2006 National Coach of the Year Winners

The American Football Coaches Association capped its 2007 convention by presenting its top coaching award — AFCA Coach of the Year — to five outstanding coaches.

Wake Forest’s Jim Grobe, Appalachian State’s Jerry Moore, Grand Valley State’s Chuck Martin, Mount Union’s Larry Kehres and Sioux Falls’ Kalen DeBoer are the 2006 AFCA National Coach of the Year winners. Grobe in Division I-A, Moore in Division I-AA,Martin in Division II, Kehres  in Division III and DeBoer 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.

Jim Grobe led the Demon Deacons to an 11-3 record, the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and a berth in the Orange Bowl this season. The 11 wins are a school record and the ACC title is the first for Wake since 1970. He is the first coach in school history to take two of his teams to bowl games in the ACC era.

Jerry Moore led the Mountaineers to a 14-1 record, the Southern Conference title and the NCAA Division I-AA championship to earn AFCA National Coach of the Year honors for the second year in a row. The national title was the second consecutive championship for the Mountaineers. The winningest coach in the history of the Southern Conference, Moore’s teams have made 12 postseason appearances and 13 of his 17 teams have finished the season ranked in the NCAA Division I-AA Top 25. 

Chuck Martin led the Lakers to a 15-0 record, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title and the NCAA Division II championship in 2006 to earn his second consecutive AFCA National Coach of the Year Award. Grand Valley State is just the second school in Division II history to win 15 games in a season. Martin has a three-year career head coaching record of 38-3 (.927), including a 10-1 postseason record.

Larry Kehres led the Purple Raiders to a 15-0 record, their 17th Ohio Athletic Conference title and their ninth NCAA Division III championship this season to earn his record eighth AFCA Division III Coach of the Year Award. In 21 seasons at Mount Union Kehres has a career record of 246-20-3 (.920), including a 216-10-1 (.954) mark since 1990. Kehres’ teams are 51-8 all-time in the playoffs and 103-10 in OAC play.

Kalen DeBoer led the Cougars to a 14-0 record, the Great Plains Athletic Conference title and the NAIA championship this season to earn his first AFCA National Coach of the Year Award. In two seasons as a head coach DeBoer has a career record of 25-2 (.926) with two GPAC titles and two playoff appearances. DeBoer was an All-America wide receiver on Sioux Falls’ 1996 NAIA championship team and the offensive coordinator on their 2001 NAIA runner-up squad.

 

AFCA Coach of the Year Bios

Division I-A
Jim Grobe, Wake Forest University: First AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Demon Deacons to an 11-3 record, the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and a berth in the Orange Bowl this season ... Earned his first AFCA Regional Coach of the Year award earlier this season ... Has a six-year record of 37-35 at Wake Forest and a 12-year career record of 70-68-1 at Wake Forest and Ohio ... The 11 wins are a school record and the ACC title is the first for Wake since 1970. He is the first coach in school history to take two of his teams to bowl games in the ACC era ... Second-winningest coach in Wake Forest history ... Winningest coach in ACC play in school history.
Previous AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Honors: I-A Region 1, 2006

Division I-AA
Jerry Moore, Appalachian State University: Second AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Mountaineers to a 14-1 record, the Southern Conference championship and a second consecutive I-AA national title in 2006 ... Earned his fourth AFCA Regional Coach of the Year award earlier this season ... Has an 18-year record of 154-67 (.697) at Appalachian State and a 25-year career record of 181-116-2 (.609) at Appalachian State, North Texas and Texas Tech ... Winningest coach in Southern Conference history ... 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 12 times, while 13 of his 17 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: Division I-AA, 2005

Division II
Chuck Martin, Grand Valley State University: Second AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Lakers to a 15-0 record, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title and the NCAA Division II championship in 2006 to earn his second consecutive AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ... Has a three-year career record of 38-3 (.927) in three seasons at Grand Valley State ... Martin’s 2005 squad finished 13-0 and won the national title ... Martin’s 2004 squad finished 10-3 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division II playoffs, making him the winningest first-year head coach in the program’s history ... Served as an assistant coach for four years at GVSU (2000-2003) and was the defensive coordinator for the Lakers’ 2003 national championship squad ... Has been a member of the coaching staff for all four Grand Valley State national championships (2002-03-05-06) ... This season’s team is just the second in school history to finish with a perfect record.
Previous AFCA National Coach of the Year Honors: Division II, 2005

Division III
Larry Kehres, Mount Union College: Eighth AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ... First coach to win eight National Coach of the Year Awards ... Led Mount Union to a 15-0 record, its 15th consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference championship and ninth NCAA Division III championship this season ... Mount Union set an NCAA all-division record with 54 consecutive wins from 1996-1999 ... The OAC title is the 17th overall under Kehres ... Mount Union is 216-10-1 (.954) since 1990 and  has posted 15 undefeated regular seasons ... Career record is 246-20-3 (.920) in 21 seasons at Mount Union ... Has a 51-8 playoff record and 103-10 OAC record ... Mount Union is 148-2 in the last 15 regular seasons ... Only coach in AFCA history to win National Coach of the Year honors three years in a row, two times (1996-97-98 & 2000-01-02) ... Led Mount Union to NCAA titles in 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005 prior to this year.
Previous AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Honors: College II Region 4 1986-90-92-93; AFCA Division III Region 4 1996-97-99-2000-01-02-06
Previous AFCA National Coach of the Year Honors: College II, 1993; AFCA Division III, 1996-97-98-2000-01-02

NAIA
Kalen DeBoer, University of Sioux Falls: First AFCA National Coach of the Year Award ... Led the Cougars to a 14-0 record, the Great Plains Athletic Conference title and the NAIA championship this season ... Has a two-year career record of 25-2 (.926) with two GPAC titles and two NAIA playoff appearances ... Was an All-America wide receiver on USF’s 1996 NAIA championship squad and the offensive coordinator on the school’s 2001 NAIA runner-up team.
Previous AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Honors: Region 4 NAIA, 2006

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