Colorado's MacIntyre Voted 2016 AFCA FBS Coach of the Year

NASHVILLE, TENN. — Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre was voted 2016 AFCA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Coach of the Year, announced tonight by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) during the inaugural American Football Coaches Awards show, being televised on CBS Sports Network.

MacIntyre was selected by a vote of the Active I AFCA FBS members. The AFCA has named a Coach of the Year since 1935. The AFCA Coach 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 coaches.

MacIntyre earned his first AFCA National Coach of the Year honor after guiding Colorado to one of the best turnarounds in Pac-12 Conference history. After the Buffaloes finished last in the Pac-12 South Division during his first three seasons as head coach, MacIntyre led the Buffaloes to a 10-4 overall record, the Pac-12 South division title and an appearance in the Valero Alamo Bowl. The 10 wins this season are the most for Colorado since 2001.

MacIntyre began his coaching career in 1990 as a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia. After his two years at Georgia, he worked as an assistant coach, spending one year at Davidson, four years at Tennessee-Martin and two years at Temple. In 1999, he joined David Cutcliffe’s staff at the University of Mississippi. While with the Rebels, he coached on both sides of the ball, helping them to several bowl appearances.

In 2003, MacIntyre jumped to the pros, spending four seasons under Bill Parcells coaching the Dallas Cowboys defensive backs. His fifth and final season in the NFL was spent with the New York Jets.

MacIntyre returned to the college ranks in 2008, where he reunited with Cutcliffe at Duke. He spent two years as the defensive coordinator for the Blue Devils where his defenses were among the best statistically for Duke in over 20 years. In recognition of his accomplishments, the AFCA awarded him the 2009 AFCA FBS Assistant Coach of the Year award.

MacIntyre earned his first head coaching job at San Jose State University in 2010. He spent his first season aggressively recruiting and restructuring the culture of the football program. His hard work was evidenced in the results; the Spartans went from 1-12 his first season, to 10-2 and tied for first place in the Western Athletic Conference in his third season. After leading San Jose State to its first 10-win season in 25 years, Colorado came calling.

2016 Finalists for AFCA FBS National Coach of the Year
P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan; Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia; Mike MacIntyre, Colorado; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; Nick Saban, Alabama

About the American Football Coaches Awards
The American Football Coaches Awards, featuring the AFCA National Coach of the Year, is currently being televised live on CBS Sports Network. This marks the first time the AFCA is televising its annual awards. The live one-hour program is airing from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, and coincides with the AFCA’s annual convention. The host for the show, Eddie George, is a former Tennessee Titan running back and 1995 Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State. Follow @WeAreAFCA or visit AFCA.com for more information.

All-Time Winners: A total of 164 men representing 119 institutions have been honored by the AFCA as National 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 AFCA National Coach of the Year honors in their first season as a head coach.  Dean was the Division II winner in 2007; London was the FCS winner 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 in two different divisions. Tressel earned AFCA honors at Division I-A Ohio State in 2002 and Division I-AA Youngstown State in 1991 and 1994. Kelly earned AFCA honors at Division II Grand Valley State in 2002 and 2003 and FBS Notre Dame in 2012.

Top Individuals: Larry Kehres of Mount Union is the only coach in AFCA history to win National Coach of the Year honors nine times. He 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 is in second place with six AFCA Division III Coach of the Year honors – 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. Penn State’s Joe Paterno sits third with five AFCA Coach of the Year honors. Paterno earned his awards in FBS in 1968, 1972, 1982, 1986 and 2005. Northwest Missouri State’s Mel Tjeerdsma (1998-99-2008-09) and Bob Reade of Augustana (Ill.) College are the only four-time AFCA Coach of the Year winners. Reade earned the honor in 1983-84-85-86 in College Division II (now Division III). Alabama’s Paul “Bear” Bryant (1961, 1971, 1973), Sioux Falls’ Kalen DeBoer (2006, 2008-09), Northwest Missouri State’s Adam Dorrel (2013, 2015-16), Grand Valley State and Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly (2002-03, 2012), Appalachian State’s Jerry Moore (2005-06-07), Youngstown State and Ohio State’s Jim Tressel (1991, 1994, 2003), Carroll’s Mike Van Diest (2003, 2007, 2010) 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 also 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 AFCA National Coach of the Year Award nine times. Northwest Missouri State and Wisconsin-Whitewater are the only schools with seven wins, while North Dakota State is the only school with six. Georgia Southern and Penn State are the only schools with five wins. Alabama, Augustana (Ill.), Grand Valley State, Michigan, Ohio State and Wittenberg are four-time winners.

Larry Kehres won all nine awards for Mount Union, while Joe Paterno won all five awards for Penn State. Lance Leipold’s six honors and Bob Berezowitz’s 2005 National Coach of the Year award account for Wisconsin-Whitewater’s seven honors. Mel Tjeerdsma’s four wins, plus Adam Dorrel’s three National Coach of the Year awards account for Northwest Missouri State’s seven honors. North Dakota State’s national winners are Don Morton (1983), Earle Solomonson (1986), Rocky Hager (1988, 1990) and Craig Bohl (2012, 2013). Paul Johnson (1999, 2000), Erk Russell (1986, 1989) and Tim Stowers (1990) are Georgia Southern’s honorees. Lloyd Carr (1997), Fritz Crisler (1947), Bennie Oosterbaan (1948) and Bo Schembechler (1969) are Michigan’s winners. Bill Edwards (1962, 1963) and his successor, Dave Maurer (1973, 1975), are responsible for Wittenberg being listed in the select four-win group. Gene Stallings earned Coach of the Year honors in 1992 to join his mentor, Bear Bryant, as Alabama’s four award winners. Augustana’s Reade accounts for all of his school’s awards. Ohio State’s Jim Tressel joins Carroll Widdoes (1944), Woody  Hayes (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 (Jerry Moore, 2005-06-07), Delaware (Harold “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), USC (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 that each have three winners.

Two-Timers: Jim Butterfield, Ithaca (1988, 1991); Glenn Caruso, St. Thomas (Minn.) (2012, 2015); David Dean; Bill Edwards; Joe Glenn, Northern Colorado (1996-97); Rocky Hager; Mark Henninger, Marian (2014-15), Paul Johnson; Chuck Martin; Dave Maurer; John McKay; Gary Patterson, TCU (2009, 2014); Tubby Raymond; Darrell Royal, Texas (1963, 1970); Erk Russell and Andy Talley, Villanova (1997, 2009) are repeat winners.

Back-to-Back: Kalen DeBoer, Adam Dorrel, Bill Edwards, Joe Glenn, Mark Henninger, 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. 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. Leipold won three straight from 2009 to 2011, then went back-to-back in 2013 and 2014, making him the only coach to accomplish that feat.

Fit to be Tied: In 2003, Brian Kelly and Mike Van Diest became the fourth duo in the history of the AFCA National Coach of the Year award to finish in a tie for the honor; they were also the first non-FBS 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 LSU and Darrell Royal of Texas were co-winners.

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