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FootballScoop proudly announces the Divisional Coordinators of the Year awards finalists. In its eighth year, the FootballScoop Coach of the Year awards presented by ProGrass are the only set of coaching awards chosen entirely by their peers — coaches must be nominated by a fellow coach to be eligible for an award and winners are chosen by the prior winners of each award.

The FootballScoop Coach of the Year awards program honors a total of 17 coaches, recognizing outstanding work done by FBS coordinators and position coaches, divisional coordinators and essential FBS support staff. The FBS support staff finalists will be announced later this week.

Winners will be announced throughout the month and will receive their awards and be recognized at the AFCA convention in San Antonio in January.

FCS Coordinator 
– Tony Pecoraro, Alcorn State defensive coordinator – 3rd in sacks, #2 in pass efficiency defense, #4 in total defense
– Brett Elliott and Zak Kuhr, James Madison co-offensive coordinators – #2 in scoring, total offense
– Don Dobes, Dartmouth defensive coordinator – #1 in scoring defense
– Scott Larkee, Harvard defensive coordinator – #2 in scoring defense
– Lyle Hemphill, Stony Brook defensive coordinator – #1 in total defense, yards per play allowed
– Lance Guidry, McNeese State defensive coordinator – undefeated regular season, top 10 in a number of categories
– David Blackwell & Brandon Hall, Jacksonville State co-defensive coordinators – #12 in scoring defense, #11 in total defense, #6 in third down percentage, #4 in 4th down percentage, headed to Frisco, TX to play for the ‘ship
– Phil Longo, Sam Houston State offensive coordinator – #1 in total offense, #3 in scoring offense, FCS semifinals on Saturday

Division II Coordinator
– Rich Wright, Northwest Missouri State defensive coordinator – 2014 winner. #1 in in 5 categories, top 5 in 8 categories
– Zack Patterson, Slippery Rock offensive coordinator – #1 in scoring, #5 in total offense, #1 in first downs
– Nick Fulton, Colorado School of Mines offensive coordinator – #1 in total offense, #1 in passing, #2 in first downs
– Matt Rahl, McKendree offensive coordinator – #8 in total offense, #19 in scoring (in and out of the hospital for 4 weeks in middle of the season, beat pneumonia & kidney failure, endured dialysis while calling games, etc…)

Division III Coordinator
– Chip Knapp, Wesley offensive coordinator – #1 in total, passing offense, #7 in scoring
– Wallie Kuchinski, St. Thomas defensive coordinator – top 3 in four separate categories
– Chris Kappas, Mount Union defensive coordinator – best rushing defense in college football, #1 in total defense. Lead all division in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense and 3rd down defense.
– Dustin Beurer, Albion offensive coordinator – #3 in total offense, #6 in scoring, #9 in rushing, #5 in first downs

NAIA Coordinator 
– Lucas Lueders, Morningside offensive coordinator – #1 in scoring, total, #2 in passing defense, pass efficiency, #4 in rushing defense
– Scott Power, Marian defensive coordinator – #1 in rushing defense, #2 in scoring, #3 in total defense, sacks
– Joe Woodley and Travis Johansen, Grand View co-defensive coordinators – #1 in scoring, total defense, #2 in rush defense, #4 in pass defense


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