UR Spiders announce new football coach

The Spiders have announced the hiring of a new head coach for their football program. Who is he and how successful has his coaching career been?

The University of Richmond announced yesterday that Danny Rocco has been named the new head coach of the Spider football program. Rocco is a three-time Big South Coach of the Year at Liberty University, and has nearly 30 years of coaching experience, including assistant coaching duties with the New York Jets.

“I am pleased to welcome Coach Rocco and his family to the University of Richmond,” said Richmond Athletic Director Jim Miller. “He is an experienced coach with a proven record of leadership both on the field and in the community. Coach Rocco is the right fit for Spider Football in an important time for our program.”

Rocco led the Liberty Flames in winning the university’s first-ever Big South Championship in 2007, winning three conference titles in the three subsequent years. In his four-year span, Rocco’s winning percentage was third-highest among FCS coaches nationally with a 34-11 record (.756). Rocco’s overall winning percentage of .714 ranks fifth in the nation over the last 10 years of competition.

“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,” said Rocco. “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.”

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