July 16, 1960 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1984–1985||Wake Forest (GA)|
|1986||Wake Forest (DL)|
|1991–1993||Boston College (DL)|
|2000||New York Jets (ST)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|4 Big South (2007–2010), 2 CAA (2012, 2015)|
|3x Big South Coach of the Year (2006–2008), CAA Coach of the Year (2015)|
Daniel Christopher Rocco (born July 16, 1960) is the current head coach of the Richmond Spiders college football team representing the University of Richmond and a former assistant coach of the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). Rocco has over 25 years of professional and collegiate coaching experience. Rocco earned his bachelor's degree in speech communications from Wake Forest University in 1984. He added an education and counseling master's degree from Wake Forest in 1987.
Rocco played linebacker for Joe Paterno at Pennsylvania State University, earning letters in 1979 and 1980. He played in the 1979 Liberty Bowl and the 1980 Fiesta Bowl for the Nittany Lions. Rocco transferred to Wake Forest University, where he started for two seasons at outside linebacker under head coach Al Groh, in 1982 and 1983. He was named captain the 1983 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team.
Throughout his coaching career, Rocco has been a friend and protégé of Al Groh, working with him for over six years in both collegiate and professional positions.
Rocco began his coaching career as a graduate assistant then defensive line coach at Wake Forest, from 1984 to 1986. After a season coaching linebackers at the University of Colorado at Boulder under Bill McCartney, he spent three seasons at the University of Tulsa. Next stop for Rocco was Boston College for three years under Tom Coughlin as defensive line coach.
Rocco was named the head coach of the Flames on December 2, 2005, succeeding Ken Karcher. He began his first stint as a head coach at any level taking over a program that went 1–10 the season before he arrived in 2005.
In his first season as head coach at Liberty in 2006, he led the Flames to a 6–5 record and was honored by the Big South Conference as their Coach of the Year. He then followed that up in 2007 by leading the Flames to an 8–3 record and the school's first Big South Conference championship and his second consecutive Coach of the Year honors.
In February 2008, the university extended Rocco's contract through the 2012 season.
He then followed that up with another Big South championship in 2008 with a 5–0 record in league play. He was named Big South Coach of the Year for the third straight season.
In 2009, he stretched the Flames' Big South winning streak to a conference record 15 games before falling in the season finale at Stony Brook. Liberty shared the conference championship with the Seawolves. In 2010, a loss at Coastal Carolina led to a three-way share of the league title with the Chanticleers and Stony Brook. But CCU went to the playoffs based on a tie-breaker of point allowed in conference games.
In January 2010, Rocco signed a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season.
Head coaching record
|Liberty Flames (Big South Conference) (2006–2011)|
|Richmond Spiders (Colonial Athletic Association) (2012–present)|
|2014||Richmond||9–5||5–3||4th||L NCAA Division I FCS Second Round||16||16|
|2015||Richmond||10–4||6–2||T–1st||L NCAA Division I FCS Semifinal||3||4|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
- 1995 University of Texas Football Media Guide p. 94
- "Coaching staff – Danny Rocco". Retrieved 2007-11-22.
- "Lynchburg NewsAdvance Article on Contract Extension". Retrieved 2008-02-15.
- "LU Official News Release on Extension". Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "Danny Rocco Named 35th Head Football Coach At Richmond". Retrieved 2011-12-06.