AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year

Each year, staff representatives from NCAA and NAIA football-playing schools are asked to nominate an assistant for consideration. Those nominations are narrowed down to finalists in each division and a winner is selected by the AFCA Public Relations Committee. The winners for this award were selected in NCAA Divisions FBS, FCS, 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 criteria for this award includes more than just on-field coaching ability. The four additional criteria along with on-field success as a football coach are 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.

The Award: Winners of the Assistant Coach of the Year award receive a plaque to commemorate the award. They are honored at the AFCA Honors Luncheon each year, and are invited to lead a “Buzz Session” at the following year’s convention.

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