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Danny Wilmer
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Tight Ends Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Danny Wilmer is in his 17th season with the UVa coaching staff. He is in charge of the tight ends and also oversees the recruiting program.

Wilmer has had various coaching responsibilities since coming to Virginia as offensive tackles and tight ends coach in 1984. He has coached three former Cavalier first-team All-Americans, including offensive tackle Jim Dombrowski, and defensive ends Ray Savage and Chris Slade.

Wilmer came to Charlottesville from Harrisonburg, Va., where he spent four years as an assistant at James Madison University.

While at JMU, Wilmer was the offensive coordinator and in charge of the Dukes' offensive line. Wilmer went to James Madison after an outstanding career as a high school coach and after playing a season of professional football at middle linebacker with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.

Wilmer, who grew up in Buena Vista, Va., attended Parry McCluer High School and Staunton Military Academy. He went on to graduate with a bachelor's degree from East Carolina University, where he also played tight end and middle linebacker on the football team. Wilmer earned his master's degree in administration from Western New Mexico University in 1975.

Wilmer coached high school football in North Carolina and Virginia as a head coach for four years and as an assistant for four years. He also has been a head track and field coach and an assistant in basketball and baseball on the high school level.

While earning his master's degree at Western New Mexico, Wilmer gained valuable coaching experience as defensive coordinator for a team that set 13 school records and three conference records.

Wilmer's Biography-at-a-Glance

  • Born: April 15, 1947, in Lexington, Va.
  • Family: Married to the former Myrna Ford of Sallisaw, Okla. Has two sons, Christopher and Brian.
  • Education: Graduated from Parry McCluer High School in Buena Vista, Va., in 1965; graduated from Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, Va., in 1966; earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography and urban planning from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., in 1972; received his master's degree from Western New Mexico University in Silver City, N.M., in 1975.
  • Coaching Background: Head football and assistant baseball coach at North Pitt High School in Bethel, N.C. (1971–73); defensive coordinator at Western New Mexico University (1974); assistant football and basketball coach and head track and field coach at T. Wingate Andrews High School in High Point, N.C. (1975–78); head football coach at Stuarts Draft High School in Stuarts Draft, Va. (1979); assistant football coach at James Madison University (1980–83), serving as offensive coordinator in 1982–83; assistant football coach at the University of Virginia (1984–present). He served as offensive tackles and tight ends coach his first two seasons at UVa before coaching the defensive line from 1986 to 1991. He switched back to offensive tackles and tight ends coach in 1992. He took on the responsibility of recruiting coordinator in 1995 and continued to coach the tight ends.

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