January 10, 2013

McDonnell named Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Football Coach of Year

BOSTON – University of New Hampshire head football coach Sean McDonnell has been recognized as the New England Division I Football Head Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. McDonnell, who earns the award for the fourth time in his career, was honored at Thursday night's annual Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, Mass.

UNH's 14th-year head coach, who was previously feted in 2000, '04 and '09, adds this award to his impressive collection of '12 coaching accolades; he was tabbed the AFCA Regional Coach of the Year for the third time in his career ('04, '05) and garnered the New England Football Writers Division I FCS Coach of the Year for the fourth time ('05, '08, '10).

McDonnell guided the Wildcats to a co-CAA championship for the second time (2005) with a 6-2 league record, and the 'Cats closed out the season with an 8-4 overall mark following a 23-7 loss at Wofford College in the second round of the NCAA Division I FCS Championship.

McDonnell, the '05 Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year, secured his 100th career coaching triumph at Georgia State on Oct. 6 and 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.

Under McDonnell's leadership, the No. 13/13 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 126 consecutive polls, the nation's longest streak that dates back to Sept. 13, 2004.

Jeff Devanney of Trinity College was named the Divisions II-III Head Coach of the Year. 

Founded in 1932, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston is a charitable, non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers and supported by members' dues and contributions, gifts and sponsorships from the business community and proceeds from annual events. The club's award stewardship includes responsibility for several of the oldest nationally recognized and most tradition-rich honors in American sport, including the Bulger Lowe Award (1939), the Swede Nelson Award (1946) and the Walter Brown Award (1953). For more information, visit gridclubofgreaterboston.com.

For more information on UNH football, visit www.unhwildcats.com.

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