Offensive line coach Scott Wachenheim is entering his fifth year at the University of Virginia. After coaching the tight ends in his inaugural season with the Cavaliers, Wachenheim took over the offensive line in 2011.
All five of the 2011 offensive line starters have received their bachelors degrees from Virginia with one, Luke Bowanko, having also earned his masters. Additionally, four of the offensive linemen will be a part of NFL rosters when the 2014 season opens. 2014 third round pick Morgan Moses will be with the Washington Redskins, 2012 fifth round pick Oday Aboushi will be with the New York Jets, while 2014 sixth round pick Luke Bowanko and Austin Pasztor will be with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In 2013, Wachenheim saw his offensive line pave the way for UVa's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2004, Kevin Parks. Moses was an All-ACC performer and participated in the NFL Combine and Senior Bowl.
In 2012, Wachenheim's efforts helped UVa's offense pass for 3,000 plus yards for the third consecutive season. The first time a UVa offense had ever accomplished this feat. Additionally, Aboushi was selected first-team All-ACC as well as being picked to compete in the NFL Combine and Senior Bowl. On the other side of the line, Moses earned honorable mention All-ACC honors.
In 2011 Wachenheim had the unique experience of having all five players on the offensive line start all 13 games together. That group helped fuel an impressive Cavalier running game. Virginia rushed for 2,107 yards, the highest total since the 2004 campaign. The continuity showed in the passing game as well as UVa finished the year ranked No. 24 in the nation in fewest sacks allowed per game (1.23).
Senior offensive guard Austin Pasztor was a named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press and first-team All-ACC, while Aboushi was a second-team All-ACC pick. Wachenheim's players picked up ACC Lineman of the Week honors five times during the season for their performances.
Prior to coming to Virginia, Wachenheim spent the 2009 campaign as the tight ends coach with the Washington Redskins. During his lone season in Washington, Wachenheim helped with the development and emergence of tight end Fred Davis who had 48 receptions for 509 yards and six touchdowns in place of All-Pro Chris Cooley, who was lost with a season-ending injury.
Wachenheim first came to the Commonwealth in 2006 where he spent three seasons (2006-08) as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Liberty in Lynchburg, Va., under former UVa associate head coach Danny Rocco. Prior to the 2007 campaign, Rocco increased Wachenheim's responsibilities, naming him assistant head coach.
As the offensive coordinator at Liberty in 2008, the Flames went 10-2 on the way to a second straight Big South Conference championship, while averaging 33.7 points and 446.7 yards per game. The latter total ranked ninth in the Football Championship Subdivision and marked the second year in a row Liberty led the conference in total offense as they averaged 429.6 yards a game in 2007, while scoring 42.6 points per contest.
Highlighting Wachenheim's offense during his three years at Liberty was three-year starting running back Rashad Jennings, a seventh round selection by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2009 NFL Draft. A Walter Payton Award finalist and consensus first-team All-America selection, Jennings set Big South career records for rushing yards (3,633), attempts (633) and touchdowns (42).
Prior to his days with the Flames, Wachenheim spent 12 years as a member of Ken Hatfield's coaching staff at Rice in Houston, Texas. He spent the last five years with the Owls as offensive coordinator.
Wachenheim helped Rice build a dominant ball control offense which ranked among the nation's best during his tenure.
During the 2004 season, Rice led the nation in rushing offense (306.5 yards per game), and the Owls' 2003 squad ranked second in the country, racking up a school record of 3,800 rushing yards. In 2001, Wachenheim's direction enabled Rice to break the school record for points scored (333) and total offense (4,846 yards).
Prior to joining the Rice staff, Wachenheim served as recruiting coordinator, offensive tackles and tight ends coach at Utah State (1992-93). He culminated his tenure at the school with a Big West Conference title and a Las Vegas Bowl victory in 1993.
Wachenheim got his collegiate coaching career started in 1984. After graduating from the Air Force Academy with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, he served as offensive coordinator of the Air Force Academy's junior varsity squad. He then went on to complete his military requirements.
Wachenheim returned to the coaching ranks at Arkansas in 1989-90, helping the Razorbacks to a Southwest Conference championship and a Cotton Bowl invitation. Additionally, Wachenheim earned his master's degree in athletic administration from the school in 1991.
Wachenheim spent the 1991 football season at Colorado under the leadership of head coach Bill McCartney, helping the Buffaloes win the Big 8 Conference championship and earn a berth in the Blockbuster Bowl.
As a player, Wachenheim was a four-year starter (1980-83) on the offensive line at the Air Force Academy. He earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference and honorable mention All-American honors his senior year. The 1983 Falcons finished with a 10-2 season record, were ranked second in the nation in rushing offense, and were tabbed as the nation's 13th-ranked team overall.
A native of Woodland Hills, Calif., Wachenheim and his wife, Karla, have two sons: Kyle and Tyson. His son Tyson is a tight end at Christopher Newport University.
Woodland Hills, Calif.
William Howard Taft HS, Woodland Hills, Calif., 1980
Air Force, 1984
wife, Karla; two sons, Kyle and Tyson
Air Force (1980-83)
1984-85 - Air Force Academy Graduate Assistant
1989-90 - Arkansas Graduate Assistant
1991 - Colorado Graduate Assistant
1992-93 - Utah State Tackles/Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator
1994-00 - Rice Offensive Line
2001-05 - Rice Offensive Coordinator
2006-08 - Liberty Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line