|Position:||Wide Receivers Coach|
Winston October begins his seventh season on the VMI staff and has developed Keydet players as wide receivers coach since 2009 and has also played an integral part with VMI return specialists.
October joined the Keydet coaching staff in the summer of 2007 and spent his first two years at VMI as a secondary coach. He became wide receivers coach prior to the 2009 season and has helped produce three All-Big South performers under his supervision.
Since becoming wide receivers coach, October has helped Keydet players attain impressive numbers in the passing game. In 2012, four VMI wide receivers had 20 or more receptions including James Rogers and Stefawn Ross. In 2011, October helped develop All-Big South receiver Tracy Hairston who also led the Big South in kick return yardage with 965 yards which stands as the second most in VMI history and was the third most in Big South history. Punt returners under October led the Big South in 2011 (12.7) and All-Big South returner Michael Rainey-Wiles led the Big South in punt return average (12.3) in 2010.
October also worked closely with All-Big South returner Tim Maypray who led the Big South in with a school record kick 972 return yards in 2009 and also paced the Big South in punt return averaged with a 12.9 mark.
October, a four-time All-Atlantic 10 defensive back selection during his playing days at the University of Richmond, served as team captain during the Spiders' Atlantic 10 championship season in 1998 and was named All-America by The Sports Network.
Upon graduating in 1999 with a B.A. in Communications, October went on to the professional football ranks, playing first with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League for four seasons, including a pair with VMI alumnus and rushing record holder Thomas Haskins.
After a brief stint with the Washington Redskins in 2001, October returned to the CFL to play in 70 games for the Edmonton Eskimos through the 2004 season.
An active participant in community service, October has volunteered his time for Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Clubs and youth reading programs. October is married to the former Andrea Bowe.