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Adam Scheier Out as Special Teams Coach

Scheier out after being on staff for three years

NCAA Football: Syracuse at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Scheier is no longer the Wake Forest Special Teams coach, according to The full text is below:

Sources tell FootballScoop Wake Forest special teams coordinator / tight ends coach Adam Scheier will not return. Scheier had served as Dave Clawson’s special teams / tight ends since the 2009 season at Bowling Green.

Dave Clawson announced on Tuesday, "Adam has been a hard-working and loyal member of our staff, not just here at Wake Forest but also at Bowling Green. He is a man with great character and integrity. This was a mutually-agreed upon decision as Adam contemplates his future. I am grateful for his contributions to Wake Forest football."

This is a bit of a surprise given how long Scheier has been on the coaching staff, especially given the 35th ranked special teams according to Place kicker Mike Weaver garnered First Team All-Acc Honors, while Dom Maggio was recognized by ESPN as a Freshman All-American.

Overall the special teams was boosted by Weaver, while the kick and punt return units continued to struggle throughout the course of the year. Johnnie Armstrong had a few long returns called back due to holding, and ultimately won the Temple game in the Military Bowl with his long return, leading to a Mike Weaver field goal.

Another big thing to look at was the long snapping situation, which was a struggle in the early part of the year. Garrett Wilson was benched in favor of walk-on Dayton Diemel after a few bad snaps, but it seemed to resolve itself after that.

The only thing I can think of here is that it was simply a personal decision on the part of Dave Clawson. Scheier has done at worst an average job while coaching Wake Forest’s tight ends and special teams, and has probably been better relative to par than his coaching counterparts.

Following the Defensive Coordinator position that still needs to be filled, this opens the door for a second coordinating position to be hired for Clawson, who has not hired a coordinator since 2009 at Bowling Green.

One name I would look for is Temple’s special teams coordinator Ed Foley, who was the interim coach for the Owls bowl game against Wake Forest. Foley and Clawson have a deep background together, including being in each other’s weddings.

It would make sense that Clawson fills this role pretty quickly, and since they were in Annapolis at the same time just last week, Foley seems like the most reasonable choice without any inside information.

As always we will update as we receive news on the topic, but this one seems to be a head scratcher on the surface. I wish nothing but the best to Coach Scheier, who appeared on all accounts to really enjoy his time at Wake Forest and represented the Deacs well. I’m sure he will land on his feet and continue his career in a successful manner!