Rocco pulls in Touchdown Club honor

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.

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