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Rocco's Contract Extended Two More Years

February 15, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty University has extended head football coach Danny Rocco’s contract through the 2012 season.

Liberty University has extended head football coach Danny Rocco's contract through the 2012 season.

Liberty University Director of Athletics Jeff Barber has announced the University has extended head football coach Danny Rocco's contract two years, inking the head coach through the 2012 season.

Rocco was named the program's seventh head coach on Dec. 2, 2005, and was given a five-year contract at the time of his hiring. The two-year contract extension pushes Rocco's contract back to a five-year deal.

"The foundation of Liberty football is exceptionally strong and needless to say, Danny Rocco has done an outstanding job," said Barber. "Whether it is in the classroom, on the field or on the recruiting trail, he has proven himself a winner. There is no question he is the right person to coach and lead our football program into the future."

During his first two years at the University, Rocco has resurrected the football program from a one-win team to Big South Conference championships.

At the conclusion of the 2005 campaign, Liberty had a 1-10 record and a 0-4 mark in Big South play, prompting a change in direction.

Rocco, who brought over 20 years of football coaching experience to Liberty Mountain, immediately turned the program around during his first year. Liberty posted a 6-5 record in 2006, tying the mark for the best turnaround nationally among NCAA Football Championship Subdivision programs (five-win improvement).

This past year, Rocco completed the transformation when Liberty posted an 8-3 record and an unblemished 4-0 record in Big South play to claim Liberty's first-ever conference title in football.

Liberty has rewritten its record book during the first two years of Rocco's tenure. In 2006, the Flames dominated the defensive side of the field, setting eight defensive records, including fewest points allowed in a season (172 points).

In direct contrast, the Flames had an offensive explosion this past season. Liberty rolled up a school record 469 points scored in 2007, which ranked No. 3 nationally in average points scored per game (42.6).

Flames faithful have flocked to Williams Stadium to see Rocco's squads compete on the gridiron, shattering attendance records along the way. Rocco has coached 12 games at Williams Stadium, with 10 attendance figures tallying higher than 10,000.

Liberty's average home attendance under Rocco is more than the stadium's capacity (12,000), as the Flames have averaged 12,659 fans per home event during the past two years. Liberty has ranked nationally in home attendance during both of Rocco's years, including the 2007 season where Liberty ranked No. 6 in filling stadium capacity.

Rocco has been duly honored for his efforts, being named Big South Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2007, becoming only the second head coach in league history to garner the honor over consecutive years.

Rocco has guided 36 Big South all-conference athletes during his first two years with Liberty, including a league record 22 this past year. The Flames also set program records in 2007 with eight all-state selections and eight All-America honorees.