3rd season in NFL
3rd season with Raiders
Brent Vieselmeyer enters his third season with the Silver and Black and first as safeties coach. He joined the Raiders in 2015 after spending 15 years coaching at the college and high school levels.
In 2016, the linebacking corps was led by veteran LBs Bruce Irvin, Perry Riley Jr. and Malcolm Smith. The addition of Irvin in free agency made an immediate impact, as Irvin started all 16 games for the first time in his career, generating seven sacks (second most on the team), and tied a franchise record with six forced fumbles, also tying for the NFL lead. Smith recorded a team-high 115 tackles (86), a mark that led the team for the second consecutive season. Riley Jr. joined the team in October and stepped in upon arrival and emerged into a starting role, finishing sixth on the team with 62 tackles (45). Rookie LB Cory James saw significant time in 2016, making five starts and posting 43 stops in his five starts.
In his first season in the NFL, Vieselmeyer assisted with a linebackers corps that had a significant impact on the Raiders overall defense. With Vieselmeyer’s assistance, Smith lead the team with a career-high 143 tackles (98), while finishing second on the team with four sacks. Vieselmeyer also assisted in the development of rookie LBs Ben Heeney and Neiron Ball. Heeney emerged as a key contributor on defense late in the season finishing with 39 tackles (28), 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Ball emerged as a starter at outside linebacker making nine tackles (four), one sack and one pass defensed in his six appearances before having his rookie season cut short due to a knee injury.
Vieselmeyer spent two seasons as co-defensive coordinator at Houston Baptist University from 2013-14. Prior to joining the Huskies, he served as head coach at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., beginning in March 2007, where he launched the football program. At Valor Christian, he compiled a 55-12 record, leading the Eagles to four-straight state championships in 2009 (3A), 2010 (4A), 2011 (4A) and 2012 (5A). He was named the Denver Post Colorado Coach of the Year in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and was All Sport Jefferson County Coach of the Year in 2010.
Vieselmeyer began his coaching career at Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High School, where he spent eight years as defensive coordinator. He led the Lancers to a 2006 California state title. They also won the 2004 CIF Southern Section Championship and were finalists in 2000, 2001 and 2003. During his career, Vieselmeyer has seen 31 of his student-athletes earn college football scholarships.
PERSONAL: Native of Wauwatosa, Wis. ...Played linebacker at Redlands (Calif.) and Concordia University in Mequon, Wis. …Earned a Bachelor of Arts in education from Concordia in 1999, and a Master of Arts in educational administration from the University of Phoenix in 2005…He and his wife, Marnie, have two daughters, Payton and Quinn.
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