FootballScoop is proud to announce that Scott Power is the 2015 FootballScoop NAIA Coordinator of the Year presented by ProGrass.
The Marian Knights claimed the NAIA national championship in 2015, and it was on the back of Power's defense the title was won.
In four playoff games, Marian allowed a total of 38 points -- 9.5 per game -- while permitting only 256.3 yards per game and 3.93 yards per snap. The Knights surrendered a scant 206 rushing yards (51.5 yards per game, 1.98 yards per carry) and 819 passing yards (204.8 yards per game, 5.22 per attempt) with an average of 14 first downs per game and a cumulative 64.9 percent success rate at getting off the field on third down.
It was that kind of season for Marian.
The club finished the season ranked third in NAIA in total defense, holding foes to just 263 yards a game and 3.9 a snap. Their run defense was the best the nation at 74 yards a game, 2.4 a carry. Only five opposing carriers found the end zone over a total of 440 rushes.
Marian was also the fourth-toughest team to throw the ball against, permitting 49.7 percent of opposing passes to be completed while recording more interceptions (23) than touchdown passes allowed (18), to go with 3.6 sacks per game, the third-most in NAIA.
All told, Marian allowed a total of 201 points in 14 games -- a 14.4 scoring average that placed second in NAIA.
Linebacker Ryan Hartnett was named a Second Team AFCA NAIA All-American. Defensive linemen Donnie Dulaney and Jamar White and linebackers Shaquille Ash and Hartnett earned First Team All-Mid-States Football Association honors, and defensive lineman Dewayne Beckford plus defensive backs Danny Rojas, Jeremy Shupperd and Eric Price received second team honors. Power also took home the MSFA Mideast League Assistant Coach of the Year award.
Power recently completed his third season as defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis-based university. He played at both Wisconsin-Platteville and Hanover College before pursuing a professional career in Europe and the Arena Football League, then returning and earning his bachelor's degree at IUPUI. Power has previously served as defensive coordinator at Wartburg College and for Benton Central High School in Oxford, Ind.
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. The finalists (Lucas Lueders [Morningside], Joe Woodley and Travis Johansen [Grand View] and Power) were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. The prior winners selected this year's winner.
Power will be recognized at an event at the AFCA Convention next week.
Previous winners of the NAIA Coordinator of the Year award are Joe Woodley (Grand View) and Ken Fasnacht (Southern Oregon).
3rd Nationally - Total Defense
1st Nationally - Rushing Defense
2nd Nationally - Scoring Defense
NAIA National Champions
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