2005 National Coach of the Year Winners

The American Football Coaches Association capped its 2006 convention by presenting its top coaching award — AFCA Coach of the Year — to four outstanding coaches.

Penn State’s Joe Paterno, Appalachian State’s Jerry Moore, Grand Valley State’s Chuck Martin and Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Bob Berezowitz are the 2005 AFCA National Coach of the Year winners. Paterno in Division I-A, Moore in Division I-AA, Martin in AFCA Division II (NCAA Division II and NAIA schools) and Berezowitz in AFCA Division III.

The winners are selected by a vote of the Active AFCA members (coaches at four-year schools) in the Association’s four 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.

Joe Paterno led Penn State to an 11-1 record, the Big Ten championship and a victory in the Orange Bowl in 2005. This year’s honor is Paterno’s Division I-A record fifth AFCA National Coach of the Year award (1968-72-82-86-2005). With his selection he is now the first coach in AFCA history to earn national honors in four different decades. The fourth-winningest coach in college football, Paterono joined Amos Alonzo Stagg as the only coaches in college football history to serve 40 or more years as the head coach at one school.

Jerry Moore led the Mountaineers to a 12-3 record, the Southern Conference title and the NCAA Division I-AA championship to earn AFCA National Coach of the Year honors for the first time in 2005. The national title was the first in any sport for Appalachian State. The winningest coach in the history of the Southern Conference, Moore’s teams have made 11 postseason appearances and 12 of his 16 teams have finished the season ranked in the NCAA Division I-AA Top 25. 

Chuck Martin led the Lakers to a 13-0 record, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title and the NCAA Division II championship in 2005 to earn his first AFCA National Coach of the Year Award. The 36-year-old Martin has lost only three games in his two seasons as the head coach at Grand Valley State. Martin’s 2004 squad finished 10-3 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division II playoffs, making him the winningest first-year head coach in the program’s history. Martin served as an assistant coach for four years at GVSU (2000-2003) and was the defensive coordinator for the Lakers’ 2003 national championship squad. In all, Martin has been a member of the coaching staff for all three Grand Valley State national championships (2002-03-05).

Bob Berezowitz led the Warhawks to a 14-1 record, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association title and a berth in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in 2005 to earn AFCA National Coach of the Year honors for the first time. Whitewater set a school record for victories in a season this year and their road to the Stagg Bowl included victories over the schools that captured the 2002 and 2003 NCAA Division III championships.

 

AFCA Coach of the Year Bios

Division I-A
Joe Paterno, Pennsylvania State University: Division I-A record fifth AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Nittany Lions to an 11-1 record, the Big Ten championship and a victory in the Orange Bowl this season ... Has a 40-year career record of 354-117-3 (.750) at Penn State ... Fourth-winningest coach in college football history ... Earned his record 11th AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Award earlier this season ... All-time bowl game win leader with 21 career bowl victories (21-10-1, .672) ... Led Penn State to an 11-0 record, a victory in the Orange Bowl and a No. 2 national ranking in 1968 to earn his first National Coach of the Year award ... Led Penn State to an 11-1 record and a berth in the Sugar Bowl in 1978 to win National Coach of the Year honors ... Led Penn State to an 11-1 record, a victory in the Sugar Bowl and his first national championship to win his third National Coach of the Year award in 1982 ... Led Penn State to a 12-0 record, a victory in the Fiesta Bowl and his second national championship in 1986 to win his fourth National Coach of the Year award.
Previous AFCA District/Regional Coach of the Year Honors: District 2 University Division 1967-68-71-72-73-77-78-82;
Region 1 I-A 1985; Region 3 I-A 1994-2005
Previous AFCA National Coach of the Year Honors: University Division 1968-72-82; Division I-A 1986

Division I-AA
Jerry Moore, Appalachian State University: First AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Mountaineers to a 12-3 record, the Southern Conference title and the NCAA Division I-AA championship in 2005 .... Earned his third AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Award earlier this season ... Has a 17-year record of  140-67 (.676) at Appalachian State and a 24-year career record of 167-115-2 (.592) at Appalachian State, North Texas and Texas Tech ... Winningest coach in Southern Conference history ... The Mountaineers have advanced to the NCAA I-AA playoffs 11 times, while 12 of his 16 ASU squads prior to 2005 finished the season ranked among the nation’s top 25 I-AA teams.
Previous AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Honors: Region 2 I-AA, 1994-95-2005

AFCA Division II
Chuck Martin, Grand Valley State University: First AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Lakers to a 13-0 record, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title and the NCAA Division II championship in 2005 to earn his first AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ... Has a two-year career record of 23-3 (.885) in two seasons at Grand Valley State ... Martin’s 2004 squad finished 10-3 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division II playoffs, making him the winningest first-year head coach in the program’s history ... Served as an assistant coach for four years at GVSU (2000-2003) and was the defensive coordinator for the Lakers’ 2003 national championship squad ... Has been a member of the coaching staff for all three Grand Valley State national championships (2002-03-05) ... This season’s team is just the second in school history to finish with a perfect record.

AFCA Division III
Bob Berezowitz, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater: First AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Warhawks to a 14-1 record, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title and a berth in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in 2005 ... Earned his third AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Award earlier this season ... Has a 21-year career record of 145-71-4 (.668) at Whitewater ... Earned AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors in 1990 when he led Whitewater to a 10-1 record, the WIAC title and a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs ... Earned AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors in 1988 when he led Whitewater to a 9-3 record, the WIAC title and a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs.
Previous AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Honors: Region 4 College Division II 1988-90; Division III 2005

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