Bill Mottola is in his second season coaching slot backs at The Citadel.
Mottola has coached every offensive position during his career, including a stint as offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky in 2000 when he also coached the offensive line and tight ends.
That season the Hilltoppers finished No. 1 in the nation in passing efficiency and turnover margin, No. 9 in rushing offense and No. 25 in scoring offense. Western Kentucky was the only Division I team in the country that did not throw an interception that season en route to an 11-2 record, an NCAA playoff appearance and a No. 5 ranking in the final USA Today poll of the year.
His most recent stop before coming to The Citadel was at Miami (Ohio) where he coached the offensive line. In 2010, the RedHawks captured the Mid-American Conference championship and went on to win the GoDaddy.com Bowl with a victory over Middle Tennessee. Miami became the first team in NCAA history to go from double digit losses to double digit wins, improving from 1-11 in 2009 to 10-4 the following year.
Mottola began his coaching career at Maine Maritime Academy in 1990 before spending the next three seasons at Vanderbilt. He also coached at the University of the South (1994) and Army (1995-99) before heading to Western Kentucky. He then spent the 2001-05 seasons at Kent State, coached at Palmetto Ridge High School in Naples, Fla., (2006) and was the offensive coordinator at Findlay in 2007-08 before heading to Miami.
During his time at Army, the team twice won national rushing titles (1996 and 1998), played in the 1996 Independence Bowl and ended the 1996 season ranked No. 25 in the final AP poll.
Mottola is a 1989 graduate of Springfield (Mass.) College, earning a bachelor of science degree in physical education and health. He later received his master of education degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt.
His family includes his wife, Jonilea, and children Ciana, Adia and Dominic.