BRIDGEWATER, Va. – After a stellar first season directing the Bridgewater Eagles defensive line unit, assistant coach Roberto Pinilla has been promoted to the Eagles' vacant full-time position on the football coaching staff in an announcement made by head coach Michael Clark.
This past season, Pinilla directed a Bridgewater defensive line that boasted the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Defensive Player of the Year and the Richmond Times Dispatch/Richmond Touchdown Club Defensive Lineman of the Year, Joel Francis.
Under Pinilla's direction, the Eagles defensive line group aided the defense to an impressive turnaround. Bridgewater led the ODAC in nearly every defensive category during the 2012 season.
"I appreciated the personal sacrifices Roberto made to help us in the 2012 season. An improved defensive effort was a major player in the improvement the 2012 team showed, said Clark. "This promotion will give us continuity on the defensive side of the ball that we have been lacking the past couple of years. Losing three senior starters on the defensive front will make defensive line development important to us in 2013. His experience and energy can provide the leadership this group will need moving forward. We look forward to his entire family joining the Bridgewater College community."
Prior to his time with the Eagles, Pinilla was an all-conference football player at West Georgia University and brings Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, formerly Division I-AA) experience to the fold.
In his coaching career, Pinilla has served as a defensive line coach at three schools, including The Citadel and Furman. Most recently, he served as the defensive line coach at Presbyterian College in South Carolina. Pinilla is a graduate of West Georgia University with a bachelor of science in mathematics.
Bridgewater finished the 2012 season with a 7-3 overall record.