The American Football Coaches Association capped its 2015 convention by presenting its top coaching award – AFCA Coach of the Year – to five outstanding coaches. TCU’s Gary Patterson, New Hampshire’s Sean McDonnell, Colorado State-Pueblo’s John Wristen, Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Lance Leipold and Marian’s Mark Henninger all earned AFCA National Coach Of The Year honors.
The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, Mariota led the nation in passing efficiency (186.3) and “points responsible for” with 318 on the season. Wright led the nation in tackles for loss (28), was third in sacks (14) and fifth in total tackles (153).
TCU’s Gary Patterson and Eastern Washington’s Beau Baldwin highlighted the American Football Coaches Association’s 2014 Regional Coach of the Year winners. The AFCA recognizes five regional Coach of the Year winners in each of the Association’s five divisions.
Former Air Force, Arkansas, Clemson and Rice head coach Ken Hatfield has been named the 2015 recipient of the AFCA’s Amos Alonzo Stagg Award. The award honors those “whose services have been outstanding in the advancement of the best interests of football.”