Joe Trainer returns for his second stint at Villanova in 2014 and will coach the Wildcats defensive line, in addition to serving as the team's special teams coordinator. Trainer was also an assistant at Villanova from 1997-2004, including serving as the Defensive Coordinator from 2000-2004. Trainer primarily recruits Maryland and Washington DC. He also recruits Delaware and Northern Virginia.
He returns to the Main Line after a five-year stint as the head coach at the University of Rhode Island. In 2010, Trainer led Rhode Island to a 5-6 overall record and a 4-4 mark in the CAA. Included among the five victories were four wins over Top 25 opponents. For his efforts in 2010, he was named the CAA Coach of the Year. During his Rhode Island career, Trainer coached 44 CAA All-Academic team members, 18 All-Conference honorees and one All-American.
Trainer left Villanova following the 2004 season to become the head coach at Millersville University. After three years as the Millersville head coach, he went to Rhode Island as the school's Defensive Coordinator.
During his eight-year Villanova career from 1997-2004, Trainer coached numerous players to All-Conference accolades. In 2003, three of his defensive standouts were first team All-Confernece selections, including defensive end Darrell Adams, linebacker Brian Hulea and safety Raymond Ventrone. Trainer also helped linebacker Shaun Lyons (1996-99) become just the second player in program history to record 400 career tackles.
Trainer came to Villanova in 19987 after serving as defensive coordinator at the University of New Haven for two years. Trainer has also coached at Colgate University, Frostburg State University and Temple University. He is a 1990 graduate of Dickinson College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. Trainer earned a Masters Degree in Education from Temple in 1992 and a Masters Degree in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova in 2004.
Born March 6, 1968, Trainer and his wife Moreen reside in Glenside, Pa., with their 14-year old son Liam, 12-year old son Dillon and 10-year old daughter Keira.