Save this content for laterSave this content on your device for later, even while offline Sign in with FacebookSign in with your Facebook account Close

Air Force opener: VMI coach brings deep connection to academy

September 1, 2017 Updated: September 1, 2017 at 11:04 am
0
photo -

Only twice before – when Tim DeRuyter’s Fresno State teams met the Falcons – have Air Force grads faced off as opposing head coaches.

This will be the third, as VMI is led by third-year coach Scott Wachenheim (a 1984 Air Force graduate) and Air Force is led for the 11th year by Troy Calhoun (a 1989 academy grad).

Wachenheim was a four-year starter on the offensive line for Air Force and earned All-WAC and honorable mention All-America honors as a senior when the 1983 squad went 10-2.

He returned in 1984 as a graduate assistant, running the offensive for the junior varsity.

Calhoun arrived as a freshman in 1985, so the two did not overlap. Calhoun, however, said he knows Wachenheim.

After serving his time on active duty, Wachenheim joined former Air Force coach Ken Hatfield at Arkansas in 1989 and later served as Hatfield’s offensive coordinator at Rice.

Calhoun said he sees no traces of the option-based offense Hatfield ran at Air Force when Fisher DeBerry was his offensive coordinator. The Keydets primarily run a one-back offense, throwing screen passes, flares to running backs and are always looking to create one-on-one matchups for their playmakers.

Wachenheim was also an assistant at Colorado under Bill McCartney for one year, spent three seasons at Liberty, five at Virginia and was the tight ends coach for the Washington Redskins in 2009.

There are no Air Force graduates among Wachenheim’s assistants at VMI.

Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Incognito Mode Your browser is in Incognito mode

You vanished!

We welcome you to read all of our stories by signing into your account. If you don't have a subscription, please subscribe today for daily award winning journalism.

Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

It appears that you value local journalism. Thank you.

Subscribe today for unlimited digital access with 50% fewer ads for a faster browsing experience.

Already a Subscriber? LOGIN HERE

Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

It appears that you value local journalism. Thank you.

Subscribe today for unlimited digital access with 50% fewer ads for a faster browsing experience.

Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

Some news is free.
Exceptional journalism takes time, effort and your support.

Already a Subscriber? LOGIN HERE

articles remaining
×
Thank you for your interest in local journalism.
Gain unlimited access, 50% fewer ads and a faster browsing experience.