Richmond head football coach Danny Rocco has announced his coaching staff for the 2012 season. Rocco's new staff will consist of four of his former assistants at Liberty and five current Spider assistant coaches.
"We've got a real good combination of guys I've worked with in the past and also guys who have been at Richmond and have had a lot of success during their tenure here. I've very excited about the mix," said Rocco in announcing his staff.
The five Spider assistant coaches retained by Rocco are Wayne Lineburg (Associate Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator and running backs coach); Bob Trott (Defensive Coordinator/safeties); Byron Thweatt (linebackers); Bill Polin (tight ends) and Dave Legg (Special Teams Coordinator/cornerbacks).
Joining Rocco from Liberty are Brandon Streeter (Offensive Coordinator/quarterbacks); Blaine McCorkle (offensive line); Levern Belin (defensive line) and Manny Rojas (linebackers).
Lineburg had twice been the Spiders' offensive coordinator prior to the start of the 2011 campaign, when he continued in that role while also serving as interim head coach. Under Lineburg, three Spiders - senior WR Tre Gray, junior LB Darius McMillan and senior DB Colin Pehanick - earned All-CAA Football honors, with Gray named AP Third-Team All-American.
"I had a relationship with Wayne prior to my coming here and have known him for quite some time," said Rocco. "He has a great reputation at Richmond and throughout the state."
Veteran assistant Trott begins his third season as Defensive Coordinator and brings 35 years of experience as an NFL and college coach to the Richmond sideline.
"Bob has an outstanding resume," said Rocco. "I first met him when he was with the New England Patriots about 10-12 years ago. Bob has the respect of the players here and is very well like by the players here. He has a depth and value in his overall knowledge of the defense and we're glad he's decided to stay."
Legg begins his sixth season at Richmond and will continue in his role of Special Teams Coordinator and coaching cornerbacks.
Polin will coach tight ends after directing the offensive line in his previous four years as a Richmond assistant.
Thweatt enters his sixth season at Richmond and will coach linebackers for the third consecutive year.
The Spiders' new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach is Brandon Streeter, who served six years under Rocco at Liberty. During his first three seasons in Lynchburg, the former record-setting Clemson signal caller guided the Flames' quarterbacks to new heights, helping earn him a promotion to offensive coordinator in January 2009.
While at the helm of Liberty's high-octane offense, Streeter led the Flames to a No. 1 ranking nationally in scoring offense (36.4 ppg) in 2009. In 2010, the program bettered the previous year's average (36.5 ppg) and finished No. 3 in the country in scoring offense and No. 2 in total offense (459.9 ypg).
In 2011, Liberty led the Big South in passing yards and pass efficiency and finished second in scoring offense and total yards, averaging 35.9 points per game and 426.5 yards per game. The Flames were eighth in the nation in scoring.
"Brandon was part of my original staff at Liberty," said Rocco. "He coached our quarterbacks all six years and had three different quarterbacks earn all-conference selection. He was primarily responsible for our offensive production and firepower. He is a well-respected coach with a bright future."
Blaine McCorkle arrives at Richmond as offensive line coach after serving three years in the same capacity under Rocco at Liberty. Four of McCorkle's starters on his 2009 offensive line earned Big South all-conference honors while three players would garner all-conference honors in 2010. In 2011, left guard Malcolm Boyd was named to the Associated Press third-team All-America squad.
Levern Belin joins the Spiders as defensive line coach following a three-year stint serving in the same capacity under Rocco in Lynchburg. Belin also coached alongside Rocco at Boston College, Maryland and Virginia.
Manny Rojas, a captain and linebacker for Rocco's first team at Liberty in 2006, begins his first season as linebackers coach at Richmond after serving for two years as a defensive and special teams assistant under Rocco at Liberty.
In 2009 and 2010, Liberty ranked No. 24 nationally in scoring defense. The Flames were No. 1 in turnover margin in 2009 and No. 17 in total defense in 2010.
In 2011, the Flames led the Big South in scoring defense (22 ppg) and were second in total defense (343.3 ypg).
Rocco anticipates adding an assistant to coach wide receivers and will make that announcement in the near future.
This story will be updated when additional staff announcements are made.