Joe Battaglia | United States Naval Academy

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Team: United States Naval Academy
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Defensive Quality Control Analyst


Joe Battaglia enters his third year as a defensive analyst for the football team.  

Battaglia came to Navy after spending two seasons as the Defensive Coordinator at Bethany College in West Virginia.

In 2016, Battaglia tutored one of the finest defensive players in school history. Linebacker Donavan Hayden, who ranked second in all of NCAA Division III with 142 tackles (14.2 tackles per game), was named an AFCA Second-Team All-American, earned PAC Defensive Player of the Year, ECAC South D-III Defensive Player of the Year and was named a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, presented to the nation’s top small-college defensive player.

As a team, the Bison led the PAC with 32 forced turnovers, including a league-best plus-14 turnover margin against opponents, and ranked third in sacks with 34. Second-team All-PAC selection Khalid Pierce led the squad with 6.5 sacks, while Hayden’s 20.0 tackles for loss were a league-high.

Helping the Bison earn a .500 record in 2015, Battaglia led the Bethany defense to a fifth-place ranking in opponents’ rushing yards per game. The Green & White also ranked third in the conference in total sacks, racking up 34 on the season.    

Following the 2015 campaign, a total of eight Bison defenders were selected as All-Presidents Athletic Conference selections, including first-team defensive end Nadim Raddar. In Battaglia’s first season, Raddar finished the year ranked second in the conference in sacks (12). He also earned First-Team All-ECAC honors.    

Battaglia came to Bethany after serving as the defensive coordinator of Brevard College, a Division II institution in the Southern Athletic Conference (SAC). During that season, Battaglia helped the Tornadoes rank fourth in the conference in passing yards allowed per game (166.5). Battaglia also helped lead senior linebacker Michael Gruber to a First-Team All-Conference selection after he averaged 10.3 tackles per game and totaled 113 during the season.   

Prior to his stint with the Tornadoes, Battaglia served at Midwestern State University, a Division II member of the Lone Star Conference. Battaglia spent his time at MSU with the defensive backs while also assisting the defensive coordinator. Under his tutelage, the Mustangs ranked first in the LSC in interceptions, as well as passing yardage defense and pass efficiency defense. He also coached two different athletes to all-conference honors, including First-Team All-LSC safety Marqui Christian and Taiyon Jackson.   

Before his time with the Mustangs, Battaglia made stops at both Stevenson University as well as Juniata College. In his two seasons at Juniata, Battaglia served as the defensive coordinator, helping the defense improve in each of his two seasons. When he took over the helm of the “D”, he dropped the team’s opponent’s points per game from 41.1 in 2010 to 32.3 in 2011, then to 25.6 in 2012. 

In January of 2017, Battaglia helped the United States Under-18 Select Team earn a 21-7 win over Team Ontario Under-18 in the International Bowl held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Battaglia coached the defensive line for the U.S. team, which accounted for 10 sacks and helped hold Ontario to an average of three yards per play.

In January of 2018, Battaglia was the head coach of the Under-16 National Team that defeated Mexico, 47-0, in the International Bowl.

Battaglia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management from Guliford College in 2008, where he was a four-year letterwinner for the football program. He and his wife, Kimberly, reside in Annapolis.

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