WMU News

Offensive line coach leaves WMU football program

Dec. 6, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Dave Voth, offensive line coach for the Western Michigan University football team, is leaving the Bronco coaching staff to pursue other avenues in the coaching profession. The announcement was made Dec. 4 by head coach Gary Darnell.

Voth instructed Bronco linemen for four seasons during two different stints, 1997-98 and 2000-01. During his tenure at Western Michigan, Voth mentored a trio of All Mid-American Conference performers in Colin Greczek, Charlie Knapp and Paul Lambert. Greczek and Lambert went on to play professionally with the Arena League's Detroit Fury and Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League respectively.

WMU linemen under Voth also paved the way for three 1,000-yard rushing seasons, two from
Robert Sanford and one from Darnell Fields. At the same time, WMU's line provided protection for one of the MAC's top passing attacks.

The 2001 season proved especially challenging for the Bronco offensive line, which lost one starter during training camp and saw each remaining starter slowed by injuries at various times during the fall. Voth's unit still managed to open holes in the Central Michigan and Akron games
that resulted in career rushing performances from Philip Reed, with 154 yards versus CMU, and for Charles Woods, who had 138 yards against Akron.

"We are appreciative of the hard work and dedication Dave Voth has brought to our program," said
Darnell. "His knowledge and experience has been helpful in our pursuit of becoming a top-20 program."

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, 269 387-4138, daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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