Rocco pulls in Touchdown Club honor - NBC12.com - Richmond, VA News

Rocco pulls in Touchdown Club honor

Posted: Updated:
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The honors keep rolling in for University of Richmond Spiders head football coach Danny Rocco.  On Wednesday, Rocco was named the recipient of The Touchdown Club of Richmond's Bobby Ross Award, given to the NCAA Division I Coach of the Year.

Earlier, Rocco was named a finalist for both the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award and the Eddie Robinson Award. His finalist distinction marked the fourth time that Rocco had earned both honors in his seven-year coaching career.

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 Touchdown Club of Richmond NCAA Division I Coach of the Year Award is named for Richmond native Bobby Ross, whose 18-year collegiate head coaching career was highlighted by a National Championship with Georgia Tech in 1990, followed by a successful nine year NFL head coaching career, reaching the Super Bowl with the San Diego Chargers following the 1994 season.

Rocco and the rest of the Coach of the Year Award winners will be honored at the All-Metro Football Banquet on January 24, 2013, at the Hilton Richmond Hotel.

Copyright 2012 WWBT NBC12.  All rights reserved.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Sundberg beats odds to land in NFL

    Sundberg beats odds to land in NFL

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:38:12 GMT
    Nick Sundberg is entering his fifth season with the Redskins. As a high school senior, Sundberg wasn't sure if football was in his future past graduation.  An offensive and defensive lineman in high school,More >>
    The Redskins' long-snapper didn't think he would play past high school, and now finds himself as an NFL veteran.More >>
  • Parker, Squirrels take care of Sens

    Parker, Squirrels take care of Sens

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:20:02 GMT
    The Richmond Flying Squirrels (66-44) breezed past the Harrisburg Senators (43-65), 5-2, at The Diamond on Tuesday night.  With the win, the Squirrels grab the series and guarantee at least a 10-game playoffMore >>
    Jarrett Parker hit a home run and added an RBI single to pace Richmond to its second straight win.More >>
  • Cowboys fan braves Redskins Training Camp

    Cowboys fan braves Redskins Training Camp

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:13:52 GMT
    The field at Redskins Training Camp is often lined with a sea of burgundy and gold, but every now and then, a fan of an opposing team will make his or her way into enemy territory. Jack Craft is one ofMore >>
    Every now and then, a fan of an NFL team other than the Redskins finds his or her way into the team's training camp.More >>
Powered by WorldNow