Susquehanna Mourns Loss of Former Defensive Coordinator Rocco Salomone

Susquehanna Mourns Loss of Former Defensive Coordinator Rocco Salomone

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Susquehanna University is mourning the loss of former defensive coordinator Rocco Salomone, who passed away at his home the morning of Feb. 4 after a battle with cancer. Salomone was the Crusaders' defensive coordinator this past season, his first year with the program.

"Rocco's passing hit me hard," said Steve Briggs, who was the Crusaders' head coach during Salomone's stint at Susquehanna. "Working with and getting to know Rocco and his family in the short time that he was with us was very special to me. He was a great guy, coach and friend. He was terrific with the players. Most specifically, Rocco left his mark here by how great a person he was to everyone."

Salomone came to Susquehanna following a highly successful tenure at SUNY Brockport (1995-2012) where he became the winningest head coach in program history. Salomone compiled a 103-80-1 overall record and led the Golden Eagles to four consecutive NCAA Division III playoff appearances (2000-03). His 2002 squad went 10-3 and reached the NCAA Division III quarterfinals and Salomone was named the Northeast Region Coach of the Year.

"While Rocco was only on our coaching staff for one season, he made a significant, positive impact both on and off the field," Susquehanna Director of Athletics Pam Samuelson said. "Rocco was an outstanding football coach and an even better person. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Crusader staff go out to Rocco's family."

Salomone is survived by his wife, Kelly, daughters Cecilia and Victoria and son Joey.