2013 National Coach of the Year Winners Announced
The American Football Coaches Association will cap its 2014 convention by presenting its top coaching award — AFCAâ€ˆCoach of the Year — to five outstanding coaches.
Duke’s David Cutcliffe, North Dakota State’s Craig Bohl, Northwest Missouri State’s Adam Dorrel, Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Lance Leipold and Grand View’s Mike Woodley are the 2013 AFCA National Coach of the Year winners. Cutcliffe in FBS, Bohl in FCS, Dorrel in Division II, Leipold in Division III and Woodley in NAIA.
The winners are selected by a vote of the Active AFCA members (coaches at four-year schools) in the Association’s five divisions. The AFCA has named a Coach of the Year since 1935. The AFCAâ€ˆCoach 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.
David Cutcliffe led Duke to a 10-4 record and an appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. He has a 75-73 career-record in his 12 seasons as head coach at Duke and Ole Miss, with two Conference Division titles. Cutcliffe led the Blue Devils to the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division championship in 2013, the program’s first conference title since 1989. In 2012, Cutcliffe was named the ACC Coach of the Year after leading the Blue Devils to the program’s first bowl game appearance since 1994.
In 2013, Craig Bohl led the Bison to a 15-0 record, a second straight Missouri Valley Football Conference title and a third straight Football Championship Subdivision national championship. In his 11 years at North Dakota State, Bohl had a 104-32 record, and those 104 victories make him the all-time winningest coach in North Dakota State history. He earned AFCA FCS National Coach of the Year honors in 2012, FCS Regional Coach of the Year honors in 2011 and 2013, and was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Coach of the Year for the third straight year in 2013.
Adam Dorrel led the Bearcats to a 15-0 record in 2013 and the program’s fourth NCAA Division II national title, the first since 2009. Dorrel brought his overall record to 36-3 in his three years as head coach. Being one of the first players to start on the offensive line under legendary former head coach, Mel Tjeerdsma in 1994, Dorrel continued the Bearcat excellence in his first season as head coach, returning the Bearcats to the playoffs for an eighth straight season. Northwest Missouri State has made the playoffs for 10 straight years, the longest current streak in NCAA Division II football.
Lance Leipold led Wisconsin-Whitewater to a 15-0 record, a sixth Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and its fifth NCAAâ€ˆDivision IIIâ€ˆnational title in 2013. He has a seven-year record of 94-6 at Whitewater. The Warhawks recorded their fourth 15-0 season under Leipold in 2013. He also earned AFCA Division III National Coach of the Year honors in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Mike Woodley led Grand View to a 14-0 record, their third straight Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Midwest Conference title and the program’s first NAIA national championship to earn AFCA NAIA National Coach of the Year honors for the first time. He also earned AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors for the fist time in 2013. Woodley has a record of 46-22 in his six seasons at Grand View. Woodley has won MSFA Midwest Coach of the Year honors in 2013, 2011 and 2009.
The winners will be honored Tuesday evening at the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the Indiana Convention Center.
All-Time Winners: A total of 155 men representing 111 institutions have been honored by the AFCA as AFCAâ€ˆNational Coach of the Year since the program was established in 1935.
First Year Coach of the Year: Richmond’s Mike London and Valdosta State’s David Dean are the only coaches to earn AFCAâ€ˆNational Coach of the Year honors in their first season as a head coach. Dean was the Division II winner in 2007. London was the FCSâ€ˆwinner in 2008.
Most Schools: Jim Tressel and Brian Kelly are the only coaches to win AFCA National Coach of the Year honors at two different schools, and two different divisions. Tressel earned AFCAâ€ˆhonors at Divisionâ€ˆI-A Ohio State in 2002 and Division I-AAâ€ˆYoungstown State in 1991 and 1994. Kelly earned AFCAâ€ˆhonors at Divisionâ€ˆII Grand Valley State in 2002 and 2003, and FBSâ€ˆNotre Dame in 2012.
Top Individuals: Larry Kehres of Mount Union is the only coach in AFCAâ€ˆhistory to win National Coach of the Year honors nine times. He has earned the award in Mount Union’s national championship seasons of 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006 and 2008. Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Lance Leipold joins Penn State’s Joe Paterno as the only coaches to earn five AFCA Coach of the Year honors. Paterno earned his awards in FBS in 1968, 1972, 1982, 1986 and 2005. Leipold won his awards in Division III in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013. Northwest Missouri State’s Mel Tjeerdsma (1998-99-2008-09) and Bob Reade of Augustana (Ill.) College are the only four-time AFCAâ€ˆCoach of the Year winners. Reade earned the honor in 1983-84-85-86 in College Division IIâ€ˆ(now Division III). Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly (2002-03, 2012), Carroll’s Mike Van Diest (2003, 2007, 2010), Sioux Falls’ Kalen DeBoer (2006, 2008-09), Appalachian State’s Jerry Moore (2005-06-07), Youngstown State and Ohio State coach Jim Tressel (1991, 1994, 2003), Alabama’s Bear Bryant (1961, 1971, 1973) and North Alabama’s Bobby Wallace (1993-94-95) are the only three-time Coach of the Year winners. Kehres, Leipold, Moore, Reade and Wallace are the only coaches to win the award in three or more consecutive seasons.
Top Schools: Mount Union is the only institution to have a representative win the AFCAâ€ˆNational Coach of the Year Award nine times. North Dakota State and Wisconsin-Whitewater are the only schools with six winners. Georgia Southern, Penn State and Northwest Missouri State are the only schools with five winners. Alabama, Augustana (Ill.), Grand Valley State, Michigan, Ohio State and Wittenberg are four-time winners.
Larry Kehres has won all nine awards for Mount Union, while Joe Paterno has won all five awards for Penn State. Paul Johnson (1999, 2000), Erk Russell (1986, 1989)â€ˆand Tim Stowers (1990) are Georgia Southern’s honorees. North Dakota State’s national winners are Don Morton (1983), Earle Solomonson (1986), Rocky Hager (1988, 1990) and Craig Bohl (2012, 2013). Lance Leipold’s five honors and Bob Berezowitz’s 2005 National Coach of the Year award account for Wisconsin-Whitewater’s six honors. Mel Tjeerdsma’s four wins and Adam Dorrel’s 2013 National Coach of the Year award accounts for Northwest Missouri five awards. Lloyd Carr (1997), Fritz Crisler (1947), Bennie Oosterbaan (1948) and Bo Schembechler (1969)â€ˆare Michigan’s winners. Bill Edwards (1962, 1963) and Dave Maurer (1973, 1975), his successor, are responsible for Wittenberg being listed in the select group. Gene Stallings earned Coach of the Year honors in 1992 to join three-time winner Bear Bryant as Alabama’s winners. Augustana’s Reade accounts for all of his school’s awards. Ohio State’s Jim Tressel joins Carroll Widdoes (1944), Woody â€ˆHayes (1957) and Earle Bruce (1979) as one of the four Buckeye coaches to win the award. Chuck Martin (2005-06) joins Brian Kelly (2002-03) as the winners from Grand Valley State.
Appalachian State (Jerryâ€ˆMore, 2005-06-07), Delawareâ€ˆ(Tubby Raymond, 1971-72; K.C. Keeler, 2010), Furman (Dick Sheridan, 1985; Jimmy Satterfield, 1988; Bobby Johnson, 2001), North Alabama (Bobby Wallace, 1993-94-95), Notre Dame (Frank Leahy, 1941; Ara Parseghian, 1964; Brian Kelly, 2012), Sioux Falls (Kalen DeBoer 2006, 2008-09), USCâ€ˆ(John McKay, 1962, 1972; Pete Carroll, 2003) and Valdosta State (Chris Hatcher, 2004; David Dean, 2007, 2012) are all in the exclusive group of schools having three winners each.
Two-Timers: Jim Butterfield, Ithaca (1988, 1991), David Dean, Bill Edwards, Joe Glenn, Northern Colorado (1996-97), Rocky Hager, Paul Johnson, Chuck Martin, Dave Maurer, John McKay, Harold “Tubby” Raymond, Darrell Royal, Texas (1963, 1970), Erk Russell and Andy Talley, Villanova (1997, 2009) are the repeat winners.
Back-to-Back: Kalen DeBoer, Bill Edwards, Joe Glenn, Paul Johnson, Larry Kehres, Brian Kelly, Lance Leipold, Chuck Martin, Jerry Moore, Tubby Raymond, Bob Reade, Mel Tjeerdsma, Bobby Wallace and Craig Bohl are the only coaches to win national honors in consecutive years. No FBS coach has won the award in consecutive years. Kehres is the only coach to win three consecutive Coach of the Year awards twice, while Tjeerdsma is the only coach to win two consecutive Coach of the Year awards twice.
Fit to be Tied: In 2003, Brian Kelly and Mike Van Diest became the fourth duo in the history of the AFCAâ€ˆNational Coach of the Year award to finish in a tie for the honor and the first non-I-A coaches to share the award. Larry Coker and Ralph Friedgen finished in a tie for the honor in 2001. In 1964, Frank Broyles of Arkansas and Ara Parseghian of Notre Dame shared the award and in 1970, Charlie McClendon of Louisiana State and Darrell Royal of Texas were co-winners.
AFCAâ€ˆCoach of the Year Bios
Football Bowl Subdivision
David Cutcliffe, Duke University
First AFCA FBSâ€ˆNational Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Blue Devils to a 10-4 record and an appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in 2013 ... The 10 wins this season are the most in school history ... Has a 75-73 overall career-record in his 12 seasons as a head coach at Duke and Ole Miss ... Has led his teams to two Conference Division titles, one in the SEC West Division in 2003 while he was the head coach for Ole Miss, and the other in the ACC Coastal Division in 2013 while at Duke ... Named ACC Coach of the Year in 2012 after leading the Blue Devils to the program’s first bowl game appearance since 1994 ... Spent six seasons at Ole Miss with a 44-29 overall mark, leading the Rebels to a 10-3 mark and a victory in the Cotton Bowl Classic in 2003.
Previous Regional Coach of the Year Honors: FBS, Mississippi, Region 2, 2003
Football Championship Subdivision
Craig Bohl, North Dakota State University
Second AFCAâ€ˆFCS National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Bison to a 15-0 record, a third straight Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) title and a third straight NCAA Football Championship Subdivision national championship this season ... In 11 years at North Dakota State, Bohl had a 104-32 overall record ... He guided the Bison to a 30-8 record against FCS ranked teams, and a 14-1 mark in the FCS playoffs ... North Dakota State has been ranked No. 1 for 39 weeks since moving to FCS in 2004 ... Led the Bison to a Great West Football Conference title in 2006, and a 10-1 overall record in the program’s third year in FCS play ... Earned MVFC Coach of the Year honors for a third time in 2013, along with being named the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, the first coach to earn the award in back-to-back years.
Previous National Coach of the Year Honors: FCS, 2012
Previous Regional Coach of the Year Honors: FCS, Region 4, 2011, 2013
Adam Dorrel, Northwest Missouri State University
First AFCAâ€ˆDivision II National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Bearcats to a 15-0 record in 2013, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association title and the program’s fourth NCAA Division II national championship, the first since 2009 ... Dorrel brought his overall record to 36-3 in his three years as head coach ... Continued Northwest Missouri State’s excellence in his first season as head coach, returning the Bearcats to the playoffs for an eighth straight season ... Dorrel was the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator at Northwest Missouri State from 2006 to 2010, helping the Bearcats to an unprecedented five consecutive NCAA Division II championship game appearances and their third national title in 2009.
Lance Leipold, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Fifth AFCAâ€ˆDivision III National Coach of the Year Award ... In seven years as head coach, Leipold has led the Warhawks to six Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships and five NCAA Division III national titles ... Has a seven-year record of 94-6 at Wisconsin-Whitewater ... In 2013, guided the Warhawks to a 15-0 record, the fourth time in Leipold’s seven seasons that Whitewater has gone undefeated ... Led program on a 46-game winning streak from 2009 until the second game of 2012, which is the fifth longest streak in NCAA football history, in any division.
Previous National Coach of the Year Honors: Division III, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011
Mike Woodley, Grand View University
First AFCAâ€ˆNAIA National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Vikings to a 14-0 record, their third straight Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Midwest Conference championship and the program’s first NAIA national title ... Earned AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors for the fist time in 2013 ... Has a record of 46-22 in his six seasons at Grand View ... Woodley has earned MSFA Midwest Coach of the Year honors for three years ... Woodley is an inductee to the Iowa High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and is a Hall of Fame member of the University of Northern Iowa.
Previous Regional Coach of the Year Honors: NAIA, Region 2, 2013