2011 AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Winners Announced

The American Football Coaches Association is proud to announce its 2011 Assistant Coach of the Year winners. One assistant coach from the five 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 of this award were selected from Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division 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 2011 honorees are as follows: Football Bowl Subdivision–Norm Parker, Defensive Coordinator, University of Iowa; Football Championship Subdivision–Jason McEndoo, Offensive Line Coach, Montana State University; Division II–Hank McClung, Offensive Line Coach, University of Central Missouri; Division III–Greg Peterson, Offensive Coordinator, Bethel (Minn.) University; and NAIA–Craig Mullins, Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach, Georgetown (Ky.) College.
“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, but 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 or the success of the team and players that these assistant coaches work 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 attend the 2013 AFCA Convention or another professional development clinic/convention of their choice. They will be honored at the AstroTurf President’s Kickoff Luncheon, Monday, January 9 at the 2012 AFCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Finalists for 2011

Football Bowl Subdivision
Trooper Taylor, Auburn
Norm Parker, Iowa
Danny Langsdorf, Oregon State   

Football Championship Subdivision
Gary Smallen, Coastal Carolina
George Small, Florida A&M
Jason McEndoo, Montana State

Division II
Hank McClung, Central Missouri
Kenyatta McCoy, Kentucky State
A.J. Blazek, Winona State

Division III
Mike Hoyt, Albright
Greg Peterson, Bethel (Minn.)
Joe Early, Middlebury

Jim Hogan, Carroll (Mont.)
Craig Mullins, Georgetown (Ky.)
Chuck Lambert, Sterling

Assistant Coach of the Year Notes
Seventy-four assistant coaches from 61 different schools have been honored by the AFCA since the inception of the award in 1997 ... Campbellsville (NAIA) and Hampton (FCS) lead all schools with three winners each ... Campbellsville’s three winners came in three straight years (1997-Samuel Wickliffe, 1998-Eric Graves, 1999-Haywood Riner) ... Hampton won its three awards in 1997 (Alonzo Lee), 1998 (John Wright) and 2003 (Donovan Rose) ... Air Force, Benedictine (Kan.), Bethel (Minn.), Carson-Newman, Central (Iowa), Morningside, Mount Union, Northwest Missouri State and Wabash have had two winners each ... A total of 65 assistant coaches from five divisions were nominated for the 2011 AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year award.

The Winners
Football Bowl Subdivision
Norm Parker, Defensive Coordinator, Iowa: Parker has been coaching football for 46 years, the last 13 at Iowa ... Parker has helped with many Special Olympic events in Iowa, and also participated in charitable events for Goodwill Industries and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ... Parker is chairman of the Mayor’s Youth Annual “Festival Event,” which takes places on the first Saturday in May in Iowa City ... Parker has coached 38 players who have gone on to play in the NFL, and was rated the No. 1 defensive coordinator by Rivals.com in 2009 ... Under Parker’s direction, the Iowa defense has been ranked among the Top 10 in the nation in rushing defense five times, and was ranked in the Top 10 in scoring defense in each of the last three seasons (2008-10) ... Parker’s defense finished fifth nationally in total defense in 2010, allowing 332.1 yards per game. 

Football Championship Subdivision
Jason McEndoo, Offensive Line Coach, Montana State: McEndoo is in his 12th year of coaching and has spent the last nine years at Montana State ... McEndoo is the coordinator of community service projects for the Montana State football team, which accumulates over 800 hours of community service each year ... Volunteered as a baseball coach for Bozeman Baseball, Belgrade Baseball and Bozeman T-Ball ... McEndoo also volunteers at Morning Star Elementary School ... Along with being a member of the AFCA, McEndoo is a member of the National Football Foundation and the NFL Players Association ... McEndoo has coached six Bobcat All-Americas and nine First Team All-Big Sky selections, including Jeff Bolton, an All-America center who earned Rimington Award honors as FCS’s top player at that position, and 2010 consensus All-America Mike Person ... MSU’s offensive line led the Big Sky in fewest sacks allowed in 2006 and 2008, and in rushing yards in 2008. In 2011, the Bobcats were second in the Big Sky Conference in rushing yards per game and first in scoring offense.

Division II
Hank McClung, Offensive Line Coach, Central Missouri: McClung is in his second season at Central Missouri and 24th overall as a coach ... He is an active member of the Warrensburg (Mo.) United Methodist Church, volunteers at the Veteran’s Home, participates in the annual Spring Clean Up and devotes time to the Mo’s Maniacs Kid’s Football Camp ... McClung has spoken at numerous clinics around the nation, hosted a number of visiting coaches to the University of Central Missouri and has served on the AFCA Assistant Coaches Committee ... McClung is the Academic Coordinator for the football team and oversees the academic activities of all UCM football players including study hall, tutors, class checks, progress reports and eligibility issues ... McClung’s offensive line paved the way for a Harlon Hill Award winner, Eric Czerniewski, and an offense that set numerous school, conference and national records in 2010, including winning the most games in school history (11) and two playoff games ... His offensive line allowed only 16 sacks in 2010 while throwing the football almost 700 times ... UCM ranked No. 5 in the nation in passing offense (330.45 ypg) and 15th in total offense (460.91 ypg) in 2011.

Division III
Greg Peterson, Offensive Coordinator, Bethel (Minn.): Peterson has spent 20 years as an assistant coach, all at Bethel (Minn.) ... He reads to students at Lincoln Elementary School and volunteers in the children’s ministry at Calvary Church in White Bear Lake, Minn. ... Peterson has helped run a football clinic for the Union Gospel Mission of St. Paul, Minn., and served on a steering committee for the Young Life Golf Fundraising Event (Young Life is a ministry that serves junior high and high school students) ... He volunteers his time with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and serves as an assistant coach for White Bear Lake summer soccer programs ... Peterson has contributed to many coaching clinics in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and is a member of the Minnesota Coaches Association ... He has coached three of the Top 4 passers, seven of the Top 11 rushers and seven of the Top 10 receivers in Bethel history ... Peterson has been a member of two NCAA Division III semi-final teams, four Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and 18 consecutive winning seasons.

Craig Mullins, Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach, Georgetown (Ky.): Mullins is in his 21st year as an assistant coach, with his last 15 at Georgetown (Ky.) ... He serves as a volunteer with Harmony Christian Church by teaching bible classes, leading youth groups and serving as a greeter ... Mullins supervises the community service projects of the Georgetown (Ky.) football team, which has accumulated over 1,000 hours of community service the past two years. The football team has participated in Habitat for Humanity projects, volunteered at Quest Farm, which is a community for the mentally disabled, and visited numerous senior citizen homes ... He is also involved with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which has worked at various events such as Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army and promotes blood drives on campus ... Mullins has served on the AFCA Convention Services Committee for two years and plays an important role as secretary at many Mid-South Conference coaches meetings ... He serves as the academic coordinator of the Georgetown (Ky.) football program, and volunteers with the “M.A.L.E. 8” program, which is a mentoring program for young students at Georgetown (Ky.) ... Mullins has guided an offense that has produced two Conference Players of the Year and one three-time National Player of the Year ... Georgetown (Ky.) has won two national championships and played for two more in his 15 years on staff ... In 2011, Georgetown (Ky.) made an appearance in the NAIA semi-finals.

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