Rocco new coach at Richmond
Spiders finish 2011 with 3-8 record, worst since 2004
RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond announced Tuesday that Danny Rocco has been named the 35th head coach of the Spider Football program. A three-time Big South Coach of the Year at Liberty who brings nearly 30 years of coaching experience to Richmond, Rocco will be introduced at a press conference on Wednesday.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity given to me by Jim Miller and President Ayers to be the head football coach at the University of Richmond," Rocco said. "Richmond is a very impressive academic institution that combines the significance and importance of success on the field and in the classroom. The recent success of Richmond football excites me and I really can't wait to get to work returning the Spider program back to those winning ways."
In Rocco's six years at the helm in Lynchburg, the Flames captured their first Big South Championship in 2007 and went on to win the next three conference titles as well. During this four-year span, Rocco had the third-highest winning percentage among FCS coaches nationally with his 34-11 record (.756).
Rocco's overall winning percentage of .714 ranks fifth in the nation among FCS coaches over the last 10 years.
Prior to his arrival at Liberty, Rocco spent the previous five seasons at Virginia beginning in 2001. Here, he helped guide the Cavaliers to four-consecutive bowl appearances, including back-to-back Continental Tire Bowl victories in 2002 and 2003. He won 37 games on Al Groh's staff as an assistant head coach/linebacker coach.