2006 AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Award Winners

The American Football Coaches Association is proud to announce its 2006 Assistant Coach of the Year winners. One assistant coach in the five different divisions of college football has been selected for their dedication to their teams and communities.

Each year, staff representatives from NCAA and NAIA football-playing schools are asked to nominate an assistant for consideration. From those nominations, a winner is selected by the AFCA Public Relations Committee. The winners for this award were selected in NCAA Divisions I-A, I-AA, II, III and the NAIA.

The Assistant Coach of the Year award was first presented in 1997 and was created to honor assistant coaches who excel in community service, commitment to the student-athlete, on-field coaching success and AFCA professional organization involvement. 

The 2006 honorees are: Division I-A–John Chavis, Associate Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator & Linebackers Coach, University of Tennessee; Division I-AA–Sam Eddy, Assistant Head Coach & Runningbacks Coach, Youngstown State University; Division II–Mike Terwilliger, Offensive Coordinator, East Stroudsburg University; Division III–Jeff Wojtowicz, Defensive Backs Coach, Mount Union College; and NAIA–Colby Hensley, Assistant Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator, Kansas Wesleyan University.

“Once again, five outstanding assistant coaches have been selected for their dedication, not only to their teams, but to their communities,” said Executive Director Grant Teaff. “Often times, the head coach receives much of the credit for his team’s success. Any head coach is only as good as his assistants. Much of an assistant coach’s work is done behind the scenes. It is our pleasure to bring it to the forefront.”

The criteria for the award is not limited to on-field coaching ability and the success of the team and players that these assistant coaches have worked with. Service to the community through charitable work and other volunteer activities, participation in AFCA activities and events, participation in other professional organizations and impact on student-athletes are all taken into account in the selection process.

Winners of the Assistant Coach of the Year award will receive a plaque to commemorate the award and an educational stipend to the 2007 AFCA Convention or any other professional development clinic/convention of their choice. They will be honored at the AFCA Kickoff Luncheon, Monday, January 8 at the 2007 AFCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.


2006 Assistant Coach of the Year Winners

Division I-A
John Chavis, Associate Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator & Linebackers Coach, Tennessee: Chavis is in his 18th year as an assistant coach at Tennessee, and 28th overall ... He began his coaching career at Tennessee in 1979 as a graduate assistant, then moved onto Alabama A&M from 1980-83 as a defensive line coach ... Chavis moved to defensive coordinator at Alabama State from 1984-85, then returned to Alabama A&M as defensive coordinator in 1986 and built a defense that ranked No. 1 in total defense in Division IIā€ˆfrom 1987-88 ... He returned to his alma mater, Tennessee in 1989 and took on responsibilities of the defensive line and linebackers ... Chavis was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1995 and has produced some of the stingiest defenses in college football ... Since 1995, Chavis’ defenses have held its opponents below a 100-yard rushing average in six seasons, and eight times during that span the Vols have ranked among the top three in the SEC in total defense ... His 2005 defensive squad finished first in the SEC and second nationally with a rushing defense that allowed just 82.5 yards per game.

Division I-AA
Sam Eddy, Assistant Head Coach & Runningbacks Coach, Youngstown State: Eddy is in his 13th year at Youngstown State, and 29th overall ... He is active in the YSU Football Outreach program and has participated in events with the Youngstown Boy’s Club, Tod Children’s Hospital, Second Harvest Food Bank, Youngstown Rescue Mission, Leonard Kirtz School for the Physically and Mentally Challenged and Lincoln Place Home for Children ... Eddy is an active member of the AFCA I-AA Assistant Coaches’ Committee, and is also a member of the National Federation of High School Coaches’ Association and the YMCA ... In addition to his coaching, Eddy is the football program’s link to campus housing, financial aid and athletic academic assistance, and oversees the admission and orientation of all incoming football players to YSU ... Since joining the YSU staff in 1994, he has coached six first-team All-Gateway selections and produced the top two single-season rushers in school history ... Eddy has been a part of four I-AA national championship games as an assistant, one with Massachusetts and three with YSU.

Division II
Mike Terwilliger, Offensive Coordinator, East Stroudsburg: Terwilliger is in his 29th season with East Stroudsburg ... For the past 23 years, Terwilliger has organized the “Breakfast with a Warrior” program, which gathers close to 150 youth football players each year for a breakfast, clinic, mentoring time and picture with the East Stroudsburg football team ... He has also organized a pre-Christmas party for the youth of Spring Lake at his home for the last 14 years and helped restore lost clothing for six East Stroudsburg students who lost all of their possessions in a fire on campus ... Terwilliger also finds time to speak at area churches and groups and helps organize a Clearview Elementary School Carnival ... Terwilliger is a speaker and organizer of the Warrior Football Clinic and directs an annual Quarterback, Wide Receiver and Offensive Line technique school ... He has coached seven Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference first-team selections, three conference players of the year and one Harlon Hill winner, all coming from the quarterback position.

Division III
Jeff Wojtowicz, Defensive Backs Coach, Mount Union: Wojtowicz has spent 22 years as an assistant coach, with 20 of those years coming at Mount Union ... He is very active with several organizations in the Alliance, Ohio area, including helping organize youth and sports activities for the Alliance Neighborhood Center such as an after-school youth basketball league for children ages 7-15 ... Wojtowicz has assisted the Alliance City Shade Tree Commission with the planting of trees in and around Alliance ... He is an active member of the AFCA, participating in the Buzz Sessions at the annual convention in Dallas last year ... Wojtowicz is an instructor in the Human Performance and Sport Management Department at Mount Union, while also working as the head men’s and women’s tennis coach ... He has coached six All-America defensive backs and five Ohio Athletic Conference Special Award winners ... During Wojtowicz’s time as defensive backs coach, the Purple Raiders defense has been ranked No. 1 in total defense the last five years, first in pass defense in four of the last five years and first in pass efficiency defense for five years straight.

Colby Hensley, Assistant Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator, Kansas Wesleyan: Hensley is in his fifth year at Kansas Wesleyan and seventh overall as an assistant coach ... He has volunteered with the Salina, Kansas, rescue mission, which helps people get back on their feet when life has gone on a downward slide ... Hensley, along with other members of KWU football team, helped a teammate’s father with farm work after he was diagnosed with cancer ... He is an active volunteer at the Tammy Walker Cancer Center in Salina and works with the KWU youth day camp ... Hensley is a Resident Director at KWU, enabling him to teach students life management skills, while also helping coordinate the academic progress of student-athletes ... Since becoming defensive coordinator in 2002, he has coached two conference defensive MVP’s, five NAIA All-Americans, three Academic All-Americans and 16 All-Conference selections ... Hensley currently has six former players in the coaching profession.

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