Roc Bellantoni
Roc  Bellantoni

Defensive Coordinator/LB

Alma Mater:
Iona, '93


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Coaching Experience

2014 - Florida Atlantic University (Defensive Coordinator/LB)
2012-13 - Villanova University (Special Teams Coordinator/DL)
2007-11 - Eastern Illinois University (Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/LB/DL)
2002-07 - Eastern Illinois University (Defensive Coordinator/LB)
2001-02 - Eastern Illinois University (DL/Recruiting Coordinator)
2000 - Drake University (Defensive Coordinator/LB)
1998-99 - Drake University (Assistant Coach/DL)
1995-97 - Buena Vista University (Assistant Coach/DL)
1993-94 - Mamaroneck High School (Assistant Coach/OL/DL)

Bowl /Post-Season Games Coached
2012 - FCS Playoffs (Villanova)
2009 - FCS Playoffs- (Eastern Illinois)
2007 - FCS Playoffs- (Eastern Illinois)
2006 - FCS Playoffs- (Eastern Illinois)
2005 - FCS Playoffs- (Eastern Illinois)
2002 - FCS Playoffs- (Eastern Illinois)
2001 - FCS Playoffs- (Eastern Illinois)

Playing Experience
Defensive Tackle, University of Massachusetts (1988) Iona College (1990-92)

Born: March 2, 1970
Hometown: Port Chester, NY
Education: Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, Iona 1993
Marital Status: Jenny
Family: Sons Gino (13), Marco (12), and twins Ricky and Nico (9)

At Florida Atlantic

Roc Bellantoni joined the staff in December of 2014 with the task of replacing a defense that had flourished the year before behind the efforts two linebackers and a corner who continued their careers on NFL rosters. Not an easy request, but he did so behind the efforts of returning all-conference selections D'Joun Smith, at corner, and Andrae Kirk, at linebacker. Both players had been consistent starters during their four-year playing career and both were accustomed to adjustments with Bellantoni being their fourth defensive coordinator in four seasons. Kirk led the Owls in tackles with 103 tackles and became the program's all-time tackle assists leader, while Smith had a team leading eight passes defended and 53 tackles. Often times, the duo were two of the three seniors on the field. Kirk ended the season ranked No. 3 among C-USA tacklers and No. 60 nationally. Smith was No. 16 nationally in kick returns and No. 43 in recovered fumbles. Bellantoni used a steady stream of players throughout 2014 both to gain experience for the younger players and to keep fresh players on the field. The defensive side of the ball also worked through injuries, losing and experienced defensive lineman and a linebacker to season ending injuries. Named Conference USA Recruiter of the Year by

At Villanova
Roc Bellantoni coached two seasons at Villanova. While at Villanova he focused on the Wildcats defensive line and served as special teams coordinator. His recruiting area was Florida.

The 2013 Villanova team finished the season ranked No. 6 in the NCAA SRS rankings. He coached All-CAA defensive lineman Rakim Cox and Antoine Lewis as well as All-CAA punter Mark Hamilton.

In 2012, Bellantoni had four players earn All-CAA honors. On defense, nose guard Antoine Lewis and defensive end Rakim Cox were both first team All-Conference honorees and senior defensive end Marlon Johnson was a second team selection. On special teams, sophomore Poppy Livers garnered third team All-CAA distinction as a punt returner. Bellantoni's 2012 punt return unit led the CAA with a return average of 16.8 per game. Villanova won the CAA championship and received the automatic bid to the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs.

Eastern Illinois
He served as an assistant from 2001-11 while working his way up the storied program's coaching ladder to associate head coach. He was the defensive coordinator from 2002-11 and the associate head coach from 2007-11. Bellantoni helped Eastern Illinois win five Ohio Valley Conference Championships (2009, 2006, 2005, 2002, and 2001) and make six NCAA playoff appearances. During the 2007 season, he served as Acting Head Coach for the final regular season game and the first round FCS playoff game. During the 2006 campaign, his defense led the nation in turnovers forced with 36. Throughout his tenure as the Eastern Illinois defensive coordinator, Bellantoni coached three Ohio Valley Conference Defenders of the Year, including Donald Thomas (2006), Clint Sellers (2005) and Nick Ricks (2002).

Drake University
First collegiate coordinating experience came as the Defensive Coordinator at Drake University. In 2000, Drake earned a share of the Pioneer League title as Bellantoni's defense forced 26 turnovers and tallied 36 sacks that season. He also was a part of the 1998 Drake team that captured the conference championship.

High School Coaching Experience
Bellantoni began his coaching career at Mamoroneck High School High School in New York in 1993 and 1994. His first college job came at Buena Vista University in Iowa in 1995.

Playing Career
Iona College (1990-1993) - three-year letter winner at defensive tackle. University of Massachusetts (1988)- redshirted as a member of the Yankee Conference Championship team.

Professional Players Coached
Pierre Walters (DE- Kansas City Chiefs free agent)
Kory Lothe (DE- St. Louis Rams free agent)
Roosevelt Holliday (DT- NY Jets free agent)
Fred Miller (LB- St. Louis Rams free agent)
Adam Nelson (LS- Kansas City Chiefs free agent)
Rakim Cox (DE- Minnesota Vikings free agent)