketball season 2013-14) Darrell Walker was hired as an
assistant coach with the New York Knicks on March 17, 2012.
He was with the Detroit Pistons from June 24, 2008 to the end of the 2010-11 season. Prior to Detroit he spent four years (2004-08) with the New Orleans Hornets.
Walker's coaching career began when he served as an assistant during the Toronto Raptors' 1995-96 expansion season. He was promoted to head coach the day after the end of the regular season and led the Raptors to a 30-52 mark in 1996-97. Walker resigned as head coach of the team on Feb. 13, 1998 with an overall record of 41-90 (.313).
In the 1999-00 season, Walker served as head coach of three different franchises. He began the season on the sidelines with the Rockford Lightning of the Continental Basketball Association before being named as the interim head coach of the Washington Wizards on Jan. 29. He guided the Wizards to a 15-23 record after taking over and was named the team's director of player personnel in May. On July 14, Walker stepped in once again as an interim head coach, this time with the WNBA's Washington Mystics (5-9). He remained in Washington as director of player personnel for the Wizards in 2000-01, was head scout and special assistant in 2001-02 and a scout the two seasons before he joined the Hornets.
Walker averaged 8.9 points, 4.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.51 steals in 720 NBA games during his 10-year playing career. He was drafted out of Arkansas by the New York Knicks in the first round (12th overall) of the 1983 NBA Draft.
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Mary Wallace -- Assistant Athletic Director / Senior Woman Administrator, Eastern Illinois University Panthers
(as of 2012-13 school year) Mary Wallace,
former assistant coach at Arkansas, Central Michigan, Rice and Illinois State, was the head women's track
coach at EIU from 2002-2008. She became an Assistant Athletic Director at EIU in 2008.
Wallace had been the assistant men's and women's coach at Illinois State (1997-2002) for six years before the move to EIU. Prior to that she was the assistant women's coach at both Central Michigan (1995-96), Arkansas (1991-94) and Rice (1990).
While she was at ISU, the Redbirds placed 12th at the 1999 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship and won seven Missouri Valley Conference indoor and outdoor titles.
Wallace coached six All-Americans, two Olympic Trial qualifiers, 27 MVC champions and five MVC 'Athletes of the Year' in field events.
At CMU, where she was primarily responsible for all field events plus the heptathlon, she coached two Mid-American Conference heptathlon champions and the '96 MAC indoor high jump champ.
The 1993 Arkansas women's team placed eighth in the NCAA Indoor Championship during her tenure there as the assistant in charge of throwing events.
A 1989 graduate of Rice, Wallace lettered four years for the Owls earning All-Southwest Conference honors in 1988 and 1989. She also was listed on the President's Honor Roll for 1987 and 1988.
Matt Wannebo -- Safeties Coach, Jacksonville State Gamecocks
(as of football season 2012) One
of the most experienced coaches on the staff, Matt Wannebo enters his fifth season ('04)
leading the Gamecock defensive backs.
Wannebo has been coaching in the college ranks for more than 20 years.
A former quarterback from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. (1977-81), Wannebo earned his Master's Degree in Education from Auburn. His coaching ventures have included some prominent Division I programs, including Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas and Minnesota. Prior to joining the Gamecocks in 2000, Wannebo coached the secondary at Auburn.
Wannebo is a native of Minnesota and a 1977 graduate of Cooper High School.
1983-86 Auburn University (Graduate Assistant)
1986-88 Minnesota (Graduate Assistant)
1988-90 Clemson University (Graduate Assistant)
1990-92 University of Arkansas (Graduate Assistant)
1992-96 University of Alabama (Operations)
1996-98 Auburn University (Operations/Secondary)
2000-P Jacksonville State University (Defensive Backs)
Lorenzo Ward -- Defensive Coordinator, University of South Carolina Gamecocks
(as of football season 2014) Lorenzo
Ward was named defensive coordinator / safeties coach at the University of South
Carolina on January 12, 2009.
Ward came to South Carolina after spending one season ('08) as the secondary coach on Bobby Petrino's staff at Arkansas. He was on Art Shell's staff with the NFL's Oakland Raiders in 2006.
A former player at Alabama, Ward coached the secondary under Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech for seven seasons from 1999-2005, with five of his players earning All-Big East honors and one making the All-Atlantic Coach Conference squad. Virginia Tech led the nation in total defense, was third in pass defense and second in pass efficiency defense in 2005. The 2004 Hokie defense ranked fourth in the nation in both pass defense and interceptions. In 2002, the Hokies led the nation with 24 interceptions. The 2001 defense was No. 2 in the nation in total defense while the 2000 unit was No. 3 in interceptions. The 1999 defense was No. 3 in total defense and No. 7 in pass efficiency defense.
From 1994-99, Ward was an assistant at Tennessee-Chattanooga, including a two-year stint (1998-99) as defensive coordinator and defensive backfield coach. He coached the defensive backs from 1994-96 and the running backs in 1997. He also coached kickoff coverage and the punt team.
Ward played at Alabama from 1986-89, helping the Crimson Tide go 33-15 with an SEC title in 1989. The Sporting News named him Special Teams Player of the Year in 1990 as Alabama's unit was ranked No. 1 in the nation. Ward and Alabama played in the 1986 Sun Bowl, 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl, 1988 Sun Bowl and 1990 Sugar Bowl.
He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under the tutelage of Ellis Johnson at Alabama in 1991, working with the defensive backs, before going to Newnan (Ga.) High School as an assistant in 1992, where he also coached the track team. He returned to Alabama as a graduate assistant in the fall of 1993, working with the outside linebackers, before going to Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Peter Ward -- Head Men's & Women's Swimming Coach, George Mason University Patriots
(as of 2012-13 school year) Head coach Peter Ward was hired at George
Mason in 1998 to build and develop the Patriots swimming and diving program, which was
preparing for its debut during the 1999-2000 season, and his time and effort are paying
off after six seasons.
The 2004-05 season followed suit to the foundation Ward has laid at Mason as the season was successful for both the women's and men's teams. Each squad recorded a flawless conference dual meet record of 7-0 during the 2004-05 campaign, while the women concluded the year with an 8-2 overall record and the men headed into the CAA Championships with an 8-1 overall mark. The Patriot women won its fourth-straight league title, while the men's team mirrored its effort from the previous season as Mason earned a second place finish. In addition, Ward was named CAA co-Men's Coach of the Year for the second time in his career while at Mason.
At the close of the 2002-03 season, Ward received CAA co-Women's Coach of the Year honors, along with CAA Men's Coach of the Year honors and also earned conference coach of the year on the women's side the previous year.
Before arriving at Mason, Ward was the swimming head coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). In three seasons there, he compiled a 30-2 women's record - including back-to-back undefeated seasons in 1995-96 (9-0) and 1996-97 (8-0) - and a 20-10 mark with the men.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Ward began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, the University of Arkansas. He worked as the assistant swim coach from 1991-95, and he was responsible for the distance and middle-distance swimmers. During his time there, three Razorback swimmers he coached won conference championships.
As a competitive athlete, Ward was a four-year letterwinner for Arkansas and the 1986-87 Razorback team captain, but his success wasn't limited to just the collegiate ranks.
A world-class swimmer, Ward was a member of the Canadian National Swimming Team from 1979-88. He placed seventh in the 200 butterfly at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles and was a silver medalist at the 1987 Pan American Games. He held the Canadian national record in the 200-meter butterfly from 1981-84 and was the Canadian champion in that event in 1981, 1984 and 1986.
Jeremiah Washburn -- Offensive Line Coach, Detroit Lions
(as of football season 2014) Jeremiah was hired as an assistant offensive line coach for the Detroit Lions on May 2, 2009 and was promoted to offensive line coach in January 2013. He joined the Lions after six seasons working in the player personnel department for the Baltimore Ravens. The past four seasons were spent as the Ravens' area scout for the Southwest. Washburn entered the NFL as a football operations assistant with the Carolina Panthers in 2002. He lettered at Arkansas from 1997-1999.
Jim Washburn -- Defensive Line Coach, Detroit Lions
(as of football season 2014) Jim Washburn joined the Detroit Lions staff after the 2012 season. He spent the previous two seasons (11-12) on the Philadalphia Eagles staff. Washburn had spent the previous 12 seasons as the defensive line coach of the Tennessee Titans. Since joining that post in 1999, the Titans ranked 7th in the NFL in sacks (474), while ranking 5th against the run, limiting opponents to just 102.9 rushing yards per game during that span. Washburn spent 1998 as the defensive line coach at the University of Houston. Washburn joined Houston after four seasons as the defensive line coach at the University of Arkansas from 1994-97. A 25-year coaching veteran, Washburn went to Arkansas after coaching the Charlotte Rage of Arena Football in 1993. He also served as defensive coordinator for the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football in 1992 after a year as their defensive line coach in 1991. Washburn held dual roles as head coach and defensive coordinator of the Charlotte Barons, leading the team to a national championship. Before entering the professional coaching ranks, Washburn was the defensive line coach at Purdue in 1989, at South Carolina from 1983-88 and at New Mexico from 1980-82. He began his coaching career as the strength and defensive line coach at Southern Methodist University in 1976. He then spent two seasons (1977-78) as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Lees McRae Junior College before moving to Livingston University as defensive coordinator in 1979.
Kelley Waters -- Director of
Player Development / Team Manager, University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane
(as of basketball season 2012-13) Kelley Waters was named director of
player development/team manager at the University of Tulsa on July 11, 2012.
Waters came to Tulsa following six years as assistant girls' basketball coach at Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, AR. During her tenure, the varsity team compiled a six-year record of 164-36, made six state tournament appearances, won three regional championships, three conference titles and two Class 4A state championships in 2009 and 2011.
Before that, Waters spent four seasons (2001-05) as the Director of Basketball Operations for the University of Arkansas women's basketball program. The Lady Razorbacks made two NCAA Tournament appearances (2002, 2003) and one NIT appearance (2001) during her tenure.
In 1997, Waters began a two-year graduate assistantship with the Hardin-Simmons University women's basketball program.
Waters has also held positions in television, Fayetteville (Ark.) Public Schools and as a communications intern with the LPGA and communications coordinator with the Northern Texas Section of the Professional Golfers' Association of America.
A 1993 graduate of TCU, Waters earned her bachelor's degree in television production with a minor in art. She received her master's degree in sports & recreation management from Hardin-Simmons in 1999.
-- Assistant Track & Field /Cross Country Coach, Roanoke
(as of track & field season 2013-14) Chatherine
White joined the Roanoke College cross country and track and field program prior to the
White is a former standout from Northside High School, where she won 15 state titles. Catherine first enrolled at the University of Arkansas where she was named SEC Outdoor Runner of the Year in 2009, three time SEC Champion (2x oudoor, 1x Cross Country), and was the only runner to win two titles at the 2009 SEC Championships. At Arkansas, White was also an All-American in both indoor and outdoor track.
After two years, she transferred to the University of Virginia where she won several ACC titles and was a five-time All American. Twice she won the ACC Championship in the 10000m run, and posted the second best time in UVA history in the 10000m. White has personal bests of 4:42 in the mile, 16:04 for 5000 and 33:07 for 10,000 meters.
Kyle White -- Assistant Track & Field Coach (Sprints, Hurdles and High Jump), Stanford University Cardinal
(as of track & field season 2010-11) Kyle White was hired as the new Stanford assistant coach working with
the sprinters, short hurdlers and high jumpers on September 12, 2008.
White comes to Stanford from the University of Arkansas where he spent the last two years as an assistant coach under legendary Razorbacks head coach, John McDonnell.
Last season White coached J-Mee Samuels to third place finishes in both the 60 and 200 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Samuels finished the season ranked second and fourth in those events on Arkansas' All-Time List.
White, a native of Arlington, Texas, has 14 years of Division I coaching experience and spent seven seasons as an assistant under head coach John Sauerhage at Texas-Arlington. During his time coaching the Mavericks' sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and relays, White's athletes earned 106 individual Southland Conference titles. He was also a member of eight men's and women's Southland Conference team championships.
Prior to his arrival in Arlington, White spent time as an assistant coach at Bucknell (1995-97), where he coached 14 Patriot League champions and was a member of four Patriot League team championships, and at East Tennessee State (1992-95), where he coached two Southern Conference champions and was a member of two Southern Conference team championships, under legendary head coach Dave Walker.
White competed on the collegiate level for the University of Arkansas (1986-89) and earned three All-Southwest Conference accolades. During his tenure with the Arkansas track and field program, the squad won two NCAA titles and five SWC championships.
Corliss Williamson -- Assistant Basketball Coach, Sacramento Kings
(as of basketball season 2013-14) Corliss Williamson, a former NCAA All-American at Arkansas and an NBA champion with the Detroit
Pistons, was named an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings on August 2, 2013. He
spent the previous three seasons (10-13) as head coach at Central Arkansas.
Williamson, a Russellville native, coached the previous three seasons at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, the last year as head coach. Prior to that, Williamson played 12 years in the National Basketball Association, helping the Pistons to the NBA championship in 2004.
Williamson was a high school legend in Arkansas playing for the Russellville Cyclones and the Arkansas Wings AAU team. He was the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 1991 and 1992 before signing with the University of Arkansas. During his highly decorated career at Arkansas, Williamson was a two-time SEC Player of the Year and was the Most Outstanding Player of the 1994 NCAA Final Four.
Williamson was a lottery pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 1995 NBA Draft.
Williamson is one of only a handful of basketball players to win both an NCAA Championship and an NBA Championship. That list includes Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Havlicek and Isaiah Thomas.
Richard Wilson -- Head Coach, Arkansas Baptist College Buffaloes
(as of football season 2014) Richard Wilson was named head
football coach at Arkansas Baptist on April 30, 2007 after two seasons (05-06) as
the head coach at Minneapolis (MN) North High School. Minneapolis North went 4-5 in
Before moving back to the high school ranks, Wilson spent four seasons (01-04) as wide receivers coach at the University of Minnesota. Prior to arriving in Minneapolis, Wilson spent six seasons as the wide receivers coach at Oklahoma State University.
Following the 2003 season, Wilson was recognized for his work off the field when he was the recipient of the first annual ACSS (Academic Counseling and Student Services) Partnership Award. The award is given for outstanding commitment to student- athletes above and beyond their role as coach.
Wilson joined the Oklahoma State staff in 1995 and spent six seasons coaching the OSU receivers and two years (1999-2000) as the passing game coordinator under head coach Bob Simmons.
Prior to his stint at Oklahoma State, Wilson was assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Eastern Michigan (1993-94). While at EMU, he coached former Detroit Lions starting quarterback Charlie Batch. He was also the wide receivers coach at Clemson (1990-92) and Arkansas (1989-90).
Wilson also has served at The Citadel (1987-88) and at Missouri (1984-86), where his collegiate coaching career began as a graduate assistant.
Wilson began coaching at El Dorado High School in Arkansas before moving on to Jacksonville High School.
During his playing days, Wilson lettered at both Arkansas and Central Arkansas. Arkansas won the Southwest Conference championship in 1979 and 1980 and earned a bid to the Sugar and Hall of Fame Bowls while Wilson was in Fayetteville. He acquired plenty of big-game experience during his collegiate playing career. He was privileged to compete for the national title at two different levels. In 1976 at Central Arkansas, his team played Texas A&I for the NAIA title, while his 1979 Arkansas team played for the national championship against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Dennis Winston -- Defensive Line Coach, Eastern Illinois University Panthers
(as of football season 2014) Dennis “Dirt” Winston
enters his first season ('14) as an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois on head
coach Kim Dameron’s staff. Winston will coach the defensive line.
Winston brings a wealth of experience as both a coach and player at the collegiate and professional level. Winston played ten seasons in the National Football League for both the Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints. He was a starter for the Steelers 1978 and 1979 Super Bowl Championship teams and was the Saints MVP for the 1982 season.
Following his professional career Winston began his coaching career at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Over the last 25 years he has coached at all levels of the NCAA and had a three-year stint as an assistant coach in the Canadian Football League.
Most recently Winston served as the defensive coordinator at Grambling State where he finished the 2013 season as the interim head coach. It was his third stint as an assistant coach at Grambling after coaching the linebackers and serving as defensive coordinator for the 1992-94 seasons and 1995-97 seasons. During the 1992 season he helped coach Grambling to the Black College National Championship with a 10-2 record.
Winston was the defensive line and linebackers coach at Toledo during the Rockets successful run in the Mid-American Conference. From 2001-04, Toledo won 36 games with two MAC Championships and three appearances in the Motor City Bowl.
He then moved on to coach with the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League from 2005-07. As a defensive line coach he helped the team win one Grey Cup and one West Division Championship.
Winston has additional coaching stops at Slippery Rock (1989), Arkansas State (1990-91), Norfolk State (1994), Arkansas (1997), Kentucky State (2000), Mississippi Valley State (2007-10) and Arkansas Pine-Bluff (2010-13).
Winston played linebacker at Arkansas from 1973-77 where he helped the Razorbacks win the 1975 Southwest Conference Championship and Cotton Bowl. He earned his degree from Arkansas in 1989 following his professional playing career. Winston earned a master’s degree from Grambling in 1994. He was selected in the fifth round of the 1977 NFL Draft.
Roy Wittke -- Director of Football Operations, Bowling
Green State University Falcons
(as of football season 2014) Roy Wittke begins his first season
as Director of Football Operations at Bowling Green State University in 2014.
Wittke comes to Northwest Ohio following 19 seasons at Eastern Illinois. He spent
the past two seasons as Director of Football Operations at EIU under Babers.
Prior to being named Director of Football Operations, Wittke served as the offensive coordinator for EIU in two different stints under head coach Bob Spoo.
Wittke rejoined the Panthers football program on May 1, 2008 as the offensive coordinator, a position he previously served in from 1990-2002.
Following the loss of two senior quarterbacks from 2009 and the loss of two senior running backs to open the season, Wittke helped coach freshman quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as he earned All-OVC Newcomer honors. Garoppolo would have ranked third in the OVC in passing yards but did not appear in enough games. In 2010 Garoppolo continued to develop as he moved into the EIU career and single season passing lists in several categories.
EIU's 2009 offense featured a more balanced offensive attack as quarterback Jake Christensen and running back Mon Williams were both second team All-OVC selections. The Panthers scored 19 touchdowns through the air and another 11 on the ground.
In 2008 the Panthers offense produced a 1,000 rusher for the fifth straight season as Travorus Bess climbed into the career Top 15 on the Panthers charts.
Wittke returned to EIU following his most recent stint at Northern Illinois during the 2007 season where he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Wittke is best known for helping to develop current Dallas Cowboys signal caller Tony Romo as the Panthers offensive coordinator from 1990-2002. During that time frame EIU posted 82 wins, made five FCS playoff appearances and was capped off by Romo earning the 2002 Walter Payton Award. He was named the AFCA Division I-AA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2002 as the Panthers offensive unit ranked fourth in the nation in scoring (35.3 ppg) and fifth in total offense (452.6 yards/game).
During his first stop at EIU, Wittke coached 14 players who earned offensive All-American honors and numerous all-conference selections in both the Ohio Valley Conference and Gateway Football Conference. Three of his offensive units rank among the top five at EIU for total offense and scoring in a season.
Following the 2002 season, Wittke worked as the offensive coordinator at the University of Arkansas from 2003-05 and one season at both Arizona State University (2006) and Northern Illinois (2007). Wittke coached in both the 2003 Independence Bowl with Arkansas and the 2006 Hawai'i Bowl with Arizona State.
He has also had stints at his alma mater Wisconsin Eau-Claire (1979-81), Montana State (1982-84) and Central Missouri State (1985-89).
Wittke is a native of Racine, Wis., and a 1982 graduate of Wisconsin Eau-Claire.
Dave Wommack --
Defensive Coordinator / Safeties, Ole Miss Rebels
(as of football season 2014) Dave Wommack, who in over 32
years of coaching experience at the collegiate level has appeared in 18 bowl
games and been a part of 28 winning seasons, was named the Ole Miss defensive
coordinator on December 8, 2011. He was previously hired as the Arkansas State
Red Wolves' defensive coordinator on February 14, 2011.
Wommack, a Kimberling City, Mo.-native, has spent 11 years as a secondary coach and will also serve as the safeties coach at ASU. The 1999 and 2000 Broyles Award nominee coached on nine teams that won a conference championship and also participated in trips to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in 1989 and 1990. He brings 16 years of experience as a defensive coordinator, also holding the position at Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Southern Mississippi, UNLV, Missouri State and Bemidji State.
Wommack most recently spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons as defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech, helping lead the Yellow Jackets to the 2009 ACC championship and a trip to the Orange Bowl. Georgia Tech's defense was ranked No. 28 in the nation his first year at the school when the Yellow Jackets were ACC Coastal Division co-champions and appeared in the Chic-fil-A Bowl.
Wommack spent two different stints at Southern Mississippi, the last in 2007 as linebackers coach when the Golden Eagles ranked first in scoring defense and second in total defense in Conference USA and played in the PapaJohns.com Bowl.
His first stop in Hattiesburg covered the 1994-2000 seasons, leading a Southern Miss defense that ranked among the top eight in the nation his final two years as defensive coordinator. While he was defensive coordinator for both the 1999 and 2000 seasons, he was also elevated to assistant head coach in 2000.
Following his initial seven years at Southern Mississippi, Wommack spent 2001-04 at Arkansas before joining the South Carolina staff for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. His first year with the Razorbacks, Wommack was the defensive backs coach before being elevated to defensive coordinator his final three seasons at the school. He was a part of three bowl teams at Arkansas that competed in the Cotton Bowl, Independence Bowl and Music City Bowl. The 2002 team won the SEC West division.
Wommack coached defensive backs and outside linebackers for two years (2005-06) at South Carolina before returning to Southern Miss for the 2007 season. During his time with the Gamecocks, Wommack helped coach a defense ranked 22nd in the nation in pass defense and seventh in pass efficiency defense.
Wommack coached at UNLV from 1992-93, serving as the Rebels defensive coordinator. During his time at UNLV, the Rebels enjoyed their first winning season in seven years and he coached six all-conference defensive players.
Prior to making the jump to NCAA Division I-A, Wommack was the defensive coordinator at Missouri State from 1986-91. In six seasons at Missouri State, he coached five all-conference and two All-America linebackers. Under his direction, the Bears defense ranked among the top 10 in the nation in 1989 and 1990.
Wommack, a graduate assistant coach at Arkansas from 1979-82 and Missouri from 1983-84, began his professional coaching career as the defensive coordinator at Bemidji State in 1985. The 1985 Bemidji State defense ranked third in the NCAA Division-II.
Wommack earned his bachelor's degree from Missouri Southern State College in 1978 before going on to earn his master's degree from the University of Arkansas.
(as of football season 2014) Kane Wommack
begins his first season ('14) on head coach Kim Dameron’s Eastern Illinois
staff. Wommack will serve as the Panthers defensive coordinator.
Wommack returns to the Ohio Valley Conference after previous stints as a position coach at Jacksonville State and UT Martin.
He spent the last two seasons as a defensive graduate assistant at Ole Miss. He helped coach safeties as the Rebels defense ranked 36th in the nation in pass defense and 38th in total defense. He is the son of Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack.
Wommack was the defensive line coach at Jacksonville State in 2011 as the Gamecocks won a share of the Ohio Valley Conference Championship. He spent the 2010 season as the quarterbacks coach at UT Martin.
He played fullback at Arkansas from 2005-06 as the Razorbacks won the SEC West Division title in 2006. He transferred to Southern Mississippi finishing his career on a team that advanced to three straight bowl games.
Wommack earned his degree from Southern Miss in December 2009. He began his coaching career at USM as a volunteer and student coach.
Alex Wood --
Head Football Coach, Florida A&M University Rattlers
(as of football season 2015) Alex Wood was named
the head football coach at Florida A&M on December 23, 2014. He spent the
previous four seasons (2011-14) as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach
at Buffalo and was the interim head coach for part of the 2014 season.
Wood brought with him over 30 years of experience at the Division I level and he has also served as a coordinator in the National Football League. He spent the 2010 season as wide receivers coach at Miami University where he helped the RedHawks claim a Mid-American Conference championship a year removed from winning just one game.
From 1989-93 he was part of Dennis Erickson’s staff for the Miami Hurricanes, coaching the running backs, while helping the Canes to a pair of National Championships (1989 and 1991) and a perfect 12-0 season in 1991.
Wood has also been a wide receiver coach in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals, a quarterback coach for the Minnesota Vikings and the offensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals.
After serving as offensive coordinator for two seasons at Wake Forest (1993-94), he was named as the head football coach at James Madison University. Wood led the Dukes to an 8-4 record in his first season including a trip to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. In his four-year tenure at JMU, Wood compiled a record of 23-22.
Wood moved into the pro ranks in 1999, when he was hired by Dennis Green as the quarterbacks coach of the Minnesota Vikings. He spent four seasons with the Vikings’ organization.
Wood was named wide receivers coach by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003. In his one year in Cincinnati, Wood coached two players in the top 10 of receiving yards in the AFC (Chad Johnson and Peter Warrick). Johnson led the AFC with 1,355 yards on 90 receptions. He also had 10 touchdown receptions.
In 2004, Wood rejoined Green on the staff of the Arizona Cardinals. Wood served one season as the offensive coordinator for the Cardinals, overseeing the offensive staff and handling play-calling responsibilities.
He spent the 2006-07 seasons as the passing game coordinator at the University of Arkansas and ultimately ended up back in the Midwest helping the RedHawks of Miami become the first team in Division I history to go from one victory to double digit wins.
Wood is a native of Massillon, Ohio, and was a standout football player and wrestler at Washington High School.
Amy Wright -- Assistant Women's Basketball Coach, Texas A&M University Aggies
(as of basketball season 2014-15) Amy Wright joined the Texas A&M
women's basketball program in June 2012, after one season with the Arizona State
women's basketball program..
Wright came to ASU following a successful three-year stint at Cleveland State - the final year as associate coach - where she was part of a coaching staff that helped lead the program to 59 wins, a conference tournament title, a pair of postseason berths and its first-ever postseason win.
At CSU Wright served as the program's recruiting coordinator in addition to assisting with game preparation, scouting and player development, specifically working with the squad's point guards.
Prior to her appointment at Cleveland State, Wright spent one season as an assistant coach at Western Kentucky where she assisted in the day-to-day operations, including recruiting, scouting, game preparation and player development. She helped WKU earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship as the Lady Toppers won the Sun Belt Conference Championship.
In addition to her one season on the bench at WKU, Wright spent three seasons as an assistant coach at South Florida where she helped the Bulls amass 54 wins, including a 21-win campaign in 2004-05. USF made three trips to the postseason during her tenure there, earning an at-large berth to the NCAA Championship in 2006.
A 2002 graduate of Arkansas, Wright lettered for the Razorbacks from 1999-2002 and is the only point guard in school history to lead Arkansas to four straight postseason appearances, including the 1999 WNIT Championship and a berth in the WNIT semifinals in 2000.
She graduated as Arkansas' all-time leader in assists (717), setting the school record for assists in a season as a senior (205), leading the Razorbacks to the second round of the NCAA Championship.
An academic All-SEC selection as a junior (2001-02), Wright never missed a game, playing in 131 consecutive contests. Following her collegiate career, Wright participated in the WNBA Pre-Draft Camp and was drafted by the Detroit Shock in 2002.
A native of Williamsburg, Ind., and 1998 graduate of Northeastern High School, Wright graduated from Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and management in 2002.
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