WACO, Texas -- Sean McDonnell, sixth-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire football team, was named Region 1 Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association on Monday.
McDonnell, who was also named Coach of the Year by the Atlantic 10 Football Conference and is a finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year award, led the Wildcats to their first NCAA I-AA tournament bid since 1994 and its best record (10-3) since UNH was 10-2 in 1994.
The Wildcats won the Atlantic 10 North Division by rolling to five straight wins to end the regular season and McDonnell led his squad to eight consecutive road victories, the best performance ever by a UNH team in games away from Durham.
He also guided the 'Cats to their first Division I-AA postseason victory with a 27-23 road win against Georgia Southern in the first round. In addition, UNH's 35-24 win against Rutgers was the program's first win against a I-A team in school history.
UNH ranked No. 10 in the nation in passing (280.8 yards per game), No. 18 in offense (418.92 yards per game) and 21st in scoring (32.77 points per game).
The AFCA will announce its National Coach of the Year winner Jan. 11 at the 2005 AFCA Convention in Lousiville, Kent.