STORRS, CONN. —Billy Crocker has been named the defensive coordinator at the University of Connecticut, it was announced Saturday morning by head coach Randy Edsall.
“I am very excited to have Billy join our staff as the defensive coordinator,” said Edsall. “When you research the work that he has done the past several years with the Villanova defense, the productivity and improvement is unprecedented. I am thrilled to bring the Connecticut native back to work with us here at UConn.”
Crocker agreed to a three-year contract at a base salary of $300,000.
Crocker completed his 12th year at Villanova in 2016 and his fifth as the team’s Defensive Coordinator. After coaching the defensive line for five seasons, Crocker was elevated to linebackers coach and Special Teams Coordinator for the 2011 season, before earning the Defensive Coordinator title in 2012. Crocker was in his second stint at Villanova. From 2001-02, he was the team’s defensive assistant.
When Crocker took over the Villanova defense in 2012, the Wildcats were coming off a season in which they had allowed 30.6 points per game, 90th nationally. In 2012, Crocker cut that number to 20.9 points allowed (Top 25 nationally) and by 2016, he was coaching the nation’s top-ranked defensive unit at the FCS level.
In the 2016 season, Crocker’s defense led the nation in FCS in total defense at 259.9 yards allowed and was also No. 1 in scoring defense at 15.0 points per game allowed. His defensive unit was also third nationally in red zone defense and fourth nationally in rushing defense at 87.6 rush yards allowed per game.
In 2015, Crocker’s defense gave up 18.4 points per game which ranked 11th nationally. The Wildcats also ranked second in the Colonial Athletic Association in total defense at 309.1 yards per game which was good enough for 16th in the national statistics. In addition, Villanova ranked fourth in the country in 2015 in red zone defense allowing 18 scores in 31 attempts.
In 2014, Crocker’s defense gave up 22.1 points per game and ranked eighth nationally in rushing defense at 106.7 yards per contest. The Wildcat defense also ranked in the Top 25 in three other categories in the national statistics, including turnovers forced (17th), tackles for loss (23rd) and opponent third down percentage (25th).
Crocker is a native of Waterford, Conn., and a graduate of Waterford High School. Crocker was honored in 2014 as the Person of the Year by The Southeastern Connecticut Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.
Crocker came to Villanova from the University at Albany where he coached the running backs from 2003-04. During his stint at Albany, Crocker helped Albany to the 2003 NEC championship.
Crocker attended the United States Coast Guard Academy from 1997-2001 where he was a three-year letterwinner as a defensive back in football and a one-year letterwinner during his freshman year in baseball. He is a 2002 graduate of Villanova University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Crocker also owns a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Development & Instructional Technology from the University at Albany.
Crocker and his wife Kristina have three children, a son Ryan and a set of twins, Will and Bryn.