A familiar face returns to Villanova in 2017, as Ross Pennypacker joins the coaching staff as the Wildcats defensive line coach. He previously was a graduate assistant and assistant coach for the program from 2006-07. Pennypacker will recruit a number of local schools, and his primary recruiting area will consist of Pennsylvania (Districts 2, 4, 11) and New York (Sections 3, 4, 5, 6). He will also recruit nationally in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Pennypacker spent the previous four seasons as the Defensive Coordinator and safeties coach at Kutztown. While coaching the Bears, he mentored 15 defensive players who earned All-PSAC honors. Pennypacker's defenses tallied three shutouts and ranked in the top half of the PSAC in rushing defense and turnover margin. Kutztown led the PSAC in red zone defense in 2014 and ranked in the top three in the league in total defense and turnover margin. Perhaps even more impressively, the Bears were 15-1 during Pennypacker's time on staff when the defense held opponents to fewer than 24 points.
Before his coaching stint at Kutztown, Pennypacker was an assistant coach for three years at Bucknell. He coached the team's linebackers in 2011 and 2012 after guiding the safeties in his first season on the staff. Pennypacker was also the cornerbacks coach at Cornell from 2008-09. He began his coaching career in 2005 at his alma mater, Millersville, where he played and coached under current Villanova defensive coordinator Joe Trainer.
A linebacker as a player, Pennypacker went on to serve as a student assistant and worked with both the outside linebackers and the safeties. He also was an intern assistant at Allegheny College, where he worked with the outside linebackers. During his first stint at Villanova, Pennypacker's duties included serving as the Wildcats video coordinator and assisting with the defensive backs. He helped Villanova to a 6-5 mark in 2006 and a 7-4 record in 2007.
Pennypacker is a 2005 graduate of Millersville with a degree in social sciences. He and his wife, Lisa, reside in Flemington, N.J.