|Sean McDonnell with Joe Yukica|
MANCHESTER, N.H. – University of New Hampshire head football coach Sean McDonnell was honored Tuesday night with the Andy Mooradian Award for outstanding contributions to amateur football. McDonnell was feted during the Joe Yukica-New Hampshire Chapter of the National Football Foundation's 26th annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner at the Executive Court Banquet Facility.
McDonnell, who will enter his 15th year as UNH's head coach in 2013, 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 and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Division I FCS Championship.
The Andy Mooradian Award is named in honor of the longtime UNH director of athletics (1966-87), who played three sports for the Wildcats (football, basketball, baseball). In October 1994, the playing field at Cowell Stadium was named Mooradian Field in his memory.
In 2012, McDonnell garnered the New England Division I Football Head Coach of the Year award from the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston for the fourth time (2000, '04,09, '12); he was tabbed the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Regional Coach of the Year for the third time in his career ('04, '05, '12) and garnered the New England Football Writers Division I FCS Coach of the Year for the fourth time ('05, '08, '10, '12).
McDonnell 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 Wildcats have strung together a nation-leading nine straight trips to the NCAA playoffs and have been ranked in the Top 25 for 126 consecutive polls, the nation's longest streak that dates back to Sept. 13, 2004.
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