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North Dakota State's Craig Bohl Selected 2012 AFCA FCS Coach of the Year

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: January 08, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The American Football Coaches Association capped its 2013 convention by presenting its top coaching award — AFCA Coach of the Year — to five outstanding coaches on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

The winners will be honored Tuesday evening at the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, North Dakota State’s Craig Bohl, Valdosta State’s David Dean, St. Thomas’ Glenn Caruso and Morningside’s Steve Ryan are the 2012 AFCA National Coach of the Year winners. Kelly in FBS, Bohl in FCS, Dean in Division II, Caruso in Division III and Ryan in NAIA.

Bohl is the fourth NDSU to earn AFCA Coach of the Year honors. He joins Don Morton (1983), Earle Solomonson (1986) and two-time winner Rocky Hager (1988 and 1990), who each received the Division II award.

In 2012, Bohl led the Bison to a 14-1 record, a second straight Missouri Valley Football Conference title and a second straight FCS national championship. In his 10 years at North Dakota State, Bohl owns a 89-32 record, and those 89 victories place him second on the school’s all-time wins list. He earned the Eddie Robinson Award in 2012, AFCA FCS Regional Coach of the Year honors in 2011, and was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

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 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 the coaches themselves.

Brian Kelly led Notre Dame to a 12-1 record and an appearance in the BCS National Championship game. He has a 199-68-2 overall record in his 22 seasons as head coach, with two Division II National Championships in 2002-03 at Grand Valley State, two Big East titles at Cincinnati and two AFCA Division II Coach of the Year honors in 2002-03. In his three seasons as head coach for the Fighting Irish, Kelly has led Notre Dame to 28-11 record. 

David Dean led the Blazers to a 12-2 record in 2012 and the program’s third NCAA Division II national title in nine years, earning him AFCA Division II Coach of the Year honors for the second time. With those 12 wins, Dean brought his overall record to 54-17 and drew closer to Chris Hatcher’s program leading 76-win mark. He also earned AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors in 2010 after leading Valdosta State to eight wins, a NCAA Division II playoff berth and the school’s first conference title in six years. 

Glenn Caruso led St. Thomas to a 14-1 record, its third consecutive Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) championship and its first appearance in the NCAA Division III national championship game. Caruso has a five-year record of 57-8 at St. Thomas. The Tommies have recorded three straight 10-0 regular seasons, making the first time that has been accomplished in MIAC history. Caruso earned AFCA Regional honors in 2010 after leading St. Thomas to a 12-1 mark and a trip to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals. 

Steve Ryan led Morningside to a 13-1 record and an appearance in the NAIA national championship game this season to earn AFCA NAIA National Coach of the Year honors for the first time, to go along with a second straight AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honor. Ryan has an overall record of 98-31 in his 11 years as head coach at Morningside, ranking him second on the school’s all-time wins list behind Jason Saunderson with 118. He guided the Mustangs to a second straight Great Plains Athletic Conference title in 2012, and third under his tutelage. Morningside has made nine straight appearances in the NAIA playoffs under Ryan. 

 

AFCF Grants

The full-time assistant coaches at the five schools represented by the AFCA National Coach of the Year winners will each receive a $1,000 grant from the American Football Coaches Foundation that can be used to further their education or professional development.

 

Award History

Lynn “Pappy” Waldorf, then of North­western, was named as the first AFCA Coach of the Year in 1935. One national winner was selected from 1935 through 1959. 

From 1960 through 1982, two national winners were selected — one representing the University Division and one from the College Division. From 1983-2005, four national winners were chosen. 

In 2006, the AFCA started honoring an NAIA Coach of the Year, giving us the five honorees we have today.

Prior to 2006, the NAIA was a part of the AFCA’s Division II membership category.

 

Oldest Award

The AFCA’s Coach of the Year award is the oldest of all Coach of the Year awards and is one of only two Coach of the Year awards recognized by the NCAA in Football Bowl Subdivision and the only Coach of the Year award recognized in the NCAA’s three other divisions.

The NCAA does not select a “coach of the year” for college football. When a coach is referred to as “NCAA Coach of the Year,” he is usually the AFCA Coach of the Year winner. 

 

          All-Time Winners: A total of 152 men representing 109 institutions have been honored by the AFCA as AFCA 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 is the only coach to win AFCA National Coach of the Year honors at two different schools, and the second to win the honor 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.

 

Two Divisions: Brian Kelly is the second coach to win AFCA National Coach of the Year honors in two different divisions. He 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 has earned the award in Mount Union’s national championship seasons of 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006 and 2008. Joe Paterno of Penn State earned his Division I-A fifth National Coach of the Year Award in 2005 (1968-72-82-86). Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Lance Leipold (2007, 2009-10-11) joins Northwest Missouri State’s Mel Tjeerdsma (1998-99-2008-09) and Bob Reade of Augustana (Ill.) College as 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). 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 AFCA National Coach of the Year Award nine times. Georgia Southern, North Dakota State, Penn State and Wisconsin-Whitewater are the only schools with five winners. Alabama, Augustana (Ill.), Grand Valley State, Michigan, Northwest Missouri State, 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) and 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). Lance Leipold’s four honors and Bob Berezowitz’s 2005 National Coach of the Year award account for Wisconsin-Whitewater’s five honors. Mel Tjeerdsma accounts for all of Northwest Missouri’s awards. Lloyd Carr (1997), Fritz Crisler (1947), Bennie Oosterbaan (1948) and Bo Schembechler (1969) are 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  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 More, 2005-06-07), Delaware (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 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 and Bobby Wallace 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 AFCA National 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.

 

AFCA Coach of the Year Bios

 

Football Bowl Subdivision

Brian Kelly, University of Notre Dame

First AFCA FBS National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Fighting Irish to a 12-1 record and an appearance in the BCS National Championship game this season ... Has a 199-68-2 overall record in his 22 years as a head coach at Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Central Michigan and Grand Valley State ... His 12 wins in the 2012 season mark the best season for the Fighting Irish since 1988 ... Guided Cincinnati to a 34-6 record in his three years with two Big East titles and earned three Big East Coach of the Year honors from 2007-09 ... Spent three seasons at Central Michigan with a 19-16 overall mark, leading the Chippewas to a 9-4 mark and a Mid-American Conference title in 2006 ... Head Coach at Grand Valley State for 13 years, leading the Lakers to a 118-35-2 record and two NCAA Division II National Championships in 2002 and 2003 ... Has led three different FBS teams to seven straight bowl games since 2006 ... Earned an overall record of 34-6 in three years as head coach at Cincinnati, leading the Bearcats to three bowl games, including two BCS bowl games. 

Previous National Coach of the Year Honors: Division II, Grand Valley St., 2002, 2003

Previous Regional Coach of the Year Honors: Division II, Grand Valley St., Region 3, 1998, 2001; FBS, Cincinnati, Region 1, 2008-09; Notre Dame, Region 3, 2012

 

Football Championship Subdivision

Craig Bohl, North Dakota State University

First AFCA FCS National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Bison to a 14-1 record, a second straight Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) title and a second straight NCAA Football Championship Subdivision national championship this season ... In 10 years at North Dakota State, Bohl’s owns an 89-32 overall record ... Has guided the Bison to a 24-8 record against FCS ranked teams, and a 10-1 mark in the FCS playoffs ... North Dakota State has been ranked in the Top 5 for 42 weeks since moving to FCS in 2004, including 23 weeks at No. 1 ... 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 second time in 2012, along with being named the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year.

Previous Regional Coach of the Year Honors: FCS, Region 4, 2011

 

Division II

David Dean, Valdosta State University

Second AFCA Division II National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Blazers to their third NCAA Division II national title in nine years, and second under Dean in 2012 ... Has a 54-17 overall record at Valdosta State, which places him second on the school’s all-times wins list ... Led Valdosta State to a 8-3 mark, the Gulf South Conference title and a berth in the Division II playoffs in 2010, earning him AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors for the first time ... Earned AFCA Division II Coach of the Year honors in 2007 after leading the Blazers to a 13-1 record and a national championship in his first season as a head coach.

Previous National Coach of the Year Honors: Division II, 2007

Previous Regional Coach of the Year Honors: Division II, Region 2, 2010

 

Division III

Glenn Caruso, University of St. Thomas

First AFCA Division III National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Tommies to a 14-1 record, its third consecutive Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and its first NCAA Division III championship appearance in the program’s history ... St. Thomas finished No. 2 in the AFCA Division III Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, their highest ranking in school history ... Has a five-year record of 57-8 at St. Thomas, and an overall record of 63-20 including his two seasons at Macalester ... The 14 victories in 2012 tied an MIAC record for most wins in a season ... St. Thomas’ 50 wins in the past four years are the third most in Division III behind only Mount Union (57) and Wisconsin-Whitewater (52). 

Previous Regional Coach of the Year Honors: Division III, Region 5, 2010

 

NAIA

Steve Ryan, Morningside College

First AFCA NAIA National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Mustangs to a 13-1 record and an appearance in the NAIA championship game this season ... Has an 11-year career record of 98-31 at Morningside ... His 98 victories rank second on the school’s all-time wins list ... Earned AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors in 2011 when he led the Mustangs to nine wins, the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) title and a trip to the NAIA playoffs for the eighth straight year ... Morningside has won three GPAC titles under Ryan (2005, 2011-12), and he has been named Conference Coach of the Year four times.

Previous Regional Coach of the Year Honors: Division II, Region 4, 2005; NAIA, Region 4, 2011, 2012

 

Past AFCA National Coach of the Year Winners

 

Football Bowl Subdivision

1935            Lynn Waldorf, Northwestern

1936            Dick Harlow, Harvard

1937            Edward E. Mylin, Lafayette

1938            Bill Kern, Carnegie Tech

1939            Dr. Eddie Anderson, Iowa

1940            Clark Shaughnessy, Stanford

1941            Frank Leahy, Notre Dame

1942            Bill Alexander, Georgia Tech

1943            Amos Alonzo Stagg, Pacific

1944            Carroll Widdoes, Ohio St.

1945            Bo McMillin, Indiana

1946            Red Blaik, Army

1947            Fritz Crisler, Michigan

1948            Bennie Oosterbaan, Michigan

1949            Bud Wilkinson, Oklahoma

1950            Charles Caldwell, Princeton

1951            Charles Taylor, Stanford

1952            Biggie Munn, Michigan St.

1953            James Tatum, Maryland

1954            Red Sanders, UCLA

1955            Duffy Daugherty, Michigan St.

1956            Bowden Wyatt, Tennessee

1957            Woody Hayes, Ohio St.

1958            Paul Dietzel, Louisiana St.

1959            Ben Schwartzwalder, Syracuse

1960            Murray Warmath, Minnesota

1961            Paul “Bear” Bryant, Alabama

1962            John McKay, USC

1963            Darrell Royal, Texas

1964            Frank Broyles, Arkansas

                    Ara Parseghian, Notre Dame (tie)

1965            Tommy Prothro, UCLA

1966            Tom Cahill, Army

1967            John Pont, Indiana

1968            Joe Paterno, Penn St.

1969            Bo Schembechler, Michigan

1970            Charlie McClendon, LSU

                    Darrell Royal, Texas (tie)

1971            Paul “Bear” Bryant, Alabama

1972            John McKay, USC

1973            Paul “Bear” Bryant, Alabama

1974            Grant Teaff, Baylor

1975            Frank Kush, Arizona St.

1976            Johnny Majors, Pittsburgh

1977            Don James, Washington

1978            Joe Paterno, Penn St.

1979            Earle Bruce, Ohio St.

1980            Vince Dooley, Georgia

1981            Danny Ford, Clemson

1982            Joe Paterno, Penn St.

1983            Ken Hatfield, Air Force

1984            LaVell Edwards, Brigham Young

1985            Fisher DeBerry, Air Force

1986            Joe Paterno, Penn St.

1987            Dick MacPherson, Syracuse

1988            Don Nehlen, West Virginia

1989            Bill McCartney, Colorado

1990            Bobby Ross, Georgia Tech

1991            Bill Lewis, East Carolina

1992            Gene Stallings, Alabama

1993            Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin

1994            Tom Osborne, Nebraska

1995            Gary Barnett, Northwestern

1996            Bruce Snyder, Arizona St.

1997            Lloyd Carr, Michigan

1998            Phil Fulmer, Tennessee

1999            Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech

2000            Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

2001            Larry Coker, Miami (Fla.)

                    Ralph Friedgen, Maryland (tie)

2002            Jim Tressel, Ohio St.

2003            Pete Carroll, USC

2004            Tommy Tuberville, Auburn

2005            Joe Paterno, Penn St.

2006            Jim Grobe, Wake Forest

2007            Mark Mangino, Kansas

2008            Kyle Whittingham, Utah

2009            Gary Patterson, TCU

2010            Chip Kelly, Oregon

2011            Les Miles, LSU

 

Football Championship Subdivision

1983            Rey Dempsey, Southern Illinois

1984            Dave Arnold, Montana St.

1985            Dick Sheridan, Furman

1986            Erk Russell, Georgia Southern

1987            Mark Duffner, Holy Cross

1988            Jimmy Satterfield, Furman

1989            Erk Russell, Georgia Southern

1990            Tim Stowers, Georgia Southern

1991            Jim Tressel, Youngstown St.

1992            Charlie Taaffe, The Citadel

1993            Dan Allen, Boston University

1994            Jim Tressel, Youngstown St.

1995            Don Read, Montana

1996            Ray Tellier, Columbia

1997            Andy Talley, Villanova

1998            Mark Whipple, Massachusetts

1999            Paul Johnson, Georgia Southern

2000            Paul Johnson, Georgia Southern

2001            Bobby Johnson, Furman

2002            Jack Harbaugh, Western Kentucky

2003            Dick Biddle, Colgate

2004            Mickey Matthews, James Madison

2005            Jerry Moore, Appalachian St.

2006            Jerry Moore, Appalachian St.

2007            Jerry Moore, Appalachian St.

2008            Mike London, Richmond

2009            Andy Talley, Villanova

2010            K.C. Keeler, Delaware

2011            Willie Fritz, Sam Houston St.

 

Division II

1983            Don Morton, North Dakota St.

1984            Chan Gailey, Troy St.

1985            George Landis, Bloomsburg

1986            Earle Solomonson, North Dakota St.

1987            Rick Rhoades, Troy St.

1988            Rocky Hager, North Dakota St.

1989            John Williams, Mississippi College

1990            Rocky Hager, North Dakota St.

1991            Chuck Broyles, Pittsburg St.

1992            Bill Burgess, Jacksonville St.

1993            Bobby Wallace, North Alabama

1994            Bobby Wallace, North Alabama

1995            Bobby Wallace, North Alabama

1996            Joe Glenn, Northern Colorado

1997            Joe Glenn, Northern Colorado

1998            Mel Tjeerdsma, Northwest Mo. St.

1999            Mel Tjeerdsma, Northwest Mo. St.

2000            Danny Hale, Bloomsburg

2001            Dale Lennon, North Dakota

2002            Brian Kelly, Grand Valley St.

2003            Brian Kelly, Grand Valley St.

                    Mike Van Diest, Carroll (Mont.) (tie)

2004            Chris Hatcher, Valdosta St.

2005            Chuck Martin, Grand Valley St.

2006            Chuck Martin, Grand Valley St.

2007            David Dean, Valdosta St.

2008            Mel Tjeerdsma, Northwest Mo. St.

2009            Mel Tjeerdsma, Northwest Mo. St.

2010            Bob Nielson, Minnesota-Duluth

2011            Paul Winters, Wayne St. (Mich.)

 

Division III

1983            Bob Reade, Augustana (Ill.)

1984            Bob Reade, Augustana (Ill.)

1985            Bob Reade, Augustana (Ill.)

1986            Bob Reade, Augustana (Ill.)

1987            Walt Hameline, Wagner

1988            Jim Butterfield, Ithaca

1989            Mike Kelly, Dayton

1990            Ken O’Keefe, Allegheny

1991            Jim Butterfield, Ithaca

1992            John Luckhardt, Wash. & Jeff.

1993            Larry Kehres, Mount Union                

1994            Pete Schmidt, Albion

1995            Roger Harring, Wis.-La Crosse

1996            Larry Kehres, Mount Union

1997            Larry Kehres, Mount Union

1998            Larry Kehres, Mount Union

1999            Frosty Westering, Pacific Lutheran

2000            Larry Kehres, Mount Union

2001            Larry Kehres, Mount Union

2002            Larry Kehres, Mount Union

2003            John Gagliardi, St. John’s (Minn.)

2004            Jay Locey, Linfield

2005            Bob Berezowitz, Wis.-Whitewater

2006            Larry Kehres, Mount Union

2007            Lance Leipold, Wis.-Whitewater

2008            Larry Kehres, Mount Union

2009            Lance Leipold, Wis.-Whitewater

2010            Lance Leipold, Wis.-Whitewater

2011            Lance Leipold, Wis.-Whitewater

 

NAIA

2006            Kalen DeBoer, Sioux Falls

2007            Mike Van Diest, Carroll (Mont.)

2008            Kalen DeBoer, Sioux Falls

2009            Kalen DeBoer, Sioux Falls

2010            Mike Van Diest, Carroll (Mont.)

2011            Mike Feminis, Saint Xavier

 

College Division 

1960            Warren Woodson, New Mexico St.

1961            Alonzo S. Gaither, Florida A&M

1962            William M. Edwards, Wittenberg

1963            William M. Edwards, Wittenberg

1964            Clarence Stasavich, East Carolina

1965            Jack Curtice, UC-Santa Barbara

1966            Dan Jessee, Trinity College

1967            A.C. Moore, UT-Chattanooga

1968            Jim Root, New Hampshire

1969            Larry Naviaux, Boston University

1970            Bennie Ellender, Arkansas St.

1971            Tubby Raymond, Delaware

1972            Tubby Raymond, Delaware

1973            Dave Maurer, Wittenberg

1974            Roy Kramer, Central Michigan

1975            Dave Maurer, Wittenberg

1976            Jim Dennison, Akron

1977            Bill Manlove, Widener

1978            Lee Tressel, Baldwin-Wallace

1979            Bill Narduzzi, Youngstown St.

1980            Rick Carter, Dayton

1981            Vito Ragazzo, Shippensburg St.

1982            Jim Wacker, Southwest Texas St.

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