Billy Crocker promoted to defensive coordinator
Villanova hosted Delaware on November 19, 2011 in the first American football game played at PPL Park.
Mark Reardon enters his 11th season as a Villanova assistant coach and seventh as Defensive Coordinator in 2011. His recruiting area will consist of Southern and Central New Jersey and Delaware.
Last season, Reardon's defense had seven players earn All-CAA honors, including the senior linebacker duo of Marquis Kirkland and Terence Thomas who were first team honorees. This was the third straight year that seven different Wildcats garnered All-Conference honors under Reardon's supervision. The Wildcat defense also led the CAA last year in rushing defense at 99.6 yards per game.
Under Reardon's direction in 2009, the Villanova defense was dominant en route to winning the FCS National Championship. The Wildcats ranked third in the country in rushing defense at 66.7 yards per game and sixth in the nation in scoring defense giving up just 14.0 points per contest. For their efforts seven different Wildcat players earned All-CAA distinction in 2009 highlighted by senior defensive end Tim Kukucka and junior linebacker Terence Thomas who were first team selections. Thomas also earned second team All-American acclaim, while Kukucka was a third team All-American selection. Reardon also helped senior safety Ross Ventrone sign a free agent contract with the New England Patriots. Ventrone becomes the fourth secondary player to play for Reardon who has gone on to sign a contract with a NFL franchise. The others include Allyn Bacchus (2006 with Atlanta Falcons), Clarence Curry (2003 with Arizona Cardinals) and Ray Ventrone (currently a member of the Cleveland Browns).
During the 2008 season, two members of Reardon's defense were named to the CAA All-Conference first team as senior defensive lineman Greg Miller and junior linebacker Osayi Ousnde were first team selections. Miller also earned All-American accolades from three different organizations, in addition to garnering All-East distinction.
In his first year as Defensive Coordinator in 2005, two Wildcat defenders garnered first team All-Conference accolades, as senior linebacker Brian Hulea and senior defensive end Darrell Adams were both first team honorees. In addition, Hulea earned first team All-American honors. Reardon also helped mentor Bacchus to second team All-Conference honors and corner Rodney Badger to third team All-Conference accolades in 2005. In 2006 under Reardon's guidance, Bacchus was a first team All-Conference choice and third team All-American.
Reardon came to Villanova after a three-year stint as an assistant at Lafayette College where he was the secondary coach, recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator. Prior to Lafayette, he was the Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach at Siena College from 1996-98. His first college job was from 1994-96 at the University of Albany. As a player at Lafayette, Reardon was a two-time All-Patriot League performer, a four-year letterwinner and a team captain.
Reardon and his wife, Tiffany, reside in Margate, N.J. with their nine-year old daughter, Molly, and six-year old son Jack.