RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - While it may not be under the best circumstances, if there's any winner to come out of this week for the University of Richmond football program it's Wayne Lineburg. The longtime assistant now is a head football coach.
The University of Richmond introduced Lineburg at a press conference Wednesday morning, following the resignation of Latrell Scott.
Lineburg (pronounced "lynn-a-burg"), 37, is entering his second year back at Richmond after three seasons on the offensive staff at the University of Virginia. The Radford, Va. native was with the Spiders for three years from 2004-06 as the offensive coordinator and running backs coach under former head coach Dave Clawson.
Under Lineburg, the Spiders' have posted prolific offensive numbers. In 2005, Richmond gained a school-record 4,957 yards of total offense and scored 44 touchdowns. The offensive unit averaged 381.3 yards per game and ranked 41st in the country that year. Lineburg's offense averaged more than 330 yards per game every year and had an 800-yard rusher each of those three seasons.
Lineburg, who played quarterback at Virginia and earned an undergraduate degree in government, has also spent time as assistant coach at William & Mary, where he received his master's degree in higher education. He was with the Tribe for four years as the recruiting coordinator and running backs coach.
Before returning to Richmond in 2010, he spent three seasons on the Cavaliers staff as both a wide receivers coach (2007-08) and running backs coach (2009) -- the second stint at his alma mater after serving there in 1998 and 1999. UVa played in the 1998 Peach Bowl, the 1999 MicronPC.com Bowl and the 2008 Gator Bowl with Lineburg on staff.
A four-year quarterback for the Cavaliers, Lineburg was player on three bowls teams -- the 1994 Carquest Bowl, the 1994 Independence Bowl and the 1995 Peach Bowl.
In his 19 seasons as either a player or coach, Lineburg has reached the postseason nine times.
His father, Norman, is the long-time coach at Radford High and is a member of the Virginia High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Wayne played prep football for his father, earning All-District honors as a quarterback.
His brother Robert is the athletic director at Radford University, his brother Mark is the superintendent of schools in Bristol, Va. and his brother Paul is the assistant principal at William Byrd High School in Vinton, Va.
Wayne and his wife Tracey have a young daughter, Addyson.