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Head Coach Curt Newsome

Curt Newsome enters his fifth year as the Head Football Coach at Emory & Henry College. A 1982 graduate of E&H, Newsome returned to his alma mater in January of 2014 with 15 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience to become the program's 20th head coach.

Last season, the Wasps posted a 3-7 record but saw an even dozen players named to the All-ODAC Team. Josh Fleenor was tabbed as an all-league first-teamer, adding all-state and All-South Region accolades to his resume.

Emory & Henry went 6-4 in 2016 with a 5-2 record against ODAC teams. The Wasps reeled off five straight wins to finish the year tied for second place in the league. Nine different players were named to the all-league teams including McFarland Murph, Tre'von Lightfoot and Da'von Keith, who added All-South Region accolades.

In 2015, Emory & Henry posted a 6-4 record with a 4-3 mark against ODAC foes. The Wasps picked up a signature non-conference win against NCAA Division I FCS East Tennessee State, 27-24, in September. For a second season, a dozen Wasps were tabbed as all-league with Tre'von Lightfoot and Skyler Simcox earning All-South Region honors.

In his first season at E&H, Newsome led the Wasps to an 8-2 record and a four-way tie for first place in the ODAC at 5-2. For his efforts, Newsome was selected as ODAC Coach of the Year and saw 12 of his players named to the All-ODAC Teams. Leading the way was freshman quarterback Kevin Saxton, who earned ODAC Rookie of the Year honors.

Newsome most recently served as the Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Line Coach at James Madison University for the 2013 season. He held the same title for the final three years of his first run with JMU (1999-05). Before becoming Assistant Head Coach, Newsome was a defensive line coach for three seasons and also worked with the tackles and tight ends for a year. The Dukes reached the NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs on two occasions, winning a National Championship in 2004 and claiming a pair of Atlantic-10 Conference titles (1999, 2004).

Between his stints in Harrisonburg, Newsome was the Offensive Line Coach at Virginia Tech for seven years, helping to lead the Hokies to a trio of Atlantic Coast Conference Championships (2007, 2008, 2010), seven bowl games and a victory in the 2009 Orange Bowl. VT also won the 2012 Russell Athletic Bowl and the 2009 Chick-fil-A Bowl with Newsome on Frank Beamer's staff.

Newsome's offensive line helped to produce four 1,000-yard rushers and Blake DeChristopher was selected as the ACC's Jacobs Blocking Trophy Winner in 2011, the award given annually to the best lineman in the league.

Prior to joining the college ranks, Newsome was an accomplished high school coach for 16 years. He collected five district coach-of-the-year honors, was the Eastern Region Coach of the Year on three occasions and was selected as the AP and VHSL Virginia State Coach of the Year in 1998. Newsome coached for 11 years at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton before concluding his time in the prep ranks at Heritage High School in Newport News.

Newsome got his start in coaching the fall after graduating from Emory & Henry at recently-closed Ervinton High School, where he was the Lonesome Pine District Coach of the Year in 1984. A native of Hampton, Va., Newsome holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education from E&H, which he earned in 1982.

Newsome and his wife, Melinda, have two grown children, a son, Curtis, and a daughter, Elizabeth. The couple resides in Abingdon.


Associate Head Coach Josh Wellenhoffer

Josh Wellenhoffer is entering his third season as the Associate Head Football Coach and his his 14th season overall coaching football coach at Emory & Henry College. Wellenhoffer will continue to coach the offensive line for the Wasps after working with E&H’s defensive front. Wellenhoffer is also in charge of the team’s equipment needs and is the facility coordinator for Brooks Field House.

Wellenhoffer previously served as Facility Coordinator for the John Rutledge King Center and the Robert W. Gibson, III Fitness Center. He was in charge of coodinating maintenance overseeing the operations of both facilities.

Prior to returning to Emory, Wellenhoffer served as the defensive line coach at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., for the 2004 season.

As a player, Wellenhoffer was a three-year starter for the Wasps on the offensive line, starting at all five positions. He was a member of one ODAC Championship team and one NCAA Playoff team (2000).

Wellenhoffer received a bachelor’s degree from E&H in 2004. In 2006, he earned his master’s degree from Virginia Tech in health promotions.

Wellenhoffer is married to the former Sarah Caldwell (E&H ‘04), who was a standout pitcher for the Wasps’ softball team and a member of the E&H Sports Hall of Fame class of 2016. The couple has a son, Spencer and a daughter, Madison. The Wellenhoffers reside in Abingdon.


Assistant Coach Quintin Hunter

Quintin Hunter is in his fifth year as an Assistant Football Coach at Emory & Henry College and his second as Offensive Coordinator. Hunter will continue to work with the Wasps’ quarterbacks.

While leading the E&H running backs during his first three seasons, Emory & Henry averaged 190 yards per game and 4.7 yards per carry. He has coached a pair of players to All-ODAC performances while also producing a balanced ground attack with E&H’s other rushers.

Hunter comes to E&H from James Madison University where he was a three- year letterwinner on the football field for the Dukes after transferring from the University of Virginia after his freshman year. He was selected as one of 300 participants in the NCAA’s Career in Sports Forum where he attended personal development workshops in the forum’s “Coaching Track.”

In addition to his work in college football, Hunter has been extensively involved in coaching, refereeing, volunteering and serving as a camp counselor with various organizations.

Hunter completed his bachelor’s degree in sport management at James Madison in December of 2013.


Assistant Coach Tommy Buzzo

Tommy Buzzo is entering his first year as an Assistant Football Coach at Emory & Henry College. He will serve as the Wasps defensive coordinator and work with the defensive backfield.

Buzzo joins Emory & Henry after spending the past four seasons as the Head Football Coach at Brooke Point High School in Stafford, Virginia where he led the Blackhawks to four-straight appearances in the VHSL 5A State Playoffs. He served for two seasons as the linebackers coach and co-Defensive Coordinator at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut, a member of the NCAA Division I Northeast Conference.

Buzzo was the Head Coach at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia for 11 years where he was a four-time district coach of the year and twice served as a coach for the VHSCA State All-Star Game. Prior to his entrance into the coach world, Buzzo worked for the Roanoke City Police for six and a half years as a uniform officer and a narcotics investigator.

A native of Bluefield, West Virginia, Buzzo played college football at Glenville State University and Concord College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concord in 1993. he holds a master's degree in educational administration from Shenandoah University, which he earned in 2002


Assistant Coach Kamden BeCraft

Kamden BeCraft is in his second year as an Assistant Football Coach at Emory & Henry College. Last year, he worked as an assistant in the defensive backfield. During the offseason, he joined the staff full time and will now coach the wide recievers.

In addition to his work with the football program, BeCraft will serve as an Assistant Track & Field Coach, working with the sprinters and hurdlers.

While an undergraduate at Liberty University, BeCraft served for two years as an assistant football coach at Jefferson Forest High School, working with the defensive backs and wide receivers. He also spent one year as an assistant track & field coach, focusing on sprinters and jumpers. BeCraft received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management from Liberty in 2017.

 


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Assistant Coach Mike Snow

Mike Snow is entering his eighthseason as an Assistant Football Coach. He will continue to work with the tight ends and also assist Mike Caro with the Wasps’ strength and conditioning program.

A 1978 E&H graduate, Snow played tight end for the Wasps under Coach Fred Selfe. A First-Team All-ODAC performer, he was named the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player as a senior. Mike is the leading receiver in school history for tight ends and still holds at least four known records for that position. They are single season receptions at 40 and career receptions at 78. He also holds the tight end record for average yards per catch at 14.2 along with career yards at 1,106.

Snow was inducted into the Emory & Henry Sports Hall of Fame in 2015 for his excellence during his playing career. In 2012 he received the Dave Thomas Twelfth Man Award which recognizes individuals who make unusual and outstanding contributions to the E&H football program.

Snow is a 1974 graduate of Chilhowie High School where he played tight end and left offensive-tackle under E&H Hall of Fame’s Ron Bayles and lead their team to their only state football championship in 1970. “Mike Snow loved football! It was his passion…” is a quote written by Coach Bales in his book, “From Young Braves to Mighty Warriors.”

Snow is a certified strength and conditioning specialist as well as a certified specialist in sports nutrition.

He is retired from operating his own international shipping business in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after 27 years. The company specialized in the worldwide transport of military and commercial explosives.

Snow has a son, Gabe, who is an actor and fitness model in New York, and a daughter, Ashley, who is a policy and process project lead at Vanguard located in Pennsylvania.


Assistant Coach Sanders Henderson

J. Sanders Henderson, III is entering the fourth season of his second stint as an Assistant Football Coach for Emory & Henry College. This year, he will continue to assist with the defensive linemen.

Henderson previously coached at Emory & Henry for one season in the late 1980’s under Hall of Fame head coach Lou Wacker.

A 30-year veteran of the Virginia public school system, Henderson has taught and coached in Carroll, Smyth and Tazewell Counties. He most recently was the principal of Chilhowie Elementary School before retiring. Henderson taught at Richlands High School for 16 years, serving as Athletic Director for three years, and was an assistant on the Blue Tornados’ state championship team in 1992.

In addtion to his work in the school system, Henderson has been a Virginia High School League basketball official for 35 years. He also serves on the Washington County School Board for the Jefferson District.

Henderson received his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Emory & Henry in 1985. He also holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Radford University.

He resides on his family farm in Saltville with his wife, the former Jill Marie Holmes. Henderson has a grown daughter, Marisa.


Assistant Coach Tony Hart

Tony Hart is in his fourth year as an Assistant Football Coach at Emory & Henry College. He joins the staff on field this season and will work with the quarterbacks as well as the Wasps’ special teams units after previously serving as a strategic assistant with the program.

A graduate of Roanoke College, Hart extensive coaching and scouting experience to the table as he has made a career as a physical education teacher and coach in the Roanoke Valley.

The recipient of the 2015 Dave Thomas Twelfth Man Award, Hart has assisted Emory & Henry in recruiting by watching film on each of the Wasps’ recruits. He has also assisted in scouting of opponents and assists from the coaching box on Saturday afternoons.

Hart played quarterback for Emory & Henry during the late 1970s prior to transferring to Roanoke where he completed his degree.

Hart was the Head Coach at Lord Botetourt High School for four years and also served as an assistant coach at William Fleming High School and Patrick Henry High School. He also had a stint as a high school football radio announcer for WGMN and the former WWWR in Roanoke.


Assistant Coach Anthony King