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Football Coaching Staff
Byron Thweatt
Inside Linebackers Coach/Director of High School Relations
Coach Info:
Position: Inside Linebackers Coach/Director of High School Relations
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Alma Mater: Virginia
Graduating Year: 2000
Experience: 8 Years
Phone: 804-289-8381


Richmond native Byron Thweatt joined the Spider staff in the spring of 2007 following a year as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Virginia.  Now entering his eighth season with the Spiders in 2014, Thweatt will continue to coach linebackers for head coach Danny Rocco.

Along with his duties as linebackers coach, Rocco named Thweatt Director of High School Relations in June of 2013.  

For the second-straight season, a pair of Richmond linebackers were named All-CAA under Thweatt.  LB Eric Wright earned the honor for the second-straight season, while LB Aaron Roane joined him on the All-CAA Third-Team.

In 2012, Thweatt helped a pair of Spider linebackers earn All-CAA recognition - the first time that had happened since the 2009 season.  Darius McMillan and Eric Wright earned the accolades, but the whole unit was fantastic, helping Richmond lead the country in turnover margin at +22.

Thweatt was also recruiting coordinator for the 2010 and 2011 seasons when he returned to the defensive side to coach the linebackers -- the position he played as an All-ACC pick at UVa.

Thweatt coached the tight ends in 2009, after serving as the defensive tackles coach in 2008 and the defensive assistant in 2007.

Following a standout collegiate career in Charlottesville, Thweatt spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans in the NFL and played in NFL Europe.

Thweatt was a two-year Cavalier captain and started all 47 games in his collegiate career -- a school record for starts by a linebacker. He was named All-ACC and Honorable Mention All-America by Football News following his senior year.  Thweatt set a career high with 125 tackles as a senior -- tied for the sixth-highest total in school history. His 387 career tackles was third in school history.

At Matoaca High School, Thweatt was an All-American as a senior, playing running back and defensive end. He was rated one of the top five prospects in Virginia by The Roanoke Times and the All-Metro Defensive Lineman of the Year by The Richmond Times-Dispatch. He was chosen as Matoaca's MVP in 1995.

Thweatt and his wife Mieya have three daughters Brianna, Bryce and Bralynn.

Coaching Experience

School Years
Richmond (7 years)
Virginia (1 year)