While you were busy networking, talking ball and enjoying all the finest things the Gaylord Opryland had to offer, the AFCA conducted some official business while in Nashville.
Texas head coach Mack Brown was named the AFCA's President for 2013. Officers include first vice-president Mike Welch (Ithaca College), second vice-president Tommy Tuberville (Cincinnati) and third vice-president Todd Berry (ULM).
Newly-appointed board members are Bronco Mendenhall (BYU) and Todd Knight (Ouchita Baptist). The existing board members included: Lee Owens (Ashland University), Jim Grobe (Wake Forest), Bill Cronin (Georgetown, Ky.), Frank Solich (Ohio), Mike Riley (Oregon State), Gary Patterson (TCU), David Bailiff (Rice), Mark Richt (Georgia), Pete Fredenburg (Mary Hardin-Baylor), Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Craig Bohl (North Dakota State), Tony Samuel (Southeast Missouri State), Bobby Kennedy (Colorado, chairman of the assistant coaches committee), Joe Taylor (head of minority coaches committee) and Ed Maloney (Dundee [MI] HS, head of high school coaches committee).
Additionally, the AFCA also announced its 2012 coaches of the year: Brian Kelly (Notre Dame) in FBS, Craig Bohl (North Dakota State) in FCS, David Dean (Valdosta State [GA]) in Division II, Glenn Caruso (St. Thomas [MN]) in Division III and Steve Ryan (Morningside [IA]) in NAIA. Two of those coaches led their teams to national titles this season, and all five reached the championship games of their respective divisions. Congratulations are in order to each very deserving winner.