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Division II Coordinator of the Year


2012 Division II 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 II Coordinator of the Year award are Tim Beck (Pittsburg State, 2008), Scott Preston (Arkansas Tech, 2009), Ken Colllums (Abilene Christian, 2010) and Hunter Hughes (Colorado State - Pueblo, 2011).


Robert Henry

Chris Symington

Paul Tortorella

West Alabama

Colorado St - Pueblo

Indiana (PA)

Robert Henry - West Alabama

Their final record may not show it, but Robert Henry has been the architect behind a massive renovation of the West Alabama defense. The Tigers carved out an 8-4 record last season despite ranking 82nd in total defense, 83rd in pass efficiency defense, 60th in rushing defense and 40th in scoring defense. Henry helped the Tigers to a 9-4 record while leading Division II in pass efficiency defense (89.79), ranking sixth in total defense (283 yards per game) and 20th in scoring defense (19.4 points per game). In their 13 games, West Alabama held six opponents to seven points or less this season. The Tigers intercepted 20 passes this season, tied for 11th-most in Division II, and forced the 11th most turnovers in the country. West Alabama also ranked near the top of the Gulf South Conference in rushing defense (148.5 yards per game) and sacks (2.38 per game).

Key stats

1st in pass efficiency defense (89.79)

20th in scoring defense (19.4 ypg)

6th in total defense (283 ypg)

T-11th in interceptions (20)



Chris Symington - Colorado State - Pueblo

Colorado State - Pueblo has ridden Chris Symington's offense to an 12-0 record, a No. 1 ranking and a spot in the Division II quarterfinals. Symington has revolutionized the Thunderwolves' passing offense, which ranked 107th nationally each of the past two seasons and has jumped to 53rd this season. In 2010, CSU - Pueblo had Division II's 76th most efficient passing offense. The number jumped to 36th last season, and leaped all the way to 11th in 2012. Symington's offense also ranked inside the top 30 nationally with 204.4 rushing yards per game, 442.6 total yards and 35.9 points per game. The Thunderbirds opened the year by scoring 30 points or more in each of their first 10 games. With 24.4 first downs per game, CSU - Pueblo ranked 11th in Division II while also ranking near the top 20 nationally in red zone offense (41 touchdowns and 10 field goals in 58 trips) and third down offense (79-for-171).

Key stats

12-1 record

10 straight games of scoring 30+

11th in passing efficiency (159.9)

11th in 1st downs offense (24.4 pg)



Paul Tortorella - Indiana (PA)

Paul Tortorella's defense held an argument for the best unit on any level of college football. The Crimson Hawks led Division II in both total defense (257.9 yards per game) and scoring defense (12.5 points per game). The team also ranked third in rushing defense (80.1 yards per game, 2.55 yards per carry), 17th in pass defense (177.8 yards per game), 14th in pass efficiency (101.9 opposing quarterback rating) and third in turnover margin (1.5 per game). Tortorella's group pitched three shutouts this season and held seven opponents to 10 points or less. At just 15.5 first downs surrendered per game, Indiana (Pa.) was the fourth-toughest defense to move the ball against in Division II. With a 12-2 record, the Thunder Hawks' defense led the team into the Division II quarterfinals.

Key stats

1st in total defense (257.9 ypg)

4th in 1st downs defense (15.5 pg)

1st in scoring defense (12.5 ypg)

3rd in turnover margin (1.5 pg)



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