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Josh Zidenberg

Poquoson, Va.

Running Backs

Alma Mater:
Virginia '11

First Season

Josh  Zidenberg

Josh Zidenberg is in his first season as the running backs coach on John Garrett's coaching staff. He is coming off a two-season stint on the football staff at Virginia Military Institute where he was the safeties coach and the co-coordinator for special teams. The Poquoson, Va. native also spent one season (2014) as a graduate assistant at Connecticut, working primarily with the linebackers.

He broke into collegiate coaching at his alma mater, Virginia, working three seasons (2009-11) as a graduate assistant while completing his Master of Education Degree in Administration and Supervision 2011. That followed a four-year undergraduate playing career at UVA where he secured his bachelor's degree in English in 2008. Following his graduation, he worked as a player personnel assistant with the Miami Dolphins from 2008-09.

Zidenberg joined the Virginia program as a walk-on, but was later awarded a football scholarship. He earned the George Welsh Award, as most outstanding special teams player, following his junior year of 2006 and the John Polzer Award, for ability, sportsmanship and character, in 2007. Zidenberg, a fullback, was the starting kick-off returner his senior season of 2007 and led the team in average yards per return.