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Gary Darnell, Associate Executive Director

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Gary Darnell, who spent 37 years as a college football coach for 11 different universities, was named the AFCA’s Associate Executive Director in May, 2012.

Darnell began his coaching career at Oklahoma State University in 1970, where he played football for three seasons (1967-69) and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. For three years, Darne...

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2007 AFCA President Ken Sparks Passes Away

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The AFCA is saddened to hear about the passing of 2007 AFCA President and legendary Carson-Newman head coach, Ken Sparks. He retired after the 2016 season, spending 37 years as the Eagles head coach. Sparks battled cancer for five years before passing away early Wednesday morning. He was 73. “The AFCA is very sorry to hear about the pa...

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AFCA Announces Division II, III and NAIA Coaches of the Year

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NASHVILLE, TENN. — Northwest Missouri State’s Adam Dorrel, Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Pete Fredenburg and Saint Francis’ (Ind.) Kevin Donley were voted 2016 AFCA National Coach of the Year winners, announced today by the American Football Coaches Association. Dorrel won in Division II, Fredenburg won in Division III and Donley won in NAIA. All Coach of the Year winners are selected by a vote of the Active I AFCA members (coaches at four-year schools) in their respective division...

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Tom Herman Wins Coach’s Play Call of the Year

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Nashville, Tenn. – It’s the play that moves immediately into lore. It swung the momentum, showed guts and made the difference. The USA TODAY Sports Coach’s Play Call of the Year is one of two awards to make its debut tonight during the inaugural American Football Coaches Awards show.

At the end of the regular season, USA TODAY Sports writers selected five plays where the head coach’s play call, not player talent or other factors, made a difference in the game. Fans vot...

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