Rob Wenger
Position: Assistant Coach-Special Teams Coord
Alma Mater: Colgate
Graduating Year: 2008
Phone: (269) 387-8645
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Rob Wenger joined the WMU football staff as a graduate assistant prior to the 2013 season. He has experience as a member of the support staff at the BCS level along with coaching experience at both the high school and Division III levels. He quickly rose through the ranks and was appointed Special Teams Coordinator in August of 2013.

Wenger saw two of his players recognized by the MAC for their breakout seasons in 2015. Darius Phillips earned second-team honors as a kick returner while Andrew Haldeman was named third-team as a place kicker.

Phillips made national headlines the first week of the season when he returned a kick 100 yards for a touchdown against No. 5 Michigan State. It earned him the first of two Special Teams Player of the Week honors after also getting the nod following his two returns totaling 101 yards against Central Michigan.

Haldeman broke the Western Michigan career scoring record with 337 points and for field goals made with 57. In the MAC, Haldeman placed sixth all-time in points scored and tenth in field goals made. His season-long was a 48-yarder against Bowling Green on national TV.

Another record-breaker under Coach Wenger was first-year kickoff specialist Derrick Mitchell who tied the Western Michigan record with 36 touchbacks. Mitchell averaged 62.5 yards per kickoff.

In his second season in 2014, the Broncos saw significant improvements in their special teams. Punter J. Schroeder was named Third Team All-MAC and made the Ray Guy Watch List. Freshman kick returner Darius Phillips was named a Sporting News Freshman All-American and led the conference in kick return yards and average at 26.1.

After graduating from Colgate in 2008, Wenger spent two seasons at Rutgers as an operations assistant in 2008 and on the player development staff during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. From 2010-12, Wenger coaches at St. Thomas Aquinas H.S. as well as Allegheny College, working primarily with defensive players.

In 2009-10, Wenger was an assistant coach at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In 2010-11, he served in the same capacity at Allegheny in Meadville, Pa. In 2011-12, he was elevated to defensive coordinator at St. Thomas Aquinas and then was elevated to the same position, as well as recruiting coordinator, in 2012 at Allegheny.

Wenger earned his master’s in education with a specialization in athletic administration from Nova Southeastern University in August of 2010.

Coach Wenger's Coaching History
2008 Rutgers, Operations Assistant
2008-09 Rutgers, Player Development
2009-10 St. Thomas Aquinas H.S., Assistant Coach
2011-12 St. Thomas Aquinas H.S., Defensive Coordinator
2010-11 Allegheny College, Assistant Coach
2012 Allegheny, Defensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator
2013 Western Michigan, Graduate Assistant
2013- Western Michigan, Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach