UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – With National Signing Day and the start of Spring Ball just a few weeks away, the University of Richmond football staff has hit the ground running and that staff includes six additions that rounds out Coach Russ Huesman’s staff heading into 2017.
Huesman announced the addition of Justin Wood (Linebackers), Marc Bacote (Wide Receivers), Aaron Corp (Quarterbacks), Scott Brincks (Strength & Conditioning), John Srofe (Video Coordinator) and Chaz Coleman (Director of Operations).
“I’m excited about the staff we’ve been able to assemble and look forward to getting to work with this group. As a staff, we’re thrilled to be able to work with the high quality of student-athletes we already have here at Richmond and will continue to have as we compete for championships for years to come,” Huesman said.
Justin Wood – Linebackers Coach
Wood, a Virginia native, joins the Richmond staff after spending the past two seasons mentoring the inside linebackers at VMI. In his two years with the Keydets, he saw two of his LBs earn All-SoCon honors, including the SoCon’s leading tackler Allan Cratsenberg (126 tackles).
Prior to VMI, he spent eight seasons at his alma mater, Christopher Newport University. He served in various capacities throughout his time on staff with the Captains, including spending time as the defensive coordinator.
As a player at CNU, Wood was one of the top defensive players in program history, earning All-American accolades and setting the program record for total tackles, while earning All-Conference all four seasons.
Marc Bacote – Wide Receivers Coach
Bacote, another Virginia native, joins the Spiders after spending the past two seasons coaching on the defensive side of the ball at Hampton University.
He has spent nearly 10 years coaching collegiately, all but two of those spent in his home state. In addition to Hampton, Bacote has had stops at the Appentice School, Old Dominion, Rutgers, Morehead State and his alma mater, JMU.
As a player with the Dukes (1997-2000), he was a wide receiver on the school’s first ever championship team and went on to spend five years playing arena football professionally. He earned All-Conference accolades three times for the Dukes.
Aaron Corp – Quarterbacks Coach
Corp, a former Spider himself, returns to Richmond to take over as the quarterbacks coach for Jeff Durden’s offense. He spent the past two seasons at Norfolk State as the Spartans’ QB coach under former Richmond head coach Latrell Scott.
During his time at NSU, he helped mentor Greg Hankerson into one of the program’s best-ever Division I player, including helping him All-MEAC honors and posting some of the best offensive numbers in school history. Prior to his time at NSU, Corp spent a season with Scott at Virginia State, where he was a part of the 2014 CIAA Championship.
The California native, joined the Spiders as a player after spending three years at USC (2007-09) and started 16 games for Richmond in two years, battling an injury that cut short his junior season. After an outstanding two years with the Spiders, he spent time with the Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins before starting his coaching career.
Scott Brincks – Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
Brincks comes to Richmond after a long stint at UTC, where he helped aid in over 40 championships for the Mocs’ programs.
He spent 14 years as the Director of Athletic Performance at UTC, earning Master Strength & Conditioning Coach honors in 2016, while helping the Mocs athletic programs capture 46 regular season championships and 43 SoCon Tournament titles.
Prior to his time at UTC, he spent time at the University of Kentucky and Iowa Wesleyan College.
John Srofe – Video Coordinator
Srofe joins the Richmond staff after spending one year with Coach Huesman at UTC as the video coordinator and defensive quality control specialist for the Mocs.
Prior to his season at Chattanooga, Srofe spent a year as the video coordinator at Wofford.
Chaz Coleman – Director of Operations
Coleman returns to Richmond as a member of the football staff, taking over the Director of Operations duty, a position he assisted with during his time as a graduate assistant in 2015 during the Spiders’ run to the FCS Semifinals.
Coleman will handle scheduling, travel and day-to-day operation duties for the Spiders and the coaching staff. He played four seasons at Saint Vincent College, where he went on to spent a year coaching. He also has experience at the NFL level, interning with both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins.
Coleman earned his Master’s degree from VCU’s Center for Sports Leadership.