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Football: Virginia officially hires Wachenheim as TE Coach

Virginia completed its coaching staff Tuesday by hiring Scott Wachenheim as tight ends coach. Wachenheim most recently served the same role with the Washington Redskins, following 27 years of collegiate coaching at Colorado, Arkansas, Rice and Liberty.

"I had met and known about Scott for the last couple of years when he was on Danny Rocco's staff at Liberty," London said in a statement. "He has a very good background as the tight ends coach with the Redskins and has been an offensive coordinator and has coached the offensive line. It was important for me to get another coach on our staff who could lend their expertise to the run game and the passing game. I think Scott and (graduate assistant coach) Ron Mattes will work well together. Together they will add up to one really big benefit. I am excited about what Scott brings. This is the last of the
positions to fill and, if you look at it from top to bottom, these are good men of character, good coaches and good teachers."

Wachenheim can help with the offensive line, which will be overseen in part by Mattes. As offensive coordinator with Liberty, the Flames had one of the best offenses in the Big South Conference.

³With Mike London, it goes all the way back to when I was coaching at Rice,²
Wachenheim said. ³Mike was the defensive line coach at the Houston Texans
and I remember going to watch practice to see the offensive line drills and
I could not help but notice the defensive line drills because of the
intensity of the coach running them and that happened to be Mike. His
intensity there is a memory that has been stuck in my mind.

"With Mike London, it goes all the way back to when I was coaching at Rice," Wachenheim said. "Mike was the defensive line coach at the Houston Texans
and I remember going to watch practice to see the offensive line drills and I could not help but notice the defensive line drills because of the intensity of the coach running them and that happened to be Mike. His intensity there is a memory that has been stuck in my mind.

"I followed Mike when he came back up here and Danny Rocco brought our Liberty staff up here to observer practice. I also followed his Richmond teams closely. I was always impressed with how he handled himself and his teams and the type of character he represents. I had already seen the type of coach he was by watching him coach his position drills. Watching his interviews after Richmond won the national championship, it was very clear that he knew what was important in life. I have always wanted to work with a guy like that. I've been blessed to work for coaches like that in Danny Rocco at Liberty, Ken Hatfield at Arkansas, Bill McCartney at Colorado, Charlie Weatherbie at Utah State and Jim Zorn at the Redskins, so this is an exciting opportunity."

By Zach Berman  |  February 2, 2010; 7:08 PM ET
 
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