Division III Coordinator of the Year


2012 Division III Coordinator of the Year

The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by ProGrass 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. The winner will be chosen by the previous winners of the award and will be announced on Sunday December 16th. 

The 2012 FootballScoop Coaches of the Year will be recognized and will receive their awards at a function at the American Football Coaches Association’s annual convention in January.

Previous winners of the Division III Coordinator of the Year award are Glen Fowles (Williamette, 2008), Jim Zebrowski (Wisconsin – Whitewater, 2009), Vince Kehres (Mount Union, 2010) and Wallie Kuchinski (St. Thomas, 2011).

2012Finalists


KehresMooreOGradyShinn
Vince KehresJeff MooreJohn O’GradyJeff Shinn
Mount Union (OH)Framingham St (MA)Wisconsin – OshkoshMary Hardin-Baylor (TX)




Vince Kehres – Mount Union (OH)

No defense in all of college football, at any level, has been as dominant as Mount Union’s defense has been this season. Led by defensive coordinator Larry Kehres, the Purple Raiders are the only defense in the nation to allow less than three yards per play (2.84).They also lead the country, including all divisions in total defense (172.3 yards per game), and run defense (37.2 yards per game, 1.28 yards per carry). Kehres unit is also one of only two programs in the country (all divisions) to allow less than 200 yards per game. Their ability to keep teams out of the end zone (6.9 points per game) is nearly half of what the top defenses allow in the FBS, FCS, and D-II. In fact, after allowing one touchdown in their season opener, Mount Union rattled off six straight shutouts where they outscored opponents by a margin of 342-0. This past weekend they rolled into their 18th straight Division III semifinal, and show no signs of letting up under Kehres’ impressive leadership.


Key stats

1st in scoring defense (6.9 ppg)

2nd in pass efficiency defense (79.02)

1st in total defense (172.3 ypg)

1st in rush defense (37.2 ypg)

  




Jeff Moore – Framingham State (MA)

Finding a weakness is not an easy thing to do when looking at Jeff Moore’s defense at Framingham State. In his second season with the Rams, Moore put together one of the best and well rounded defensive units in the country. These guys were among some of the best in the nation in stopping both the run and the pass, as well as forcing turnovers. Their run defense is among the top five in the country (63 yards per game), and so was their pass efficiency defense (No. 4 – 83.35). Their front seven got after it with the best in the country, racking up three sacks per game (22nd nationally) and nearly 10 tackles for loss per game (third in the country). Their pass defense not only allowed less than a 50 percent completion rate (48%) but also ranked third nationally in interceptions with 25, and lead the country in turnovers gained (42). It doesn’t get any easy for offenses in the red zone. The Rams allowed just two rushing touchdowns and seven passing touchdowns with the condensed field and allowed opponents to come away with points just 58 percent of the time. Moore’s well rounded unit gave offenses fits all season long, and will look to put a large portion of the workload next seasons on his side of the ball (they’ve proven they can handle it) as they build on their historic 10-2 season, which included a first round playoff loss by one point.


Key stats

2nd in total defense (221.1 ypg)

4th in pass efficiency defense (85.4)
6th in scoring defense (12.8 ppg)3rd in tackles for loss (9.83 pg)
  




John O’Grady – Wisconsin – Oshkosh

Wisconsin-Oshkosh has had a remarkable season. They’ve already made school history with their first ever 13-0 start, are on their way to their first D-III semifinal game, and quarterback Nate Wara is one of ten finalists for the Gagliardi trophy after an impressive senior campaign. Not bad for their first season with offensive coordinator John O’Grady calling the shots. Under O’Grady, the offense is one of the top teams in the country in taking care of the ball. Their 10 turnovers lost on the year tie for third nationally. They rack up nearly 495 yards per game each week and rank 16th nationally in scoring offense (39.3 points per game). Their bread and butter all season has been running the rock, having only five games this season where they failed to reach the 200 yard mark. The most impressive part about O’Grady’s group has been their resiliency in unfamiliar territory. Over the past three weeks in the playoffs, the Titans have been down early and had to come from behind to take the next step toward the Stagg Bowl, including a 15-point deficit to Linfield heading into the fourth quarter. In their first 16 plays against Linfield this past weekend they totaled 50 yards. In the next two plays alone they totaled 54 yards. That has been the story all year for this group. They just keep pounding away and keep their nose to the grindstone and good things keep happening, and there’s no denying that O’Grady is a big part of the reason for 2012’s success.


Key stats
11th in total offense (494.6 ypg)10th in passing efficiency (164.)
16th in scoring offense (39.3 ppg)T-3rd in turnovers lost (10)
  




Jeff Shinn – Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX)

Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Jeff Shinn has led one of the most prolific offenses in the country to an appearance in the D-III national semifinals. The Crusaders are one of just five teams in Division III that have run over 900 plays this season (996), and those plays have added up to over 542 yards per game, which ranks fourth nationally. In five of their last seven games Shinn has led an offense that has put up at least 50 points, and two of those contests were against quality playoff opponents. During a three game stretch early in the season, Shinn’s offense accounted for 18 touchdowns, which happens to be more than over 100 D-III teams accounted for over the course of the entire seasons. Hardin-Baylor’s deep playoff run has been the product of a high tempo, efficient (third in passing efficiency), and opportunistic offense (eighth in turnover margin). Shinn’s offense is a large part of why Hardin-Baylor is 13-0 for the first time in school history, and why they’re playing with so much confidence the closer they get to the national title game.


Key stats
2nd in total touchdowns (88)

4th in total offense (542.3 ypg)

2nd in scoring offense (50 ppg)

5th in rushing offense (306.5 ypg)

  




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