CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Georgetown (Ky.) College head coach Bill Cronin will lead the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) in 2018 as president of the organization. Cronin, who moves up from first vice-president, succeeds outgoing president Rich Rodriguez of the University of Arizona. Cronin was elected president by members attending the Association’s 2018 convention this week in Charlotte, North Carolina.
"It is with great pride and honor that I accept this position of 2018 AFCA President," Cronin said. "Not many in their profession get an opportunity to be associated with such great leaders as the football coaching profession provides. These coaches have the ability to change lives because of their influence on countless young men. The AFCA provides a reservoir of knowledge, experience and inspiration to so many in our sport. I look forward to assisting Todd Berry and the AFCA staff in any way possible to continue this charge."
In addition to Cronin, the 2018 AFCA officers include first vice-president Frank Solich of Ohio University, second vice-president Gary Patterson of TCU and third vice-president Pete Fredenburg of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Also serving on the Board in 2018: Turner Gill, Liberty University; Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern University; Craig Bohl, University of Wyoming; Bronco Mendenhall, University of Virginia; Todd Knight, Ouachita Baptist University; David Cutcliffe, Duke University; Jeff McMartin, Central College (Iowa); Ken Niumatalolo, U.S. Naval Academy; Dan Mullen, University of Florida; Blake Anderson, Arkansas State University; Danny Rocco, University of Delaware; Paul Winters, Wayne State University (Mich.); Danny Pearman, Clemson University, ex officio member and chairman of the Assistant Coaches Committee; Van Malone, Southern Methodist University, ex officio member and chairman of the Minority Issues Committee; Michael Christensen, Lakewood (Calif.) High School, ex officio member and chairman of the High School Committee; and Mark McElroy, Saddleback College (Calif.), ex officio member and Junior College representative. David Shaw from Stanford University, Seth Littrell from the University of North Texas and Chris Klieman from North Dakota State University are newly elected members of the Board this year, serving as FBS and FCS representatives, respectively. AFCA Executive Director Todd Berry serves as secretary-treasurer of the organization.
Cronin completed his 21st season at Georgetown and is the winningest head coach in program history. He has an overall record of 192-53 and has led the Tigers to two NAIA national championships and 15 outright or shared Mid-South Conference titles. Georgetown has never had a losing season with Cronin in charge.
Cronin won two NAIA National Coach of the Year honors after leading the Tigers to back-to-back NAIA national titles in 2000 and 2001 with identical 14-0 records. He guided Georgetown to four straight NAIA national title games from 1999 to 2002 with an incredible win-loss record of 53-3. The Tigers have made it to the semifinals of the NAIA playoffs three other times under Cronin. He won his first AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honor in 2011 after leading Georgetown to a 12-1 record and a trip to the NAIA semifinals, then backed it up with a second Regional honor in 2012 after a 10-1 season and another trip to the NAIA playoffs.
Before being named the head coach at Georgetown, Cronin was the head coach at Madison Central (Ky.) High School from 1993-96. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at Georgetown from 1982 to 1992, helping the Tigers to the 1991 NAIA national championship. From 1981 to 1982, Cronin was an assistant at Anderson (Ind.) College. He got his start in coaching at Carmel Junior High School from 1978 to 1980.
Cronin was named to the AFCA Board of Trustees in 2007. He and his wife, Ellen, have three sons, Kevin, Chris and Cory, and one grandson.
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