UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - After helping guide the University of Richmond Spiders football team to its 11th conference championship in program history in 2012, head football coach Danny Rocco had his contract extended through the 2017 season, Director of Athletics Keith Gill announced on Monday.
"In just one season, Danny has helped return the Richmond Football program to national prominence," said Gill. "Danny set a terrific foundation last season for the team not only on the field, but in the classroom. I couldn't be more excited about where our team is headed under Danny's guidance."
In his first season at the helm of the Spider Football program, Rocco led Richmond to a share of the CAA Football championship, posting an overall record of 8-3 and a conference mark of 6-2.
"I am both excited and humbled by this statement of support," Rocco remarked. "I want to thank President Ayers, our administration, as well as our athletic director, Keith Gill, for their continued support. This statement of commitment allows us to continue to build upon our most recent successes. We are all very excited about the future of Spider Football."
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 in 2012, defeating Villanova in Philadelphia, while also taking down then No. 2-ranked James Madison. Richmond also defeated perennial CAA power Delaware at Robins Stadium and long-time rival William & Mary to win the Capital Cup.
For his efforts, Rocco was named a finalist not only for the Eddie Robinson Award, but also the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. Both distinctions marked the fourth time that Rocco had been named a finalist for the two honors in his seven years as a head coach. Rocco was also named The Touchdown Club of Richmond's NCAA Division I Commonwealth of Virginia Coach of the Year.
Before taking over at Richmond, Rocco was the head coach at Liberty University, guiding the Flames to four Big South conference championships. During his seven-year head coaching career, Rocco has amassed an impressive overall record of 55-23 (.705) and five conference championships.
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