2012 FCS Coordinators 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 Saturday December 15th. 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 FCS Coordinator of the Year award are Scott Stoker (Sam Houston State, 2011), Nick Rapone (Delaware, 2010), Bob Shoop (William & Mary, 2009) and Heishman Northern (Prairie View A&M, 2008).
South Dakota State
South Dakota State
North Dakota State
Sam Houston State
Clint Brown and Jay Bubak - South Dakota State
South Dakota State finished last season 5-6 and ranked 94th or below in every major defensive statistical category. The work of co-defensive coordinators Clint Brown (also the defensive ends coach) and Jay Bubak (linebackers) skyrocketed the Jackrabbits to a 9-4 record and an appearance in the second round of the FCS Playoffs. South Dakota State ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense (16.4 points per game), ninth in total defense (305.3 yards per game), fourth in passing efficiency defense (100.3 opponent quarterback rating) and 21st in rushing defense (124 ypg, 3.6 ypc). The Jackrabbits held all 11 FCS opponents at or below their scoring averages, and held up in some defensive struggles - a 12-8 win over UC Davis, a 17-7 defeat of Missouri State and a 16-12 win at Southern Illinois come to mind. Their finest performances came in a 58-10 drubbing of Eastern Illinois, in which South Dakota State held EIU 27 points and 100 yards below their season average, and in a 20-17 loss to North Dakota State in which the Bison accumulated 135 yards and 16 points less than their season average. Brown and Bubak's group ranked third in red zone defense, with just 16 touchdowns and eight field goals permitted in 40 trips, while also ranking 16th in first downs defense (just over 17 per game) and inside the top 30 in sacks and third down defense.
5th in scoring defense (16.4 ppg)
3rd in red zone defense (60%)
4th in pass efficiency defense (100.3)
4 more wins than last season
Chris Klieman - North Dakota State
Up at North Dakota State, Chris Klieman has led one of the most impressive defensive units in the country. The Bison are strong across the board and don't seem to have a weakness on the defensive side of the ball. Klieman's defensive unit lead the country in numerous categories including total defense (197.5 ypg), rush defense (63.3 ypg), scoring defense (11.1 ppg), and pass defense (134.3 ypg). To put their accomplishments on defense in perspective, the top defense in FBS (Alabama) allows over 230 yards per game, while the Bison aren't even allowing 200 yards per contest. Their front seven's ability to get into the backfield, led by linebacker Grant Olson (who averages nine tackles and one TFL for loss per game), has made it difficult for offenses to move the ball all season long. In their lone loss of the season, they allowed just 197 yards to a tough Indiana State team, and was the only game this season that they failed to sack the quarterback. Over the course of the year, 13 different players have recorded at least one sack. Klieman has put together a scheme that fits his defensive personnel and their ability to fly around with a reckless abandon (13 forced fumbles on the season) to wreak havoc on opposing offenses make them not only a very dangerous team in the FCS title hunt, but also one of the more fun teams to watch at the FCS level.
1st in scoring defense (11.1 ppg)
1st in rush defense (63.3 ypg)
1st in total defense (197.5 ypg)
1st in pass defense (134.3 ypg)
Doug Ruse - Sam Houston State
In his first year on Willie Fritz's staff, Doug Ruse's biggest accomplishment has been to keep the Sam Houston State offensive machine humming. Like last season, the Bearkats still lead the nation in scoring, but their scoring average has jumped from 39.5 to 44.6. In fact, every facet of the Sam Houston State offense has shown improvement over last season, as Ruse helped the Bearkats jump from 250.1 rushing yards per game to 284.9, passing yards improved from 164.7 yards per game to 195.6, thereby bumping the team's total yardage output from 414.8 yards per game (25th nationally) to 480.5, which ranks sixth. Ruse's work with quarterback Brian Bell has been most evident, as the junior has nearly matched his 2011 totals in four less games. In his last eight outings, Bell has tossed completions on 99-of-158 attempts (62.7 percent) for 1,272 yards (8.05 yards per attempt) with 14 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Those numbers are good for a 157 quarterback rating which, stretched over a whole season, would rank him fourth nationally. In all, Ruse's offense has produced an 66 touchdowns, the third most in FCS. The Bearkats also rank seventh nationally in red zone offense with 37 touchdowns and 13 field goals in 54 trips and are near the top 20 in third down offense.
2nd in scoring offense (42.3 ppg)
6th in pass efficiency (153.9)
9th in total offense (460.5 ypg)
T-7th in red zone offense (93%)
Brian Scott - Old Dominion
Following up an impressive offensive campaign in 2011 would normally be a tall task for a team that ranked in the top 20 nationally in total offense, scoring and pass efficiency, but that wasn't the case for Old Dominion offensive coordinator Brian Scott. Coach Scott has taken the offense to new heights this season en route to a 11-1 record and a spot in the FCS Quarterfinals. The Monarchs lead the country in total offense (549.4 ypg) and rank second nationally in passing offense (391.6 ypg). The next closest team in total offense is more than 45 yards behind ODU's mark. Individually, the on the field presence that quarterback Taylor Heinicke has provided has no doubt played a huge role in their success, and he has been recognized as one of three finalists (and the only quarterback) for the Walter Payton Award, given to the top player in the FCS. Back in September Heinicke passed for a D-I record 730 yards and shattered the D-I mark for passing yardage (716), total offense, passing yards in a half, passing yards in a quarter, total offense in a quarter and half, and also the most passes in a game without an interception. There's no doubt that Scott has built one of the most impressive and efficient offenses in the country down at ODU, and a legit threat for the national title.
1st in scoring offense (46 ppg)
QB Heinickie is a Walter Payton Award finalist
1st in total offense by more than 45 ypg (549.4 ypg)
QB Heinickie leads FCS in passing, total offense and TD passes
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