Joe Villapiano
Joe Villapiano
Title: Assistant Coach - Wide Receivers
Phone: (617) 495-2207
Email: [email protected]
Previous College: Connecticut 2002
Recruits: Recruiting Areas: Arizona, California
Experience: 12th Season

Joe Villapiano, Harvard’s wide receivers coach, is in his 12th season as a member of the Crimson coaching staff in 2016.

Villapiano recruits the western section of the United States, including California and Arizona. He returned to coaching the wide receivers in 2012 after spending the previous four years with the running backs. He has served previous stints coaching the wide receivers and the defensive backs.

At the conclusion of the 2015 season, Harvard’s wide receivers helped the team average 303.5 passing yards per game. The unit helped Harvard post a 9-1 record and win the ninth-consecutive meeting against Yale en route to the program’s 17th championship overall. Freshman Justice Shelton-Mosely was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, as well as earning second team honors as a wide receiver. 

In the fall of 2014, Harvard's wide receivers helped the Crimson average 230.9 passing yards per game, as well as 461.4 total yards per contest, good for 19th in the nation. This unit helped the Crimson post a perfect 10-0 record en route to the program's second straight Ivy title and 16th championship overall.

During the 2013 season, Villapiano's receiving corps contributed to Harvard's 15th Ivy League title by helping a passing attack that ranked seventh nationally in passing efficiency (155.38 rating), 18th in scoring offense (37.3) and 32nd in total offense (426.1 yards per game). 

In 2012, Harvard's receivers aided the fourth-best passing attack in the nation with a passing efficiency rating of 157.25. They also helped the Crimson rank third in total offense (387.5 yards per game), fourth in scoring offense (39.4) and 19th in yards per game (273.20). 

From 2008 to ’11, Villapiano coached the team's running backs, including Ivy League Player of the Year Gino Gordon ’11 in 2010. He also coached Ivy Rookie of the Year Treavor Scales ’13 in 2009. Gordon and Scales each earned three All-Ivy honors under Villapiano, and Scales claimed his fourth All-Ivy nod in 2012.

Villapiano coached the Crimson defensive backs from 2006 to ’08. All four of Harvard's defensive backs were named All-Ivy League in 2007, with three of them, Steven Williams ’08, Andrew Berry ’09 and Doug Hewlett ’08, earning first-team status. In 2008, three Crimson defensive backs earned all-league accolades, while cornerback Matthew Hanson earned the selection as Ivy Rookie of the Year.

Williams would set his name apart as Harvard's all-time interceptions leader. His eight picks in 2007 tied a single-season record for the Crimson and gave him sole possession of first place on the all-time list with 16. Named first team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association, Williams went on to represent his home state in the Texas versus The Nation All-Star game in El Paso, Texas.

Berry meanwhile, capped an All-America career by twice being named an Academic All-American while also earning the FCS Scholar-Athlete of the Year award as a senior and graduating with two degrees in just four years.

Villapiano came to Cambridge in 2005 after spending two years on the staff at the University of Connecticut, where he coordinated the offensive scout team and analyzed game video of opponents' offenses.

Villapiano joined the staff at Connecticut following his four-year playing career in Storrs. He caught five passes for 47 yards in his career and holds the distinction of having scored the final Connecticut touchdown in Memorial Stadium, the team's former home facility.

He earned the team's Student-Athlete Award as a senior.

Villapiano earned a bachelor's degree in math education from Connecticut in 2003 and added a master's degree in education in 2005. His uncle, Phil, was a four-time Pro Bowl linebacker with the Oakland Raiders and was a member of Oakland's Super Bowl XI championship team.

In addition to his work with the Crimson football program, Villapiano and his former high school teammates are active in the formation of a company called iB-LIEVE, which is designed to empower individuals and teams using belief, positive attitude and positive action.