WACO, Texas – University of New Hampshire head football coach Sean McDonnell was named an American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) 2012 Regional Coach of the Year on Monday. McDonnell was one of five Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) coaches selected by AFCA members who vote for coaches in their respective regions and divisions.
It is the third career AFCA Regional Coach of the Year award for McDonnell, who was previously feted in 2004 and 2005. The 14th-year head coach guided the Wildcats to a co-CAA championship for the second time in his career (2005) with a 6-2 league record, and the 'Cats closed out the season with an 8-4 overall mark following Saturday's 23-7 loss at Wofford College in the second round of the NCAA Division I FCS Championship.
McDonnell, who earned his 100th career coaching triumph at Georgia State on Oct. 6, has posted a 104-66 record to become the second-winningest coach in school history, trailing only his mentor Bill Bowes (175-106-5) in overall victories. He was tabbed the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year in 2005, was crowned the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Head Coach of the Year in 2000, '04 and '09, and he is a three-time New England Coach of the Year ('05, '08, '10).
Under McDonnell's leadership, the No. 11/13 Wildcats have strung together a nation-leading nine straight trips to the NCAA playoffs and have been ranked in the Top 25 for a staggering 125 consecutive polls, the nation's longest streak that dates back to Sept. 13, 2004.
McDonnell and his fellow 2012 Regional Coach of the Year winners will be recognized at the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the 2012 AFCA Convention on Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Nashville, Tenn.
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