After developing a very productive receiving corps during his initial campaign with the Tribe, Winston October returns for his second season leading W&M’s wideouts.
Highlighting those who benefited from Winston’s tutelage was All-American Tre McBride, who was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The three-time all-conference selection established himself as one of the nation’s elite wide receivers last fall and earned an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game after totaling 64 catches for 809 yards with four touchdowns.
October also helped develop one of the country’s top young wideouts in DeVonte Dedmon, who became W&M’s first true freshman to start at wide receiver since Terry Hammons in 1991. A talented and electrifying playmaker, Dedmon ranked third on the team in catches (24), averaged 13.9 yards per carry and 30.0 yards per kickoff return.
October joined the Tribe staff after a seven-year stint at Virginia Military Institute where he coached wide receivers for five seasons and cornerbacks for two years. He also worked with the return specialists. During that time, he helped produce four all-conference players as well as the No. 2 and No. 3 all-time kick return yardage leaders in the Big South Conference’s history. Under his tutelage, the Keydets receiving corps totaled 166 receptions, 2178 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2013.
A 1999 graduate of the University of Richmond, October was a four-time All-Atlantic 10 selection as a defensive back and earned All-America honors as a senior. Additionally, he served as a team captain during the Spiders’ A-10 championship season in 1998 and finished his career ranked No. 1 on the conference’s all-time punt return yardage list.
After graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in communications in 1999, October played professionally with the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League for two seasons where he led the league in punt returns (1999-2000) and played in the 2000 Grey Cup Championship game. After a brief stint with the Washington Redskins in 2001, he returned to the CFL to play with the Edmonton Eskimos through the 2004 season and currently ranks fifth all-time in punt return yardage in league history.
October is married to the former Andrea Bowe, and the couple has a daughter, Avery Marissa October.
October is the Tribe’s primary recruiter in Northern Virginia, Eastern Maryland, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Oregon and Idaho.