AFCA Announces 2009 National Coach of the Year Winners

The American Football Coaches Association capped its 2010 convention by presenting its top coaching award — AFCA Coach of the Year — to five outstanding coaches.


TCU’s Gary Patterson, Villanova’s Andy Talley, Northwest Missouri State’s Mel Tjeerdsma, Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Lance Leipold and Sioux Falls’ Kalen DeBoer are the 2009 AFCA National Coach of the Year winners. Patterson in the FBS, Talley in the FCS, Tjeerdsma in Division II, Leipold in Division III and DeBoer in NAIA.


The winners are selected by a vote of the Active AFCA members (coaches at four-year schools) in the Association’s five divisions. The AFCA has named a Coach of the Year since 1935. The AFCA Coach of the Year award is the oldest and most prestigious of all the Coach of the Year awards and is the only one chosen exclusively by the coaches themselves.

Gary Patterson led the Horned Frogs to a 12-1 record, the Mountain West Conference title and an appearance in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in 2009. The 12-1 season is the best record in school history. The Frogs also recorded their first perfect regular season since 1938. Patterson has led TCU to 10 or more wins in six of the last eight seasons. He has a nine-year career record of 85-28 (.752).

Talley led the Wilidcats to a 14-1 record, the Colonial Athletic Association title and the Football Championship Subdivision national championship in 2009. The title was the first in football for the school and the 14 wins are a new school record. Talley also earned AFCA Coach fo the Year honors in 1997. He has a career record of 207-120-2 (.632) in 30 years at Villanova and St. Lawrence.

Mel Tjeerdsma led the Bearcats to a 14-1 record, the MIAA championship and the school’s third NCAA Division II title in 2009 to earn AFCA National Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time in his career. Northwest Missouri’s title game appearance in 2009 was its fifth in a row. He has a 26-year career record of 230-80-4 (.739) at Northwest Missouri State and Austin. Tjeerdsma is the career postseason wins leader in Division II football. He previously earned AFCA National Coach of the Year Awards in 1998, 1999 and 2008.

Lance Leipold led Wisconsin-Whitewater to a 15-0 record, its fifth consecutive Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and its second NCAA Division III championship in the last three seasons in 2009. Leipold also earned AFCA Coach of the Year honors in 2007 when he led Whitewater to its first title. Leipold has a three-year career record of 42-3 (.933) at Whitewater. The Warhawks have advanced to the Division III title game in each of Leipold’s first three seasons at the school.

Kalen DeBoer led the Cougars to a 15-0 record, a fifth consecutive Great Plains Athletic Conference title and the NAIA championship this season to earn NAIA National Coach of the Year honors for the third time. The title is the third for DeBoer in five seasons as head coach. USF has reached the NAIA final four times in DeBoer’s five seasons at the helm. He has a five-year career record of 67-3 (.957). DeBoer previously earned AFCA National Coach of the Year honors in 2006 and 2008.

 

AFCA Coach of the Year Bios

Football Bowl Subdivision
Gary Patterson, TCU: First AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Horned Frogs to a 13-0/12-1 record, the Mountain West Conference title and a victory/appearance in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl this season ... The 13-0/12-1 season is the best record in school history ... The Frogs also recorded their first perfect regular/full season since 1938 ... Has led TCU to 10 or more wins in six of the last eight seasons, including five seasons of at least 11 victories ... Has a nine-year career record of 86-27/85-28 (.761/.752) ... Ranks No. 2 on the school’s career coaching wins list.
Previous Regional Coach of the Year Honors: FBS Region 5, 2009


Football Championship Subdivision
Andy Talley, Villanova University: Second AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Wildcats to a 14-1 record, the Colonial Athletic Association title and the Football Championship Subdivision national championship this season ... The title was the first in football for the school and the 14 wins are a new school record ... Talley also earned AFCA Coach fo the Year honors in 1997 when he led Villanova to a 12-1 record and the Atlantic 10 Conference title ... He has a career record of 207-120-2 (.632) in 30 years at Villanova and St. Lawrence.
Previous Districdt/Regional Coach of the Year Honors: College II District 1 1982; I-AA Region 1, 1991-97; FCS Region 1, 2008-09
Previous National Coach of the Year Honors: I-AA, 1997

Division II
Mel Tjeerdsma, Northwest Missouri State University: Fourth AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Bearcats to a 14-1 record, the MIAA title and the NCAA Division II championship this season ... Has a 26-year career record of 230-79-4 (.741) at Northwest Missouri State and Austin ...  Northwest appeared in the Division II championship game for the fifth consecutive season in 2009 and the seventh time overall under Tjeerdsma ... Earned National Coach of the Year honors in 2008 when he led the Bearcats to a 13-2 record, the MIAA championship and a berth in the NCAA Division II championship game ... Tjeerdsma is the career postseason wins leader in Division II football ... He earned back-to-back AFCA National Coach of the Year Awards in 1998 and 1999 when he led Northwest Missouri State to consecutive Division II national championships ... AFCA President in 2006 and was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1999-2006.
Previous Regional Coach of the Year Honors: Division II Region 4, 1996-97-98-99-00-06-08
Previous National Coach of the Year Honors: Division II, 1998-99-08

Division III
Lance Leipold, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater: Second AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Warhawks to 15-0 record, its fifth consecutive Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and its second NCAA Division III championship in the last three years this season ... Has a three-year career record of 42-3 (.933) at Whitewater ... Earned AFCA Coach of the Year honors in 2007 when he led Whitewater to 14-1 record, the WIAC title and the school’s first NCAA Division III championship ... The Warhawks have advanced to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in each of Leipold’s first three seasons at the school.
Previous National Coach of the Year Honors: Division III, 2007

NAIA
Kalen DeBoer, University of Sioux Falls: Third AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Cougars to a 15-0 record, a fifth consecutive Great Plains Athletic Conference title and the NAIA championship this season ... Has a five-year career record of 67-3 (.957) at Sioux Falls ... The title is the third for DeBoer in five seasons as head coach ... USF has reached the NAIA final four times in DeBoer’s five seasons at the helm ... Earned AFCA National Coach of the Year honors in 2008 when he led USF to a 14-0 record, the Great Plains Athletic Conference title and the NAIA championship ... Earned AFCA National Coach of the Year honors in 2006 when he led the Cougars to a 14-0 record, the Great Plains Athletic Conference title and the NAIA championship ... Was an All-America wide receiver on USF’s 1996 NAIA championship squad and the offensive coordinator on the school’s 2001 NAIA runner-up team.
Previous Regional Coach of the Year Honors: Region 4 NAIA, 2006-07-09
Previous National Coach of the Year Honors: NAIA, 2006-08

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