John Featherstone Selected as 2006 ACCFCA Coach of the Year

El Camino (Calif.) College head coach John Featherstone has been named the 2006 American Community College Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year.  The award will be presented to Featherstone at the American Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year Dinner on Wednesday, January 10 at the 2007 AFCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

“On behalf of El Camino College, our coaching staff and players, I am very humbled and excited to accept this award,” Featherstone said.  “To me, this is not an individual honor, this is a staff honor because I would not be as successful as I am today without the help of a great staff.  I am blessed to have great assistant coaches working alongside me and great players on our team.  I am truly honored to accept this award.”

Featherstone has been the head coach at El Camino College for 23 years,  and has an overall record of 176-73-1.  In 2006, he guided the Warriors to a 12-2 overall record and the California Community College State Championship, including a win in the American Bowl in the first round of the playoffs.  Under Featherstone’s guidance, the Warriors have appeared in 16 bowl games, including seven straight from 1994 to 2000, as well as three national championship appearances, going 12-0 in 1987 to take the JC National Championship and earning himself National Coach of the Year honors. He has also led El Camino to eight Mission Conference titles in his tenure.  He was elected into the El Camino College Athletic Alumni Hall of Fame in 2003, and the All-American Junior College Hall of Fame in 2001.

Featherstone took his first coaching position at San Diego State in 1971 as wide receivers coach. Staying in San Diego, he went on to coach quarterbacks and wide receivers at Grossmont College for four years, helping the Griffins win a state title in 1974. In 1975, Featherstone replaced former NFL head coach Mike Martz at San Diego Mesa College, working as the team’s offensive coordinator from 1979-1980. During his two years at the college, he led the team to back-to-back conference titles. Returning to San Diego State in 1980 as wide receivers coach, Featherstone worked with legendary coach Claude Gilbert, then with future NFL coaches, Doug Scovil and Brian Billick. After spending a year at the University of California as an assistant coach in 1982, Featherstone returned to Southern California to take the position of offensive coordinator at Santa Ana College for two years before being named head coach at El Camino in 1985.

About the ACCFCA: Community college football coaches are among the very best in the profession. In recent years, there have been two organizations, the California Community College Football Coaches Association and the National Junior College Football Coaches Association. Each organization has had its own coach of the year.

In 2000, the AFCA invited the organizations to meet at the AFCA Convention. Three national goals were set; to form a national community college football coaches association, to study the possibility of a national championship game between the two organizations and to elect, yearly, a national coach of the year and to have that coach recognized by the AFCA.

Their initial goal, to create an umbrella coaches association, has been accomplished. In 2002, the American Community College Football Coaches Association selected its first national coach of the year, Michael White of Reedley College.  Past winners of the ACCFCA Coach of the Year are: Troy Morrell, Butler Community College, 2003; Tim Hatten, Pearl River Community College, 2004 and Don Dillon, American River College, 2005.

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