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Former Wake Forest Football Players Making Names for Themselves as Coaches

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Several Deacs are now coaching at the collegiate and professional levels

2007 FedEx Orange Bowl: Louisville v Wake Forest Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images

With the news that former Wake Forest football safety Josh Gattis has left his job as co-offensive coordinator at Alabama to become the offensive coordinator at Michigan, I thought I would take a look at former Wake Forest football players and coaches who are now coaching in college and professional leagues.

A great place to keep up with former Wake Forest players who are now coaching is the Wake Forest Coaching Tree Twitter account.

Here is a list of former players and coaches now coaching in the collegiate or professional ranks:

Chip Vaughn: Air Force, Defensive Backs Coach, Wake Forest Class of 2009, Safety

Steed Lobotzke: Air Force, Offensive Line Coach, Wake Forest Offensive Coordinator 2001-2013

Riley Swanson: West Florida, Running Backs Coach, Wake Forest Class of 2007, Safety

Chris Barclay: Purdue, Running Backs Coach, Wake Forest Class of 2005, Running Back

Jim Grobe: San Antonio Commanders, Defensive Coordinator, Wake Forest Head Coach 2001-2013

Dominic Anderson: Pikeville University, Defensive Coordinator, Wake Forest Class of 2005, Defensive Back, Wake Forest Graduate Assistant 2006

Dean Hood: Kentucky, Special Teams Coordinator, Wake Forest Defensive Coordinator 2001-2007

Brad White: Kentucky, Outside Linebackers, Wake Forest Class of 2004, Linebacker, Wake Forest Graduate Assistant 2007

Napoleon Sykes: Navy, Defensive Line Coach, Wake Forest Class of 2006, Linebacker, Wake Forest Graduate Assistant 2008-2009

Diron Reynolds: Stanford, Defensive Line Coach, Wake Forest Class of 1994, Graduate Assistant 1997-1998, Wake Forest Outside Linebackers Coach 1999-2000

Mike Elko: Texas A&M, Defensive Coordinator, Wake Forest Defensive Coordinator 2014-2016

Brian Knorr: Air Force, Co-Defensive Coordinator and Inside Linebackers Coach, Wake Forest Wide Receivers Coach 2008-2010, Wake Forest Defensive Coordinator 2011-2013

Troy Calhoun: Air Force, Head Coach, Wake Forest Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach 2001

Taylor Stubblefield: Air Force, Assistant Coach, Wake Forest Wide Receivers Coach 2013

Matt Weikert: Air Force, Assistant Coach, Wake Forest Graduate Assistant 2003-2004, Wake Forest Operations and Video Assistant 2006

Warren Belin: James Madison, Inside Linebackers Coach, Wake Forest Class of 1990, Linebacker, Wake Forest Linebackers Coach 2013-2015, Wake Forest Director of Recruiting 2016

Derrick Jackson: Purdue, Cornerbacks Coach, Wake Forest Outside Linebackers Coach 2012, Defensive Backs Coach 2013, Cornerbacks Coach 2014-2016

Danny Rocco: University of Delaware, Head Coach, Wake Forest Class of 1983, Linebacker, Wake Forest Graduate Assistant 1984-1985, Wake Forest Defensive Line Coach 1986

Stan Hixon: Temple, Wide Receivers Coach, Wake Forest Running Backs Coach 1993-1994

Joe Kenn: Carolina Panthers, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Wake Forest Class of 1989, Guard, Wake Forest Assistant Strength Coach 1991

John Spanos: Los Angeles Chargers, President of Football Operations, Wake Forest Class of 2002

Chad Alexander: Baltimore Ravens, Assistant Director of Pro Personnel, Wake Forest Class of 1997, Tight End/Running Back

James MacPherson: Los Angeles Chargers, Area Scout, Wake Forest Class of 2003, Quarterback

Teryl Austin: Pittsburgh Steelers, Senior Defensive Assistant/Secondary Coach, Wake Forest Defensive Backs Coach 1993-1995

Ray Rychleski: Birmingham Iron, Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach, Wake Forest Assistant Coach-Defensive Line, Outside Linebackers, Tight Ends/Special Teams 1993-2000

Zac Taylor: Los Angeles Rams, Quarterbacks Coach, Wake Forest 2002-2003 (played in three games before transferring)

The Wake Forest Football coaching tree runs deep. If I missed anyone coaching at the collegiate or professional levels, I sincerely apologize.

Wake Forest puts out both great players and coaches. Go Deacs!