Duke Greco '03 Steps Down as Head Football Coach to Pursue Same Role at Division II West Chester University
Delaware Valley University head football coach Duke Greco '03 announced his resignation from the University on Wednesday morning after accepting the same position at Division II West Chester University.
Greco was named the head coach of his alma mater prior to the 2014 season after serving as an assistant coach since 2003. He was named the offensive coordinator in 2006, a role he continued to fill throughout his stint as head coach.
"Saying goodbye to DelVal is not an easy thing to do for me or my family, but I am excited for the next opportunity and this next stage of life," said Greco. "I am overcome with gratitude for DelVal and that gratitude extends from the players, the coaches, the alumni, the friends of the program and the staff all the way up to the administration. DelVal is a place that I've called home since I started here as a freshman over 20 years ago and I'm thankful for everything the University has afforded me and for all the support everyone has showed the program."
Greco has been a key cog in the program's turnaround that began in 2003 and saw the Aggies go from last place in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) to conference champions and a perennial NCAA Playoff team for two decades.
As head coach, Greco cemented himself as one of the top college football coaches in the country with an .858 winning percentage (91-15 record) over nine seasons at DelVal that included six NCAA playoff appearances, three trips to the NCAA quarterfinals, six consecutive MAC championships (2017-'23), two Centennial-MAC Bowl Series championships and four MAC Coach of the Year honors. In 2017, Greco was named the Maxwell Football Club Tri-State Coach of the Year after a perfect 10-0 season that resulted in a MAC Championship. That year the Aggies were selected as a top seed in one of the NCAA Playoff brackets and won a pair of home games to reach the quarterfinals.
Since 2016, DelVal football has not lost a conference game. The historic win-streak is the longest of its kind in the history of the MAC and currently sits at 53 wins in a row. Greco finishes his stint as the program's all-time winningest coach.
The move to West Chester will be Greco's second head coach position and his first crack at the Division II ranks.
"We cannot thank Duke enough for 10 years of service to Delaware Valley University, leading our football team to success," said Benjamin Rusiloski, Ph.D., president of DelVal. "In addition to his technical skills as a coach, we are thankful for the role he has played as a mentor to our students, developing leadership skills and community values in supporting our student athletes. We congratulate him on this opportunity to coach at West Chester, a Division II school, and wish him the best for continued success."
Greco has been instrumental in the development of the players on and off the field. He has coached eight student athletes to MAC Player of the Year honors and a total of 143 all-conference honorees. Academically, over 180 student athletes earned a spot on the MAC Academic Honor Roll during Greco's tenure.
"I would like to thank Duke for 10 unbelievable years of service and leadership directing the Delaware Valley football program," said director of athletics Dave Duda. "Under his direction the program has reached unprecedented levels both within the MAC and on the national level. He has truly earned a wonderful opportunity like the one that presented itself at West Chester University. I wish Duke and his family nothing but success in this new opportunity."
Delaware Valley will begin a national search for its new head football coach immediately.