AFCA’S 2007 National Coach of the Year Winners

The American Football Coaches Association capped its 2008 convention by presenting its top coaching award — AFCA Coach of the Year — to five outstanding coaches.

Kansas’ Mark Mangino, Appalachian State’s Jerry Moore, Valdosta State’s David Dean, Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Lance Leipold and Carroll’s (Mont.) Mike Van Diest are the 2006 AFCA National Coach of the Year winners. Mangino in the FBS, Moore in the FCS, Dean in Division II, Leipold  in Division III and Van Diest in the 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 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.

Mark Mangino led the Jayhawks to an 12-1/11-2 record and a berth/victory in the FedEx Orange Bowl. The 11/12 wins are a school record and the Orange Bowl appearance is the first traditional New Year’s Day bowl trip for Kansas since 1969. He is the first coach in school history to lead his teams to three bowl appearances.

Jerry Moore led the Mountaineers to a 13-2 record, a third consecutive Football Championship Subdivision title and a stunning season-opening victory over Michigan to earn AFCA National Coach of the Year honors for the third year in a row. The national title was the third consecutive championship for the Mountaineers. The winningest coach in the history of the Southern Conference, Moore’s teams have made 13 postseason appearances and 14 of his 18 teams have finished the season ranked in the NCAA Division I-AA Top 25. 

David Dean led the Blazers to a 13-1 record and the NCAA Division II championship in 2007 to earn AFCA National Coach of the Year honors in his first sesaon as a head coach. Dean is just the second coach in Division II history to win a national championship in his inaugural season as a head coach. He served as Valdosta State’s offensive coordinator when the school captured the Division II title in 2004.

Lance Leipold led the Warhawks to a 14-1 record, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title and their first NCAA Division III championship in his first season as a head coach. Wisconsin-Whitewater was 14-0 against Division III competition this season, suffering its lone loss against Division II St. Cloud State. Leipold is the second coach from Whitewater to win AFCA National Coach of the Year honors in the last three seasons.

Mike Van Diest led the Saints to a 15-0 record, an eighth Frontier Conference championship and a fifth NAIA national championship in the last six years in 2007. Carroll is 104-18 over the last eight seasons. The AFCA honor is the second for Van Diest, who shared AFCA Division II honors with Grand Valley State’s Brian Kelly in 2003.

 

AFCA Coach of the Year Bios

Football Bowl Subdivision
Mark Mangino, University of Kansas: First AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Jayhawks to an 12-1/11-2 record and a berth/victory in the FedEx Orange Bowl ... Has a six-year career record of 37-36 (.506)/36-37 (.493) at Kansas ... The 11/12 wins are a school record and the Orange Bowl appearance is the first traditional New Year’s Day bowl trip for Kansas since 1969 ... Kansas has posted a 25-12/24-13 record in the last three seasons ... He is the first coach in school history to lead his teams to three bowl appearances in a span of five seasons ... Kansas has now won six or more games in three consecutive seasons for the first time since 1960-61-62 ... Served as ffensive coordinator at Oklahoma during the Sooners’ national championship season in 2000.
Previous AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Honors: I-A Region 4, 2007

Football Championship Subdivision
Jerry Moore, Appalachian State University: Third consecutive AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Mountaineers to a 13-2 record, a third consecutive Football Championship Subdivision title and a stunning season-opening victory over Michigan to earn AFCA National Coach of the Year honors for the third year in a row ... The national title was the third consecutive championship for the Mountaineers ... Has an 19-year record of 167-69 (.699) at Appalachian State and a 25-year career record of 194-118-2 (.618) at Appalachian State, North Texas and Texas Tech ... Winningest coach in Southern Conference history ... Earned his second AFCA Coach of the Year Award in 2006 when he led Appalachian State to a 14-1 record, the Southern Conference title and the NCAA Division I-AA championship ... Earned his first AFCA Coach of the Year award in 2005 when led Appalachian State to a 12-3 record, the Southern Conference title and the NCAA Division I-AA championship ... The Mountaineers have advanced to the NCAA I-AA playoffs 13 times, while 14 of his 18 ASU squads have finished the season ranked among the nation’s top 25 I-AA teams.
Previous AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Honors: I-AA Region 2, 1994-95-2005-06
Previous AFCA National Coach of the Year Honors: FCS, 2005, 2006

Division II
David Dean, Valdosta State University: First AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ...  Led the Blazers to a 13-1 record and the NCAA Division II championship in 2007 to earn AFCA National Coach of the Year honors in his first sesaon as a head coach ... Dean is just the second coach in Division II history to win a national championship in his inaugural season as a head coach ... In seven seasons as VSU’s offensive coordinator from 2000-2006 the Blazers recorded a 76-12 record and won the Division II title in 2004.

Division III
Lance Leipold, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater: First AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Warhawks to a 14-1 record, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title and their first NCAA Division III championship in his first season as a head coach ... Wisconsin-Whitewater was 14-0 against Division III competition this season, suffering its lone loss against Division II St. Cloud State ... The Warhawks appeared in the Stagg Bowl for the third year in a row this season ... Leipold is the second coach from Whitewater to win AFCA National Coach of the Year honors in the last three seasons ... Prior to being named the head coach at his alma mater, Leipold spent the previous three seasons as the offensive coordinator and associate head coach at the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he helped lead the Mavericks to three consecutive conference titles.

NAIA
Mike Van Diest, Carroll College (Mont.): Second AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Saints to a 15-0 record, an eighth Frontier Conference championship and a fifth NAIA national championship in the last six years in 2007 ... Has a nine-year career record of 104-18 (.852) at Carroll ... The AFCA honor is the second for Van Diest, who shared AFCA Division II honors with Grand Valley State’s Brian Kelly in 2003 (Prior to 2006, AFCA Division II consisted of NCAA Division II and NAIA schools for Coach of the Year purposes).
Previous AFCA National Coach of the Year Honors: AFCA Division II, 2003

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