UConn head coach Randy Edsall continues to put his staff together. Billy Crocker has been named the new defensive coordinator of the Huskies.
Randy Edsall is tirelessly working to make UConn football relevant again.
The latest addition to the staff is defensive coordinator Billy Crocker, who has been serving in the same role for Villanova since 2012.
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Crocker is a Connecticut native who graduated from Villanova, where he would end up coaching after a short time at Albany. He coached the defensive line for five years and then moved to special teams coordinator/linebackers in 2011 before the promotion to defensive coordinator.
In 2016, the Wildcats finished as the best in FCS in points and yards allowed per game. ‘Nova has had one of the better defenses in the country during his tenure, and he will help with UConn’s recruiting in New Jersey.
Earlier on Friday, UConn announced the addition of Curome Cox as defensive backs coach. Cox played at Maryland and had been coaching defensive backs and special teams at Coastal Carolina. Just a few days ago, Edsall was able to land Auburn’s Rhett Lashlee to be his offensive coordinator, which was a real coup.
Bob Diaco was fired from UConn after going 11-26 at the school, including a 3-9 record in 2016. The Huskies opted to bring back Edsall, who went 74-70 and essentially put UConn football on the map in his first tenure. Diaco, meanwhile, is expected to serve as Nebraska’s defensive coordinator in 2017.