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Two-Time NFL All-Pro Villarrial Named Red Flash Offensive Coordinator
Saint Francis University head football coach Dave Opfar announced Friday that NFL veteran Chris Villarrial has been named the Red Flash’s offensive coordinator.
A native of Hummelstown, Pa., Villarrial played collegiate football for Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was a three-time All-American. Named a team captain and MVP, he won the Jim Langer Award for Best Offensive Lineman in Division II in 1995. After graduating from IUP with a degree in special education and a minor in rehabilitation, Villarrial was selected by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL draft.
Villarrial spent 11 seasons in the NFL with the Bears and the Buffalo Bills and was an integral part of the offensive line for both teams. During his tenure with the Bears from 1995-2004, he was twice chosen as an all-pro while playing right guard and center. Villarrial played in 155 games and made 148 starts during his career.
Upon leaving the NFL in 2007, Villarrial took the position of assistant coach for the Central Cambria High School football team. While with the Red Devils, he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach and also ran the team’s strength and conditioning program.
“We are very excited for Chris to join our Red Flash family,” said Opfar, who will be in his eight season at the helm of the team in 2009. “He is a great addition to our staff and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. He is a great example of the success a student-athlete at this level can achieve.”
By Saint Francis University Sports Information