Friday, January 27, 2012

Football: Crocker Promoted, Two New Hirings Announced

After defensive coordinator Mark Reardon left to become a high school coach, and defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo left for UMass after only one season, the Villanova football team has filled their vacancies by promoting linebackers coach/special teams coordinator Billy Crocker to defensive coordinator, hiring former Whitehall High School head coach Tony Trisciani to coach the secondary, and Eastern Illinois defensive coordinator/associate head coach Roc Bellantoni to coach the defensive line. It's worth noting that Trisciani was starting quarterback Chris Polony's head coach in high school, and Bellantoni was on the Eastern Illinois staff with current wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Brian Flinn from 2002-2005.

Crocker will be the first new defensive coordinator for Villanova in eight season, and was promoted for the second time in two seasons after replacing Clint Wiley as both the linebacker coach and special teams coordinator last season.

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