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2010 Division 1-AA Coordinator of the Year

2010 Division 1-AA Coordinator of the Year

The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football.  Finalists were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. A panel of coaches including previous recipients will determine the the 2010 winners. Votes tallied on this page are considered; however a panel of coaches make the final decision.  Voting for this award ends on Thursday December 16th.

Previous winners of the Division 1-AA Coordinator of the Year award are Heishma Northern (Prairie View A&M, 2008) and Bob Shoop (William & Mary, 2009).

Mark Orlando
Brent Pry
Nick Rapone
Nate Woody
Bethune-Cookman Georgia Southern Delaware

Mark Orlando - Offensive Coordinator - Bethune-Cookman College

Mark Orlando joined the Bethune-Cookman staff last off-season under first-year head coach Brian Jenkins. Orlando led the biggest offensive turnaround in the country, hands down. The Wildcats improved from 15 points per game (2009) to 38 points per game this season. Coach Orlando helped the offense reduce the number of turnovers from 33 in 2009 to just 14 this season. Most importantly, with a first-year coaching staff, BCU finished the regular season 10-1 before losing to New Hampshire in the first-round of the D1-AA playoffs.

Key stats
2nd in Scoring Offense (38 PPG)
10th in Fewest Turnovers (14)
12th in Total Offense (425 YPG)
12th in Rushing Offense (212 YPG)
23rd in Third Down Conversions (42%)
10 Game Winning Streak

Brent Pry - Defensive Coordinator - Georgia Southern University

The Georgia Southern defense drastically improved under first-year defensive coordinator Brent Pry. The Eagles improved from 85th nationally in scoring defense (27 PPG) in 2009 to 9th nationally (17 PPG) this season. Georgia Southern (9-4) returned to the D1-AA playoffs and will play William & Mary in the quarterfinals on Saturday. GSU limited Navy, who averaged 31 points per game, to 193 yards and 13 points. The Eagles fell to Navy 13-7, but defeated #1 ranked Appalachian State 21-14, during which the defense allowed just 325 yards and recorded 3 takeaways. Georgia Southern finished 6th nationally in total defense (280 YPG) and 9th nationally in turnovers gained (29). One coach that nominated Pry for this award told FootballScoop, “Pry did a great job maximizing his personnel. He turned loose two bona fide inside guys in the 4-3. They also forced a lot of turnovers, which is what great defenses do. I give Pry a lot of credit, especially in his first season.”

Key stats
9th in Scoring Defense (17 PPG)
6th in Total Defense (280 YPG)
9th in Turnovers Gained (29)
6th in Fewest first-downs allowed (15 per game)

Nick Rapone - Defensive Coordinator - University of Delaware

Still alive in the D1-AA playoffs, Delaware leads the nation in scoring defense (12.3 PPG) under defensive coordinator Nick Rapone. After finishing 6-5 in 2009, the Blue Hens are 10-2 and co-champions of the Colonial Athletic Association. The Blue Hens are allowing 57 yard less per game this season than a year ago. One coach told us, “Rapone is a great coach and this year the defense stayed healthy. We found it really difficult to score in the red zone against his defense. I’ve coached against his defense for years and he really did one of his best jobs this season.” In fact, opponents have scored only 15 touchdowns in 33 trips (45%) inside the red zone.

Key stats
1st in Scoring Defense (12.3 PPG)
5th in Total Defense (278 YPG)
8th in Rushing Defense (99 YPG)
9th in Third Down Defense (30%)
29th in Turnovers Gained (25)

Nate Woody - Defensive Coordinator - Wofford College

Under the tutelage of defensive coordinator Nate Woody, the Wofford defense allowed 100 yards less per game this season than in 2009. Opponents scored touchdown on just 16 of 31 trips into the red zone. After allowing 33.4 points per game in 2009, the Terriers limited opponent to just 18.5 points per game this season. Wofford finished 9th nationally in total defense and 12th nationally in scoring defense. One opposing coach told FootballScoop, “The defense is really undersized, but nobody scores on them. Everybody talks about ‘They play hard.’ No really, these guys play their absolute tails off. The rally to the ball and play team defense. It’s a credit to Woody and their staff. He has done a great, great job with the defense this year.” Wofford finished the regular season 9-2. The Terriers will face Georgia Southern in the quarterfinals of the D1-AA playoffs.

Key stats
Southern Conference Co-Champs
9th in Total Defense (289 YPG)
12th in Scoring Defense (18.5 PPG)
13th in Turnovers Gained (28)

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