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Richard Villani Football, Track & Field Class of 1981
Richard James Villani was a four-year letterman in football and track and field during his Bethany career. On the gridiron, he was a four-year starter and three-time All-PAC selection. An Honorable Mention all-conference selection as a sophomore and junior, he earned First Team laurels as a senior and was also recognized as a two-time All-District honoree. Villani led Bethany in tackles and interceptions in his final two years on the field and came back in 1980 to serve as a student assistant coach for the Bison, who went a perfect 9-0 in the regular season and won the PAC title that season.
As a thrower for the Bethany track and field team, Villani earned third place in the javelin at PAC Championships as a freshman. He later served as captain of the track team and owned the school record in the javelin.
On campus at Bethany, Villani was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and graduated in 1981. He has continued to live an active lifestyle since graduating from Bethany, as he’s been a professional certified trainer for 25 years and owns “Everyday Nutrition & Café.” In addition, Villani has 21 years of playing experience in the United States Flag and Touch Football League (USFTL) and after earning seven All-American awards through the organization, was elected to its Hall of Fame in 2008. He has also competed in the All Natural Body Building Conference.
A graduate of Penn Hills, High School near Pittsburgh, Villani now resides in Pittsburgh and has four children (Richard, Brooke, Olivia, Chase).