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AFCA Coach of the Year Award
Awarded forTop college football coach
CountryUnited States
Presented byAmerican Football Coaches Association
First award1935
Most recentLuke Fickell, Cincinnati

The AFCA Coach of the Year Award is given annually to a college football coach by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). The award has had several different sponsors over the years, including Eastman Kodak Corporation, and thus also been named the Kodak Coach of the Year Award.


NCAA University Division / Division I-A/FBS

Year Coach Team
1935 Pappy Waldorf Northwestern
1936 Dick Harlow Harvard
1937 Edward Mylin Lafayette
1938 Bill Kern Carnegie Tech
1939 Eddie Anderson Iowa
1940 Clark Shaughnessy Stanford
1941 Frank Leahy Notre Dame
1942 Bill Alexander Georgia Tech
1943 Amos Alonzo Stagg Pacific
1944 Carroll Widdoes Ohio State
1945 Bo McMillin Indiana
1946 Earl Blaik Army
1947 Fritz Crisler Michigan
1948 Bennie Oosterbaan Michigan
1949 Bud Wilkinson Oklahoma
1950 Charlie Caldwell Princeton
1951 Chuck Taylor Stanford
1952 Clarence Munn Michigan State
1953 Jim Tatum Maryland
1954 Henry Russell Sanders UCLA
1955 Duffy Daugherty Michigan State
1956 Bowden Wyatt Tennessee
1957 Woody Hayes Ohio State
1958 Paul Dietzel LSU
1959 Ben Schwartzwalder Syracuse
1960 Murray Warmath Minnesota
1961 Bear Bryant Alabama
1962 John McKay USC
1963 Darrell Royal Texas
1964 Frank Broyles Arkansas
Ara Parseghian Notre Dame
1965 Tommy Prothro UCLA
1966 Tom Cahill Army
1967 John Pont Indiana
1968 Joe Paterno Penn State
1969 Bo Schembechler Michigan
1970 Charles McClendon LSU
Darrell Royal Texas
1971 Bear Bryant Alabama
1972 John McKay USC
1973 Bear Bryant Alabama
1974 Grant Teaff Baylor
1975 Frank Kush Arizona State
1976 Johnny Majors Pittsburgh
1977 Don James Washington
1978 Joe Paterno Penn State
1979 Earle Bruce Ohio State
1980 Vince Dooley Georgia
1981 Danny Ford Clemson
1982 Joe Paterno Penn State
1983 Ken Hatfield Air Force
1984 LaVell Edwards BYU
1985 Fisher DeBerry Air Force
1986 Joe Paterno Penn State
1987 Dick MacPherson Syracuse
1988 Don Nehlen West Virginia
1989 Bill McCartney Colorado
1990 Bobby Ross Georgia Tech
1991 Bill Lewis East Carolina
1992 Gene Stallings Alabama
1993 Barry Alvarez Wisconsin
1994 Tom Osborne Nebraska
1995 Gary Barnett Northwestern
1996 Bruce Snyder Arizona State
1997 Lloyd Carr Michigan
1998 Phillip Fulmer Tennessee
1999 Frank Beamer Virginia Tech
2000 Bob Stoops Oklahoma
2001 Larry Coker Miami (FL)
Ralph Friedgen Maryland
2002 Jim Tressel Ohio State
2003 Pete Carroll USC
2004 Tommy Tuberville Auburn
2005 Joe Paterno Penn State
2006 Jim Grobe Wake Forest
2007 Mark Mangino Kansas
2008 Kyle Whittingham Utah
2009 Gary Patterson TCU
2010 Chip Kelly Oregon
2011 Les Miles LSU
2012 Brian Kelly Notre Dame
2013 David Cutcliffe Duke
2014 Gary Patterson TCU
2015 Dabo Swinney Clemson
2016 Mike MacIntyre Colorado
2017 Scott Frost UCF
2018 Mike Leach Washington State
2019 Ed Orgeron[1] LSU
2020 Tom Allen Indiana
2021 Luke Fickell Cincinnati

NCAA Division I-AA/FCS

Year Coach Team
1983 Rey Dempsey Southern Illinois
1984 Dave Arnold Montana State
1985 Dick Sheridan Furman
1986 Erk Russell Georgia Southern
1987 Mark Duffner Holy Cross
1988 Jimmy Satterfield Furman
1989 Erk Russell Georgia Southern
1990 Tim Stowers Georgia Southern
1991 Jim Tressel Youngstown State
1992 Charlie Taaffe The Citadel
1993 Dan Allen Boston University
1994 Jim Tressel Youngstown State
1995 Don Read Montana
1996 Ray Tellier Columbia
1997 Andy Talley Villanova
1998 Mark Whipple UMass
1999 Paul Johnson Georgia Southern
2000 Paul Johnson Georgia Southern
2001 Bobby Johnson Furman
2002 Jack Harbaugh Western Kentucky
2003 Dick Biddle Colgate
2004 Mickey Matthews James Madison
2005 Jerry Moore Appalachian State
2006 Jerry Moore Appalachian State
2007 Jerry Moore Appalachian State
2008 Mike London Richmond
2009 Andy Talley Villanova
2010 K. C. Keeler Delaware
2011 Willie Fritz Sam Houston State
2012 Craig Bohl North Dakota State
2013 Craig Bohl North Dakota State
2014 Sean McDonnell New Hampshire
2015 John Grass Jacksonville State
2016 Mike Houston James Madison
2017 Brian Bohannon Kennesaw State
2018 Joe Harasymiak Maine
2019 Matt Entz North Dakota State
2020 Scott Wachenheim VMI
2021 Matt Entz North Dakota State

NCAA College Division / Division II

This includes NCAA Division II and NAIA from 1983 to 2005.

Year Coach Team
1960 Warren B. Woodson New Mexico State
1961 Jake Gaither Florida A&M
1962 Bill Edwards Wittenberg
1963 Bill Edwards Wittenberg
1964 Clarence Stasavich East Carolina
1965 Jack Curtice UC Santa Barbara
1966 Dan Jessee Trinity (CT)
1967 Scrappy Moore Chattanooga
1968 Jim Root New Hampshire
1969 Larry Naviaux Boston University
1970 Bennie Ellender Arkansas State
1971 Tubby Raymond Delaware
1972 Tubby Raymond Delaware
1973 Dave Maurer Wittenberg
1974 Roy Kramer Central Michigan
1975 Dave Maurer Wittenberg
1976 Jim Dennison Akron
1977 Bill Manlove Widener
1978 Lee Tressel Baldwin–Wallace
1979 Bill Narduzzi Youngstown State
1980 Rick E. Carter Dayton
1981 Vito Ragazzo Shippensburg
1982 Jim Wacker Southwest Texas State
1983 Don Morton North Dakota State
1984 Chan Gailey Troy State
1985 George Landis Bloomsburg
1986 Earle Solomonson North Dakota State
1987 Rick Rhoades Troy State
1988 Rocky Hager North Dakota State
1989 John M. Williams Mississippi College
1990 Rocky Hager North Dakota State
1991 Chuck Broyles Pittsburg State
1992 Bill Burgess Jacksonville State
1993 Bobby Wallace North Alabama
1994 Bobby Wallace North Alabama
1995 Bobby Wallace North Alabama
1996 Joe Glenn Northern Colorado
1997 Joe Glenn Northern Colorado
1998 Mel Tjeerdsma Northwest Missouri State
1999 Mel Tjeerdsma Northwest Missouri State
2000 Danny Hale Bloomsburg
2001 Dale Lennon North Dakota
2002 Brian Kelly Grand Valley State
2003 Brian Kelly Grand Valley State
Mike Van Diest Carroll (MT)
2004 Chris Hatcher Valdosta State
2005 Chuck Martin Grand Valley State
2006 Chuck Martin Grand Valley State
2007 David Dean Valdosta State
2008 Mel Tjeerdsma Northwest Missouri State
2009 Mel Tjeerdsma Northwest Missouri State
2010 Bob Nielson Minnesota–Duluth
2011 Paul Winters Wayne State (MI)
2012 David Dean Valdosta State
2013 Adam Dorrel Northwest Missouri State
2014 John Wristen CSU–Pueblo
2015 Adam Dorrel Northwest Missouri State
2016 Adam Dorrel Northwest Missouri State
2017 Pete Shinnick West Florida
2018 Drew Cronic Lenoir–Rhyne
2019 Todd Hoffner Minnesota State
2020 No season due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Damon Wilson Bowie State

NCAA Division III

This includes NCAA Division III and NAIA from 1983 to 1995.

Year Coach Team
1983 Bob Reade Augustana (IL)
1984 Bob Reade Augustana (IL)
1985 Bob Reade Augustana (IL)
1986 Bob Reade Augustana (IL)
1987 Walt Hameline Wagner
1988 Jim Butterfield Ithaca
1989 Mike Kelly Dayton
1990 Ken O'Keefe Allegheny
1991 Jim Butterfield Ithaca
1992 John Luckhardt Washington & Jefferson
1993 Larry Kehres Mount Union
1994 Pete Schmidt Albion
1995 Roger Harring Wisconsin–La Crosse
1996 Larry Kehres Mount Union
1997 Larry Kehres Mount Union
1998 Larry Kehres Mount Union
1999 Frosty Westering Pacific Lutheran
2000 Larry Kehres Mount Union
2001 Larry Kehres Mount Union
2002 Larry Kehres Mount Union
2003 John Gagliardi Saint John's (MN)
2004 Jay Locey Linfield
2005 Bob Berezowitz Wisconsin–Whitewater
2006 Larry Kehres Mount Union
2007 Lance Leipold Wisconsin–Whitewater
2008 Larry Kehres Mount Union
2009 Lance Leipold Wisconsin–Whitewater
2010 Lance Leipold Wisconsin–Whitewater
2011 Lance Leipold Wisconsin–Whitewater
2012 Glenn Caruso St. Thomas (MN)
2013 Lance Leipold Wisconsin–Whitewater
2014 Lance Leipold Wisconsin–Whitewater
2015 Glenn Caruso St. Thomas (MN)
2016 Pete Fredenburg Mary Hardin–Baylor
2017 Jason Mangone Brockport
2018 Jim Margraff John Hopkins
2019 Nate Milne Muhlenberg
2020 No season due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Jeff McMartin Central (IA)


NAIA was included in the Division II and III groups until 2006 when it was broken into its own category.

Year Coach Team
2006 Kalen DeBoer Sioux Falls
2007 Mike Van Diest Carroll (MT)
2008 Kalen DeBoer Sioux Falls
2009 Kalen DeBoer Sioux Falls
2010 Mike Van Diest Carroll (MT)
2011 Mike Feminis Saint Xavier
2012 Steve Ryan Morningside
2013 Mike Woodley Grand View
2014 Mark Henninger Marian
2015 Mark Henninger Marian
2016 Kevin Donley Saint Francis (IN)
2017 Kevin Donley Saint Francis (IN)
2018 Steve Ryan Morningside
2019 Steve Ryan Morningside
2020 Chris Oliver Lindsey Wilson
2021 Steve Ryan Morningside

Assistant Coach of the Year Award

The Assistant Coach of the Year Award is presented to a deserving assistant coach in each of the four NCAA football divisions and the NAIA. The award was created to honor assistant coaches who excel in community service, commitment to the student-athlete, on-field coaching success and AFCA and professional organization involvement.

Year Division Coach Team
1997 Division I-A Alan Gooch UCF
Division I-AA Alonzo Lee Hampton
Division II Richard Cundiff Texas A&M–Kingsville
Division III Roland Christensen Wisconsin–La Crosse
NAIA Samuel Wickliffe Campbellsville
1998 Division I-A Richard Bell Air Force
Division I-AA John Wright Hampton
Division II Wesley McGriff Kentucky State
Division III Mike Plinske Bethel (MN)
NAIA Eric Graves Campbellsville
1999 Division I-A Jerry Sandusky Penn State
Division I-AA David Bailiff Southwest Texas State
Division II Mike Moroski UC Davis
Division III Don Montgomery Mount Union
NAIA Haywood Riner Campbellsville
2000 Division I-A John Gutekunst South Carolina
Division I-AA John Shannon Jackson State
Division II Kyle Schweigert North Dakota
Division III Don DeWaard Central (IA)
NAIA Bill O'Boyle Hastings
2001 Division I-A Fred Jackson Michigan
Division I-AA Tom Gilmore Lehigh
Division II Bart Tatum Northwest Missouri State
Division III Chris Meidt Bethel (MN)
NAIA Roger VanDeZande Southern Oregon
2002 Division I-A Ron Aiken Iowa
Division I-AA Roy Wittke Eastern Illinois
Division II Tony Ierulli Shippensburg
Division III Brian Ward Wabash
NAIA Charles Gartenmayer Benedictine
2003 Division I-A Chuck Petersen Air Force
Division I-AA Donovan Rose Hampton
Division II Mike Turner Carson–Newman
Division III Pedro Arruza Washington (MO)
NAIA Mike Gardner Tabor
2004 Division I-A Brian White Wisconsin
Division I-AA Tony Pierce Alabama State
Division II Brian Hughes C. W. Post
Division III Keith Emery Johns Hopkins
NAIA Nick Howlett Carroll (MT)
2005 Division I-A Michael Haywood Notre Dame
Division I-AA Galen Scott Illinois State
Division II Cary Fowler Midwestern State
Division III Dan Garrett Kean
NAIA Allen Friesen Dana
2006 Division I FBS John Chavis Tennessee
Division I FCS Sam Eddy Youngstown State
Division II Mike Terwilliger East Stroudsburg
Division III Jeff Wojtowicz Mount Union
NAIA Colby Hensley Kansas Wesleyan
2007 Division I FBS Calvin Magee West Virginia
Division I FCS Tom Matukewicz Southern Illinois
Division II Scott Bostwick Northwest Missouri State
Division III Neal Neathery Wabash
NAIA Ryan Nourse Morningside
2008 Division I FBS Mac McWhorter Texas
Division I FCS John Loose Lafayette
Division II Matt Entz Winona State
Division III Dick Bowzer Central (IA)
NAIA Dennis Murphy Benedictine
2009 Division I FBS Mike MacIntyre Duke
Division I FCS Mark Speir Appalachian State
Division II David Needs Carson–Newman
Division III Jeff Thomas Redlands
NAIA Josh Gehring Morningside
2010 Division I FBS Luke Fickell Ohio State
Division I FCS Rick Fox Drake
Division II Joe Lorig Central Washington
Division III Chris Rusiewicz Ursinus
NAIA Doug Schleeman Montana Tech
2011 Division I FBS Norm Parker Iowa
Division I FCS Jason McEndoo Montana State
Division II Hank McClung Central Missouri
Division III Greg Peterson Bethel (MN)
NAIA Craig Mullins Georgetown (KY)
2012 Division I FBS Kirby Smart Alabama
Division I FCS John Revere Eastern Kentucky
Division II A. J. Blazek Winona State
Division III Joe Early Middlebury
NAIA Gregg Horner Valley City State
2013 Division I FBS Chad Morris Clemson
Division I FCS John Banaszak Robert Morris
Division II Denares Waites Carson–Newman
Division III Michael Schmidt Dubuque
NAIA Jim Hogan Carroll (MT)
2014 Division I FBS Gary Campbell Oregon
Division I FCS Robert Wimberly Liberty
Division II Joel Williams Delta State
Division III John Davis Gallaudet
NAIA Alan Dykens Graceland
2015 Division I FBS Don Brown Boston College
Division I FCS Mark Ferrante Villanova
Division II Ben Martin Colorado Mesa
Division III Jim Ryan Washington (MO)
NAIA Mike Gutelius Lindsey Wilson
2016 [2] Division I FBS Dan Brooks Clemson
Division I FCS Eric Dooley Grambling State
Division II Mike Aldrich Southwest Minnesota State
Division III Scott Kirchoff Bethel (MN)
NAIA Lou Varley Peru State
2017[3] Division I FBS Van Malone SMU
Division I FCS Brian Rock Holy Cross
Division II Taylor Breitzman South Dakota Mines
Division III Oscar Rodriguez La Verne
NAIA Billy Hickman Tabor
2018[4] Division I FBS Jeff Faris Duke
Division I FCS Milo Austin Morehead State
Division II Marcus Hilliard Virginia Union
Division III Mickey Rehring Johns Hopkins
NAIA Phil Kleckler Lindsey Wilson
2019[5] Division I FBS Mike Viti Army
Division I FCS Jason Eck South Dakota State
Division II Donnell Leomiti Colorado State–Pueblo
Division III Luke Cutkomp Chicago
NAIA Mike Ridings Marian
2020[6][7] Division I FBS Randy Bates Pittsburgh
Division I FCS Randy Hedberg North Dakota State
Division II No season due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Division III
NAIA Casey Jacobsen Morningside
2021[8] Division I FBS Newland Isaac Coastal Carolina
Division I FCS Corey Hetherman James Madison
Division II Mike Morita Virginia Union
Division III Paul Michalak Trinity
NAIA Matt Myers Kansas Wesleyan


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