Liberty University Head Football Coach Danny Rocco Quick Facts
Biographical Information Birth date: July 16, 1960 Wife: Julie Children: Two - David (16) and Amy (14) Hometown: Huntington, Pa. College: Wake Forest, 1984
Record at Liberty: 19-8 (Third season) Overall Record: 19-8 (Third season)
Coaching Experience: 2005-Present : Liberty (head coach) 2003-05: Virginia (associate head
coach/linebackers) 2001-02: Virginia (assistant head
coach/linebackers/recruiting coordinator) 2000: New York Jets (assistant
linebackers/special teams) 1998-99: Maryland (outside
linebackers/assistant special teams) 1997: Texas (special teams
coordinator/defensive ends) 1994-96: Texas (outside linebackers) 1991-93: Boston College (defensive line) 1988-90: Tulsa (outside linebackers) 1987: Colorado (assistant linebackers) 1986: Wake Forest (defensive line) 1984-85: Wake Forest (defensive
Bowl Games As A Player: 1983: Mirage Bowl (Wake Forest) 1980: Fiesta Bowl (Penn State) 1979: Liberty Bowl (Penn State)
Bowl Games As A Coach: 2005: Music City Bowl (Virginia) 2004: MPC Computers Bowl (Virginia) 2003: Continental Tire Bowl (Virginia) 2002: Continental Tire Bowl (Virginia) 1996: Fiesta Bowl (Texas) 1995: Sugar Bowl (Texas) 1994: Sun Bowl (Texas) 1993: Carquest Bowl (Boston College) 1992: Hall of Fame Bowl (Boston College) 1989: Independence Bowl (Tulsa)
Championships Won: 1996: Big XII Conference (Texas) 1995: Southwest Conference (Texas) 1994: Southwest Conference (Texas)
Coaching Honors: 2006: Big South Coach of the Year
Attending to the National Numbers
Following back-to-back sellout crowds at Williams Stadium in the Flames’ first two games of the year, Liberty ranks as one of the nation’s elite in terms of home attendance figures. The Flames rank No. 5 nationally among FCS programs in filling stadium capacity (121.78 percent), No. 14 in average home attendance (14,614) and tied for No. 25 in total home attendance (29,228).
Saturday Night Lights
Under head coach Danny Rocco, the Flames are 11-3 in night games. Since 1976, Liberty has compiled a 53-65-3 in night games.
In Broad Daylight
Under head coach Danny Rocco, the Flames are 7-5 in games played during the day. Since 1976, Liberty is 111-112-1 in day games.
Natural Versus Artificial Surfaces
Under head coach Danny Rocco, the Flames are 14-6 on artificial turf and 4-2 on natural grass. Overall, Liberty is 96-107-4 on natural grass and 74-74 on artificial turf. The Flames play their home games at Williams Stadium, which has an artificial surface, as new state-of-the-art FieldTurf was installed prior to the start of the 2006 season. Liberty has posted a 12-2 record at home since the new surface was installed.
The Flames enter today’s game having posted a 3-5 record in overtime games. Liberty’s last overtime game came on Sept. 15, 2007, when the Flames dropped a 48-41 decision to William & Mary in double overtime in Williamsburg, Va.
Liberty has only played two of its eight overtime games away from Williams Stadium. Liberty’s first extra-period game was a 34-28 road lost to Morgan State on Sept. 21, 1996. Liberty’s last victory in an overtime contest came on Nov. 22, 2003, when it closed out the 2003 campaign with a 49-42 win over Hofstra.
Raising Up No. 71
Prior to the start of the Flames’ contest against Tusculum on Sept. 1, 2007, Liberty ceremonially honored founder Dr. Jerry Falwell, who passed away the previous May, by starting a new game day tradition. Members of the University Police force raised a No. 71 flag underneath the Liberty Flames flag above the South end zone, just prior to the team taking the field, bringing the 14,925 fans in attendance to their feet.
The new tradition has become a permanent part of the Flames’ pregame ceremonies at all home football games. A different person/group will receive the honor of raising the flag at each game. Today’s honorees are members of the SAAC, Liberty’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which is a leadership team comprised of two members from each Flames athletics program.
This year’s honorees: Aug. 30 (North Greenville) – Jerry Falwell, Jr., LU President and Chancellor Sept. 6 (Glenville State) – Josh McDougal, former LU cross country/track and field standout Oct. 11 (Stony Brook) – SAAC, LU’s Student- Athlete Advisory Committee
Back in the Big South
Liberty is in the midst of its seventh season of competition in Big South Conference action today. Since beginning league play in 2002, Liberty has posted a 14-10 Big South record, thanks to a perfect 4-0 championship record in 2007 and back-to- back 3-1 records in 2003 and 2004.
Liberty series records against Big South schools since 2002
Note: Elon was a member of the Big South in 2002 with Elon defeating Liberty.
Sack It to Them
Liberty captured its first-ever Big South championship last year, sweeping through the conference with an unblemished 4-0 league record. Liberty was the fifth program in league history to finish a conference campaign undefeated, winning its Big South games by more than 30 points per game (47.8 average points scored to 17.0 average points allowed).
The Flames were only able to get to Coastal Carolina quarterback Zach MacDowall twice last Saturday, ending a run of three- straight contests where Liberty had finished with three or more sacks in a game. Liberty has recorded 13 sacks during the first five games of the year, ranking No. 24 in sacks per game (2.6).
Danny Rocco’s Weekly
Media Interview Opportunities Tuesday 10:40 - Big South Conference
Coaches Teleconference 1:00 - Weekly Press Conference
Williams FB Operations Center Wednesday 5:45 - Post-practice interviews Thursday 5:45 - Post-practice interviews