Joe Moglia Officially Named Virginia Destroyers Head Coach, President
The former Dartmouth defensive coordinator has reestablished himself in the world of college football by joining the University of Nebraska staff as an executive adviser to head football coach Bo Pelini.
The Virginia Destroyers, a name chosen by fans in an online vote, will kick off the 2011 season at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, which will be expanded.
"I am proud to be named the head coach of the Virginia Destroyers," said Moglia in a press release. "That has been my goal and is where my heart, passion and skill sets lie. The head coach is your CEO. He is your leader of the program for players, fans and the community and I have been doing that at a national and global level for the last two decades.
"I have spent my entire life coaching, both in business and for 18 years coaching football. I know football, but what I really know is how to bring together a team, a program and an organization in a way that enables them to win. I have done that my entire life. I am ready to do that on the football field."
Joining Moglia will be veteran NFL coach Tom Olivadotti, who will become the defensive coordinator. Olivadotti has had roles with the Houston Texans (2004-05), New York Giants (2000-03), Minnesota Vikings (1996-99), Miami Dolphins (1987- 1995), and Cleveland Browns (1985-1986) as defensive coordinator, linebackers coach and defensive backs coach.
Moglia has not coached football in 27 years, when he was defensive coordinator at Dartmouth University. He won two Ivy League championships before pursuing a career on Wall Street. He joined Nebraska football in 2009.
Despite his inexperience, Moglia has received praise.
"Joe has been a great asset to our football program," said Pelini. "Our entire football staff at Nebraska has learned a lot from him. He is a phenomenal person and leader, and a very driven person. Joe has sacrificed a lot to chase his dream of being a head coach, and I am happy for him that this opportunity has come along. He will be a great leader for that organization, and positive presence in the UFL."
Added UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue, "We have and a new head coach who is a proven winner both on and off the field. He will bring a unique perspective to the game that we believe will enable the Virginia Destroyers to be successful."