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Now in the third year of his second stint on Jim Margraff's staff is Frank Colaprete, who serves as the team's defensive coordinator. Colaprete previously served as an assistant coach for Margraff from 2001-06 and spent the last two of those seasons as the defensive coordinator before spending three years as the defensive line coach at Georgetown.
Colaprete's defense played a key role in JHU's success over the last two years, during which the Blue Jays compiled an 18-4 record, claimed two Centennial Conference titles and advanced to the NCAA playoffs last season.
The Blue Jay defense was among the nation's finest in 2011 as JHU finished in the top 25 nationally in total defense (10th), scoring defense (12th), pass defense (17th), sacks (21st) and rushing defense (25th). The success of Colaprete's defense in 2011 came on the heels of a highly-successful campaign in 2010 as JHU ranked among the top three in the Centennial Conference in scoring defense (1st), total defense (3rd) and rushing defense (2nd) last season. The Blue Jays finished among the top 40 nationally in each of those categories as well.
The honors have been plentiful for Colaprete's defensive players over the last two years as 11 players earned All-Centennial honors and eight grabbed CoSIDA Academic All-District honors during that time. In his three seasons at Georgetown, Colaprete coached two All-Patriot League defensive linemen and had one of his players selected to participate in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star game. In addition, one of his linemen earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors.
During Colaprete's first six seasons at JHU (2001-06), the Blue Jays posted a 47-16 record for the winningest six-year period in school history. The Blue Jays won four straight Centennial Conference Championships, advanced to the NCAA Playoffs for the first time in school history (2005) and won three ECAC titles (2002, 2003, 2004) during his first tenure at Homewood. In fact, JHU's four ECAC titles (2002, 2003, 2004 and 2010) have all come during Colaprete's two tenures at Homewood.
The Blue Jay defense, instrumental in the team's run of success, didn't miss a beat during Colaprete's first campaign as JHU's defensive coordinator in 2005. Hopkins finished 11th in the nation in scorng defense (13.4), 19th in rushing defense (95.3) and 26th in total defense (269.4).
In his first season at JHU, Colaprete helped Johns Hopkins lead the nation in pass efficiency defense and become the first NCAA Division III football team since 1980 to go through an entire season without giving up a touchdown pass. The Blue Jays led the Centennial Conference in passing defense, total defense and scoring defense. During a record-breaking 2002 season, Colaprete coached two players who earned All-Centennial honors, including first-team honoree Matt Campbell.
The success of Colaprete's first two years was just a prelude to 2003, which easily ranked as the most successful season in school history at the time.
The 2003 Blue Jays again led the nation in pass efficiency defense as JHU had 28 interceptions while allowing just two touchdown passes in 11 games. The Blue Jays also ranked among the national leaders in scoring defense (7.0 ppg) and total defense (242.4 ypg).
A pair of Colaprete's defensive backs were honored at the end of the 2003 season as Campbell was named to three All-America teams, earned First Team All-Centennial honors and was named the CC Defensive Player of the Year. Senior cornerback Joe Deluzio was named Second Team All-Centennial.
The Blue Jays once again fashioned one of the top defenses in the nation in 2004 as they held 10 of 11 opponents to 17 points or less and had six players earn All-Centennial honors. Campbell repeated as a First Team All-CC pick, while junior cornerback Adam Colicchio garnered second team status.
A 1996 graduate of John Carroll University, Colaprete served as the defensive backs coach at Allegheny during the 1999 and 2000 seasons. During his two years at Allegheny he coached four players who earned all-conference honors, and the Gators posted a cumulative record of 13-7 (.650).
Prior to his two-year stint at Allegheny Colaprete spent one season as an assistant coach at Garfield High School (OH).
Colaprete earned his master's degree in sports administration from Kent State University, where he served as graduate assistant in the department of recreational services. He and his wife, Jessica, are the parents of an infant son, Dominic.