NAIA Football Coach of the Year Award
Awarded forBest college football coach in the NAIA
CountryUnited States
First awarded1956
Currently held byMark Henninger, Marian

The NAIA Football Coach of the Year is awarded annually to the best college football coach in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. From 1979 to 1996, a separate award was given to the best coach in each of the NAIA's two football divisions.[1]

Winners

Single award (1956–1978)

Season(s) Winner Team
1956 Dewey Halford Morningside
1957 Muddy Waters Hillsdale
1958 Volney Ashford Missouri Valley
1959 Clarence Stasavich Lenoir–Rhyne
1960 Phil Sarboe Humboldt State
1961 Carnie Smith Pittsburg State
1962 Paul Durham Linfield
1963 Billy Nicks Prairie View A&M
1964 Jake Christiansen Concordia–Moorhead
1965 John Gagliardi Saint John's (MN)
1966 Forrest Perkins Wisconsin State–Whitewater
1967 Harold "Deacon" Duvall Fairmont State
1968 Billy Atkins Troy State
1969 Jake Gaither Florida A&M
1970 (DI & DII) Gil Steinke Texas A&I
1971 (DI & DII) Bob Shoup Cal Lutheran
1972 (DI & DII) Jim Frazier Missouri Southern State
1973 (DI & DII) Larry Korver Northwestern (IA)
1974 (DI & DII) Gil Steinke (2) Texas A&I
1975 (DI & DII) Gil Steinke (3) Texas A&I
1976 (DI & DII) Gil Steinke (4) Texas A&I
1977 (DI & DII) DeWitt Jones Abilene Christian
1978 (DI & DII) Jim Hess Angelo State

Separate awards (1979–1996)

Single award (1997–present)

Year Winner Team
1997 Dick Strahm (3) Findlay
1998 Vic Shealy Azusa Pacific
1999 Tim Albin Northwestern Oklahoma State
2000 Bill Cronin Georgetown (KY)
2001 Bill Cronin (2) Georgetown (KY)
2002 Carl Poelker McKendree
2003 Mike Van Diest Carroll (MT)
2004 Kevin Donley (2) Saint Francis (IN)
2005 Mike Van Diest (2) Carroll (MT)
2006 Kalen DeBoer Sioux Falls
2007 Mike Van Diest (3) Carroll (MT)
2008 Kalen DeBoer (2) Sioux Falls
2009 Kalen DeBoer (3) Sioux Falls
2010 Mike Van Diest (4) Carroll (MT)
2011 Mike Feminis Saint Xavier (IL)
2012 Steve Ryan Morningside (IA)
2013 Mike Woodley Grand View
2014 Mark Henninger Marian
2015 Mark Henninger (2) Marian
2016 Kevin Donley (3) Saint Francis (IN)

Coaches with multiple wins

Coach School Total Winning Years
Gil Steinke
4 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976
Mike Van Diest Carroll (MT) 4 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010
Ad Rutschman Linfield 3 1982, 1984, 1986
Dick Strahm Findlay 3 1992, 1995, 1997
Kalen DeBoer Sioux Falls 3 2006, 2008, 2009
Kevin Donley 3 1991, 2004, 2016
Larry Korver Northwestern (IA) 2 1973, 1985
Dennis Franchione Pittsburg State 2 1986, 1987
Joe Fusco Westminster (PA) 2 1988, 1989
Frosty Westering Pacific Lutheran 2 1983, 1993
Bill Cronin Georgetown (KY) 2 2000, 2001
Mark Henninger Marian (IN) 2 2014, 2015

Schools with multiple wins

School Total Winning Years
5 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979
Linfield 4 1962, 1982, 1984, 1986
Pittsburg State 4 1961, 1981, 1986, 1987
Findlay 4 1979, 1992, 1995, 1997
Sioux Falls 4 1996, 2006, 2008, 2009
Carroll (MT) 4 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010
Westminster (PA) 3 1988, 1989, 1994
Georgetown (KY) 3 1991, 2000, 2001
Hillsdale 2 1957, 1982
Concordia–Moorhead 2 1964, 1982
Northwestern (IA) 2 1973, 1985
Central Arkansas 2 1983, 1990
Pacific Lutheran 2 1983, 1993
Central State (OH) 2 1992, 1995
Morningside (IA) 2 1956, 2012
Marian (IN) 2 2014, 2015

References

  1. ^ "NAIA Championship History" (PDF). NAIA. p. 16. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 15, 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2016.