Grant Teaff to Receive 2017 AFCA McLaughry Award
Former AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff has been chosen as the 2017 recipient of the AFCA’s highest honor, the Tuss McLaughry Award. Teaff, who retired from his position as Executive Director in March 2016, will receive the award at the AFCA Honors Luncheon on January 9 at the 2017 AFCA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I’ve always felt that the McLaughry Award was the AFCA’s most prestigious award,” said Grant Teaff. “So to receive this award is very humbling because I have always looked up to those who have received it before me. I am truly humbled.”
Teaff, the fourth executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, was appointed to the position in 1994. While leading the Association, he moved the AFCA office from Orlando, Florida, to Waco, Texas, increased the membership and gave a voice to all segments of the coaching profession. Under Teaff, the AFCA increased its yearly publications, started an online educational venue and increased the number of educational opportunities for members at the national convention.
Teaff was heavily involved in the administrative side of intercollegiate athletics, serving on more than 20 key NCAA committees. Teaff currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Football Foundation, USA Football and the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment. He has always been active in fundraising and speaking for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He served two terms as Chairman on the FCA Board of Trustees.
In his 22 years, Teaff became one of the most effective administrators in intercollegiate athletics. In 2002, the Sporting News ranked Teaff as one of the most powerful administrators of college athletics. In December 2004, he was named one of the most influential people in college sports by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal.
Teaff’s legendary leadership skills began to be honed in West Texas at Snyder High School, where he was the captain of his football team. He would continue on to be the captain of his community and senior college football teams as well. Teaff would immediately apply that leadership to his chosen profession, taking on national issues as a coach and as an administrator.
Before taking over at the AFCA, Teaff was the head coach at Baylor University for 21 years, leading the Bears to some of the greatest seasons in the school’s history. Prior to that, Teaff was the head coach at Angelo State and McMurry and an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas Tech. Teaff began his coaching career in 1956 at Lubbock (Texas) High School for a year before moving on as an assistant at McMurry in 1957. As a head coach, Teaff won 170 football games, two Southwest Conference Championships and coached in 20 post-season bowls and all-star games.
He was inducted into eight Halls of Fame, including the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001, named Southwest Conference Coach of the Year six times and received the Eddie Robinson and AFCA Coach of the Year award in 1974. In 2006, Teaff’s peers awarded him with the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, one of the highest honors a coach can receive from the AFCA.
The Tuss McLaughry Award is given to a distinguished American (or Americans) for the highest distinction in service to others. It is named in honor of DeOrmond “Tuss” McLaughry, the first full-time secretary-treasurer of the AFCA and one of the most dedicated and influential members in the history of the Association. The award was established in 1964