Harvard Coach Tried To Run Over Pregnant Ex?

One of the most effective ways to find blog posts is to go a Google News search on “football” and “arrested.” It never fails. But it’s usually pretty pedestrian stuff. But throw in an Ivy League school, and attempted feticide, and I’ve stuck gold.

Joe Villapiano

A Harvard assistant coach has been charged with trying to run over his pregnant ex-girlfriend with his car, a culmination of months of alleged stalking. She’s also claiming his Harvard connections are protecting him. It’s the most obvious soap opera plot ever.

The woman says she met Joe Villapiano, who coaches running backs for Harvard, while she was a student. So that’s a cautionary tale for girls who go to the Ivies to land a husband.

When she got pregnant, she decided to end their relationship.

“I felt it was time to break up with him,” she said.

She said that angered Villapiano and claimed it’s why he began harassing, calling and coming to her apartment.

She said the harassment escalated near her South End apartment last month when Villapiano tried to run her down in his car.

“And I heard this car accelerating, and I turned to look where this car was coming from. And it didn’t look like it was going to stop,” she said. “If I hadn’t stepped out of the position I was in, yes I would have been (hit).”

Villapiano was arrested and charged with violating a restraining order and assault and battery with a deadly weapon. The woman says it’s been an uphill battle trying to punish a Harvard man.

“People say where he works doesn’t matter, but I’m finding the legal system is more interested in who he is and not what he’s done,” she said.