Lou Wacker served Hampden-Sydney College as a coach for 24 years before moving to Emory and Henry College in 1985 as head football coach. During his 20-plus years at Hampden-Sydney, Wacker helped architect one of Virginia’s greatest football programs along with legendary Tiger coach Stokeley Fulton. Wacker’s Tiger defenses dominated opponents for more than 20 years and from 1969 to 1979, his team defense allowed an average of just 9.5 points-per-game, making the Tiger defense one of only two Division III programs to limit opponents to a single digit averages in that span. Wacker’s defense had unprecedented seasons in 1970 and 1971 as the unit, nicknamed the “coffin squad,” allowed a total of 73 points in 22 games and posted 11 shutouts as the Tiger football team advanced to the Knute Rockne Bowl in back-to-back seasons. While at Hampden-Sydeny, Wacker also coached the Tiger wrestling team (1963-1984) and was instrumental in the start of the Tiger lacrosse program.
Wacker’s illustrious career continued at Emory and Henry where he led the Wasps to 11 Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships, five NCAA tournament appearances and was voted ODAC Coach of the Year five times as his teams compiled a 164-76 all-time record. Wacker, who also served as athletic director, retired from Emory and Henry College in 2004.