PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - After guiding the University of Richmond Spiders football team to a share of the CAA Championship and a five-win turnaround, head coach Danny Rocco was named one of 20 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award on Monday.
Following a highly successful tenure at Liberty, where he was a three-time Big South Coach of the Year winner, Rocco took over a Richmond squad this season that went 3-8 and 0-8 in conference play in 2011.
In 2012, Rocco led the Spiders to a share of the CAA Football championship, posting an overall record of 8-3 and a conference mark of 6-2. The five-win turnaround is the second-best in the history of Richmond football, while the six-conference win improvement was the best in the CAA.
The Spiders had numerous quality wins this past season, defeating Villanova in Philadelphia, while also taking down then No. 2-ranked James Madison. Richmond also defeated perennial CAA power Delaware at Robins Stadium.
The Eddie Robinson Award is presented annually to the national coach of the year in FCS football. A panel of about 160 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will select the Robinson Award winner, which is presented by The Sports Network.
Voting will reflect only the regular season and conclude before the FCS playoffs begin Saturday. The winner will be announced on Dec. 17 at the FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation in Philadelphia.
Coach Rocco is also in the running for Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. To vote for Coach Rocco, be sure to go to CoachoftheYear.com.