Beginning his third season as coach of the Green Wave cornerbacks, Bill D'Ottavio is in his second season as the Tulane assistant head coach. In addition to tutoring a talented group of Wave corners, D'Ottavio handles several administrative duties for head coach Chris Scelfo and the Tulane program.
D'Ottavio's 2006 unit features Tulane's leading returning tackler in senior Israel Route, who is also the lone starter returning in the secondary from 2005. In fact, Route is the only linebacker
A product of Roxbury, N.J., D'Ottavio arrived at Tulane in July 2004 after five years at the University of Central Florida, including the last two as defensive coordinator. His 2002 defense featured three first-team All-Mid-American Conference players, while linebacker Tito Rodriguez, who earned honorable mention All-America honors, ranked second in the country in tackles per game in 2001.
Prior to his stint at UCF, where he coached with current Wave defensive line coach Zo Costantini, D'Ottavio spent 1997 and 1998 as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at his alma mater, Millersville University. In two seasons at the Division II school, D'Ottavio helped the Marauders to a 15-5 record, and the 1998 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Championship.
D'Ottavio was the secondary coach at Middle Tennessee State University in 1995 and 1996 where MTSU compiled a 15-9 record in two seasons. In addition to working with the secondary, he coached several of the special teams units.
From 1989-1994, D'Ottavio was on the staff at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he was the defensive backs coach from 1989-92 before moving to defensive coordinator and defensive line coach in 1993. During that time, IUP boasted one of the top defensive units in Division II football, including ranking second in the nation in rushing defense and total defense in 1993. The Indians compiled a record of 65-11-1 during D'Ottavio's time there and advanced to the Division II national semifinals five times in his six seasons. IUP played in the Division II National Championship game in 1990 and in 1993. They won five straight PSAC Western Division Championships.
He went to Indiana after two seasons as a graduate assistant at Pittsburgh, where he worked with the Panthers' defense and special teams. Pitt went to the Bluebonnet Bowl in 1987 during his time there.
Following his playing career at Millersville, D'Ottavio began his coaching career at his alma mater as a student and then graduate assistant in 1985 and 1986. He earned his bachelor's degree from the school in 1986.
Birthdate: August 15, 1963
Birthplace: Roxbury, N.J.
Hometown: Roxbury, N.J.
|1995-96||Middle Tennessee State|
|1989-94||Indiana Univ. (Pa.)|
1987 Bluebonnet - Coach
College: Millersville, 1986
High School: Roxbory (N.J.), 1982