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Wilder Announces Additions To ODU Football Staff

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: August 13, 2007
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Aug. 13, 2007

Norfolk, Va. - Old Dominion University head football coach Bobby Wilder announced today the addition of Ron Whitcomb and Zohn Burden to his coaching staff where they will serve as the quarterbacks coach and the assistant defensive backs coach respectively.

A four-year starter at the University of Maine where he played under Wilder from 2003-2006, Whitcomb, departed as the Black Bears' all-time leader in completions (755), total offense (8,801) and touchdown passes (68). His 8,183 passing yards rank second, as does his .592 completion percentage. One of three senior captains at Maine in 2006, Whitcomb was named the Atlantic-10 and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Year as a redshirt freshman after passing for 2,428 yards and 21 touchdowns. The passing yardage was the most by a freshman in Atlantic-10 history and he also established a new school record with touchdown passes in 11 straight games. In May of 2006 Whitcomb earned his B.S. in European history, while most recently being named the Atlantic-10 Student-Athlete of the Year.

"I'm excited about Ron joining our staff because not only will he just be working with the quarterbacks, but doing it in a system that he was successful in," added Wilder. "In addition, his being named the Atlantic-10 Student-Athlete of the Year sets the tempo for the type of academic standards we have here at Old Dominion University."

A local product from nearby Virginia Beach, Burden spent the past year as an assistant at Fork Union Military Academy where he worked with the wide receivers and defensive backs, while also serving as the passing game coordinator and recruiting liaison. A 2006 graduate of Virginia Military Institute where he played wide receiver for the Keydets, Burden finished his career as the Big South's all-time leader in receptions (162) and receiving yards (2,111). The three-time all-conference honoree also holds the school record with a reception in 34 consecutive games.

"It's great to have an outstanding local player like Zohn join our program. He'll do a tremendous job working alongside coach Chip West and the defensive backs."

ODU football will kickoff in August of 2009.

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