Billy Crocker promoted to defensive coordinator
Villanova hosted Delaware on November 19, 2011 in the first American football game played at PPL Park.
A newcomer to the Villanova staff in 2011 is Dave Sollazzo who will serve as the team's defensive line coach. Sollazzo brings 33 years of coaching experience to the Main Line, including 25 seasons at the Division I level. During his coaching career, Sollazzo has coached in 10 bowl games and two NCAA playoff games.
Sollazzo comes to Villanova from the University of Maryland where he served as defensive line coach for the past 10 seasons. He was also the Terrapin recruiting coordinator for the previous five years. During his last four years at Maryland, the Terps signed 72 student-athletes ranked among the top 100 nationally at their positions, including 17 All-Americans.
Last season at Maryland, Sollazzo guided defensive lineman Joe Vellano to second team All-ACC honors and he helped the Terrapins to the second biggest turn around in the country going from 2-10 in 2009 to 9-4 in 2010. Maryland closed out the 2010 campiagn with a victory over East Carolina in the Military Bowl.
Prior to his 10-year stint at Maryland, Sollazzo spent two seasons (1999-00) as the defensive tackles coach at Georgia Tech. Before he arrived at Georgia Tech, Sollazzo was the defensive line coach at his alma mater, The Citadel, from 1989-98. As a player, Sollazzo was a defensive lineman at The Citadel from 1973-76.
From a recruiting standpoint, Sollazzo will recruit New York and Northern New Jersey. Sollazzo and his wife Ellen reside in Phoenixville, Pa., with their eight-year old son Christopher.