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 other athletic department personnel. The winner will be chosen by the previous winners of this award and will be announced on Friday December 12th.
The 2014 FootballScoop Coaches of the Year will be recognized and will receive their awards at an event held in their honor at the American Football Coaches Association’s annual convention in January in Louisville, KY.
Joe Woodley (Grand View [Iowa]) was named the inaugural NAIA Coordinator of the Year in 2013.
Lucas Lueders and Collin Prosser, Morningside College
Simply put, Morningside has blown people away this season. The Mustangs lead the entire country – by a mile – with a total offense average of 662.2 yards per game. Morningside also averages 55.5 points per game with 101 total touchdowns. They managed to hit 50 points or more eight times this fall, including a month long stretch where they averaged 74.75 points a game. The Mustangs’ attack also rips off an astounding 8.2 yards per play while averaging more than 300 yards per game on the ground and through the air. In all, Morningside led NAIA in eight separate offensive categories.
- 1st in all of college football in total offense (662.2 yards per game)
- 1st in scoring offense (55.5 points per game)
- 1st in yards per play (8.2)
- 1st in first downs per game (29.8)
- 1st in third down conversions (53.2%)
Ken Fasnacht, Southern Oregon
Take away Morningside’s ridiculous season and Southern Oregon has a strong case for owning NAIA’s top offense. The Raiders lead the nation in passing offense and rank second in total offense, scoring offense, first downs and third down conversions. Southern Oregon has scored at least 27 points in every game, and 40 or more in 10 of them – including 50 points a game in their run through the NAIA playoffs. And that’s where Southern Oregon one ups Morningside, as the Raiders will play for the NAIA championship, while Morningside was sent home in the semifinals.
- 1st in passing offense (379.7 yards per game)
- 2nd in total offense (563.7 yards per game)
- 2nd in scoring offense (45 points per game)
- 2nd in third down conversions (48.9%)
- 2nd in first downs per game (27.2)
Matt McCarty, Northwestern College
Northwestern owned arguably the best defense in NAIA in 2014. The Raiders led the country in scoring defense and total defense – their 3.6 yards per play average was 10 percent better than second-place Siena Heights – ranked fifth in rushing defense second in pass defense – again, they led the nation in yards per attempt allowed by a wide margin – and led the nation in pass efficiency defense (11 touchdowns allowed, 23 interceptions). Northwestern also ranked third in sacks per game (3.5), second in first downs allowed and first in third down defense.
- 1st in yards per play allowed (3.6)
- 1st in yards per attempt allowed (4.6)
- 1st in third down defense (24.9%)
- 1st in pass efficiency defense (11 touchdowns allowed, 23 interceptions)
- 1st in third down defense (23.2 percent)
Scott Power, Marian
Headed to face Southern Oregon in the NAIA national championship, Marian’s stone-wall defense will meet with Southern Oregon’s high-flying offense. The Knights have a multi-talented front, ranking second in NAIA in rushing defense and 10th in sacks. Marian is also a threat against the pass, ranking sixth in pass efficiency defense. Overall, Marian ranks seventh in scoring defense, ninth in total defense, seventh in yards per play allowed and 10th in third down defense.
- 2nd in rushing defense (78 yards per game allowed)
- 2nd in yards per carry allowed (2.5)
- 10th in sacks per game (2.8)
- 6th in pass efficiency defense (94.2)
- 7th in scoring defense (17.8 points per game allowed)
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