Scott Wachenheim, VMI head football coach, has completed his 2019 assistant coaching staff with the hiring of Pat Kuntz as defensive line coach and Chris Moore as tight ends/specialists coach. Kuntz 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 letter winner 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, serving as defensive line coach from 2010-2015 and the 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.”
Moore was the assistant head coach at Indiana Wesleyan for two seasons and was the run game coordinator. He helped build the offense into one of the top scoring offenses in the country, averaging 39.7 points per game – which ranked eighth nationally. He previously served three seasons at Trinity International University in Illinois 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 in West Virginia from 2010-13 and served a brief stint at West Virginia Wesleyan as running backs and tight end coach.
Moore is a Liberty University graduate and played 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.”
Spring practice will commence March 26, 2019, and end May 3. Scrimmages will be held April 13 and April 27. A full practice schedule will be published in the coming weeks.
Wachenheim announced staff responsibilities for the 2019 season.
Tom Clark: Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/ILB
Brian Sheppard: Offensive Coordinator/QB
Kyle Jolly: Offensive Line
Mike Saint Germain: OLB/Special Teams Coordinator
Jeff Sejour: Assistant Secondary Coach/Video Coordinator
Billy Cosh: WR/Recruiting Coordinator
Pat Kuntz: Defensive Line
Albert Reid: Running Backs
Marshall Roberts: Secondary Coach/Pass Game Coordinator
Chris Moore: Tight Ends/Specialists
This article was first published on vmikeydets.com.