AFCA Announces 2014 Regional Coaches of the Year

TCU’s Gary Patterson and Eastern Washington’s Beau Baldwin highlight today’s announcement of the American Football Coaches Association’s 2014 Regional Coach of the Year winners.

The AFCA recognizes five regional Coach of the Year winners in each of the Association’s five divisions: Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA. The winners are selected by Active members of the Association who vote for coaches in their respective regions and divisions.

The 2014 Regional Coach of the Year winners will be recognized at the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the 2015 AFCA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. The dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, January 13.

2014 AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Winners

Football Bowl Subdivision
Region 1: David Cutcliffe, Duke University
Region 2: Dan Mullen, Mississippi State University
Region 3: Jerry Kill, University of Minnesota*
Region 4: Gary Patterson, TCU
Region 5: Jim McElwain, Colorado State University

Football Championship Subdivision
Region 1: Sean McDonnell, University of New Hampshire
Region 2: Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina University
Region 3: John Grass, Jacksonville State University
Region 4: Mike Sanford, Indiana State University
Region 5: Beau Baldwin, Eastern Washington University

Division II
Region 1: Paul Darragh, Bloomsburg University
Region 2: Todd Knight, Ouachita Baptist University
Region 3: Tony Annese, Ferris State University
Region 4: Will Wagner, Angelo State University
Region 5: Todd Hoffner, Minnesota State University-Mankato

Division III
Region 1: Chad Martinovich, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Region 2: Jim Margraff, Johns Hopkins University
Region 3: Pete Fredenburg, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor*
Region 4: Mike Swider, Wheaton College
Region 5: Tony Jennison, Macalester College

Region 1: Chris Oliver, Lindsey Wilson College*
Region 2: Jim Lyall, Siena Heights University
Region 3: Brian Willmer, MidAmerica Nazarene University
Region 4: Steve Ryan, Morningside College
Region 5: Mike Van Diest, Carroll (Mont.) College*
*-2013 winner

In earning his second AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honor, Patterson has guided the Horned Frogs to a 11-1 overall record and a share of the Big 12 Conference title in 2014. The winningest head coach in TCU history, he has an overall record of 131-45 in his 14 years as head coach. Baldwin earned his first AFCA Regional honor by leading Eastern Washington to a 11-2 record in 2014, the Big Sky Conference title and an appearance in the quarterfinals of the NCAA FCS playoffs. Baldwin has an overall record 77-26 in his eight years as a head coach, including one year as head coach at Central Washington. He guided Eastern Washington to the 2010 FCS national title in just his third year as head coach.

Award History: The AFCA began recognizing district coaches of the year following the 1960 season. The awards were established the same year Eastman Kodak agreed to sponsor the AFCA Coach of the Year award. Prior to 1960, the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain had sponsored the program, which recognized one national Coach of the Year.

The AFCA first recognized eight district winners in each of two divisions: university and college. In 1972, a ninth district was added in each division. In 1983, the award was changed to recognize regional winners instead of district winners, and the number of divisions was increased from two to four, and five regional winners were selected in each division. This resulted in a more equitable selection process and better represented the make-up of the membership. At the same time, the new system increased the number of honorees from 18 to 20. In 2006, the AFCA Division II Award was split into separate Division II and NAIA divisions, giving us the 25 winners we now recognize.

AFCA National Coach of the Year: The AFCA will announce its five 2014 National Coach of the Year winners at the 2015 AFCA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. All head coaches who were eligible for regional honors are eligible for national honors as well.

Repeat Winners: Minnesota’s Jerry Kill, Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Pete Fredenburg, Lindsey Wilson’s Chris Oliver and Carroll’s (Mont.) Mike Van Diest are the repeat winners from 2013.

Multiple Winners: Other multiple winners in the 2014 class are Mike Van Diest (sixth; 2007-08-09-10-13-14), Jerry Kill (fourth; 2003-04-13-14), Sean McDonnell (fourth; 2004-05-12-14), Steve Ryan (fourth; 2005-11-12-14), Chris Oliver (third; 2011-13-14), David Cutcliffe (second; 2003-14), Gary Patterson (second; 2009-14), Jim Margraff (second; 2011-14) and Mike Swider (second; 2003-14).

First Time Winners: Fifteen coaches earned their first AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Award in 2014: Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, Colorado State’s Jim McElwain, Coastal Carolina’s Joe Moglia, Jacksonville State’s John Grass, Indiana State’s Mike Sanford, Eastern Washington’s Beau Baldwin, Bloomsburg’s Paul Darragh, Ouachita Baptist’s Todd Knight, Ferris State’s Tony Annese, Angelo State’s Will Wagner, Minnesota State-Mankato’s Todd Hoffner, MIT’s Chad Martinovich, Macalester’s Tony Jennison, Siena Heights’ Jim Lyall and MidAmerica Nazarene’s Brian Willmer.

Most Awards: Mount Union’s Larry Kehres (1986-90-92-93-96-97-99-2000-01-02-06-07-08-09-10-11-12) has the most district/regional honors in AFCA history, with 17. Penn State’s Joe Paterno (District 2: 1967-68-71-72-73-77-78-82; Region 1: 1985; Region 3: 1994-2005) is second with 11 District/Regional Coach of the Year honors. Following Kehres and Paterno is Bloomsburg’s Danny Hale with 10 awards (College Division I, Region 1 1986-87-88-94-95; Division II, Region 1, 2000-01-05-06-08). Hale won his first three awards while at West Chester. Pete Fredenburg moves into the fourth spot with eight Regional honors (2000-02-05-07-10-12-13-14). Seven coaches have won the award seven times: Tubby Ray­mond, Delaware; Jim Butterfield, Ithaca; Bo Schem­bechler, Miami (Ohio), Michigan; Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne, Nebraska; Mel Tjeerdsma, Northwest Missouri State and Carmen Cozza, Yale. Six coaches have won Regional honors six times: Vince Dooley, Georgia; Roy Kidd, Eastern Kentucky; John McKay, USC; Jerry Moore, Appalachian State; Darrell Royal, Texas; and Mike Van Diest, Carroll (Mont.).

Most Winners by School: Mount Union-18 (Ken Wable-1, Larry Kehres-17); Nebraska-15 (Bob Devaney-7, Tom Osborne-7, Frank Solich-1); North Dakota State-12 (Darrell Mudra-1, Ron Erhardt-4, Jim Wacker-1, Don Morton-3, Earle Solo­monson-1, Craig Bohl-2); Penn State-12 (Rip Engle-1, Joe Paterno-11); Texas-11 (Darrell Royal-6, Fred Akers-2, David McWil­liams-1, Mack Brown-2); USC-10 (John McKay-6, John Robinson-2, Pete Carroll-2); Wittenberg-10 (Bill Edwards-3, Dave Maurer-4, Ron Murphy-1, Joe Fincham-2); Alabama-9 (Bear Bryant-4, Bill Curry-1, Gene Stallings-2, Mike Shula-1, Nick Saban-1); Bloomsburg-9 (George Landis-1, Danny Hale-7, Paul Darragh-1); Ithaca-9 (Jim Butterfield-7, Mike Welch-2); Michi­gan-9 (Bump Elliott-2, Bo Schem­bechler-6, Lloyd Carr-1); New Hampshire-9 (Clarence Boston-1, Jim Root-1, Bill Bowes-3, Sean McDonnell-4); Arkansas-8 (Frank Broyles-4, Lou Holtz-1, Ken Hatfield-1, Houston Nutt-2); Mary Hardin-Baylor-8 (Pete Fredenburg-8); Ohio State-8 (Woody Hayes-4, Earle Bruce-1, John Cooper-3); Oklahoma-8 (Chuck Fairbanks-3, Barry Switzer-2, Bob Stoops-3); Texas A&M-Kingsville-8 (Gil Steinke-2, Ron Harms-5, Bo Atterberry-1); Yale-8 (Jordan Olivar-1, Carmen Cozza-7).

Two Consecutive Years, Two Schools: Kevin Sumlin (Houston, 2011 & Texas A&M, 2012) joined five other coaches who have earned AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors at two schools in consecutive years: Fred Akers (Wyoming, 1976 & Texas 1977), Dick Sheridan (Furman, 1985 & North Carolina State, 1986), Dennis Franchione (Pittsburg State, 1989 & Texas State, 1990), Joe Tiller (Wyoming, 1996 & Purdue, 1997) and Hal Mumme (Valdosta State, 1996 & Ken­tucky, 1997).

Most Schools: South Carolina’s Lou Holtz is the only coach to earn AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors at four different schools. Holtz earned the honor at North Carolina State (1972), Arkansas (1979), Notre Dame (1988) and South Carolina (2000). Brian Kelly (Grand Valley State, Cincinnati, Notre Dame) became the seventh coach to win district or regional honors at three different schools in 2012. He joins Jerry Claiborne (Virginia Tech, Maryland, Kentucky), Darrell Mudra (North Dakota State, Western Illinois, Northern Iowa), Houston Nutt (Mississippi, Arkansas, Murray State), Mike Price (UTEP, Washington State, Weber State), Jim Sweeney (Montana State, Washington State, Fresno State) and Jim Wacker (North Dakota State, Texas State, TCU) on that list.

Consecutive Years: Mount Union’s Larry Kehres is the only coach to win district/regional honors in seven consecutive years, winning in Division III from 2006-12. Northwest Missouri State’s Mel Tjeerdsma and Nebraska’s Bob Devaney are the only coaches to win district/regional honors in five consecutive years. Tjeerdsma earned the honor in Division II from 1996-2000. Devaney earned the honor in the AFCA’s old University Division (1962-66). Carroll’s Mike Van Diest joins Trinity’s (Texas) Steve Mohr, North Dakota State’s Ron Erhardt and Kehres as the only men to win the award four years in a row. Van Diest earned the honor in NAIA from 2007-10, while Kehres won his four in a row from 1999-2002 in Division III. Erhardt earned district honors in the AFCA’s old College Division (1967-68-69-70) while Mohr earned the honor in Division III (1996-97-98-99). Fourteen coaches have earned district or regional honors three years in a row. Ithaca’s Jim Butterfield (1978-79-80 and 1984-85-86) earned the award in three consecutive years on two different occasions.

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