Awards

Werner Ladder AFCA FBS Coach Of The Year

Lynn “Pappy” Waldorf, then of North­western, was named as the first AFCA Coach of the Year in 1935. One national winner was selected from 1935 through 1959.  From 1960 through 1982, two national winners were selected — one representing the University Division and one from the College Division.  From 1983-2005, four national winners were chosen.

In 2006, the AFCA started honoring an NAIA Coach of the Year, bringing the total to the five honorees we have today. Prior to 2006, the NAIA was a part of the AFCA’s Division II membership category.

In 2019 the AFCA announced Werner, the world leader in ladders, as the title sponsor of the Werner Ladder AFCA FBS National and Regional Coach of the Year awards.

Voting Process

The current balloting procedure involves selection of 25 regional winners: five regional winners in each of the five divisions – FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA, who become finalist for national coach of the year. Following regional voting, five national winners – one from each division are chosen.

AFCA Power Of Influence Award

In 2002, the American Football Coaches Association and the American Football Coaches Foundation decided to implement a national award for high school head coaches. Since this award is so prestigious, we ask state high school coaches associations to nominate the most deserving head football coach in their organization.

The AFCA and The Foundation take great pride in nationally recognizing a high school football head coach who, for a lifetime, has had a powerful influence on his staff, players, and his community.

AFCA FBS Assistant Coach Of The Year

The Assistant Coach of the Year award was first presented in 1997 and was created to honor assistant coaches who excel in community service, commitment to the student-athlete, on-field coaching success and AFCA professional organization involvement.

The criteria for the award is not limited to on-field coaching ability or the success of the team and the players whom these assistant coaches work with. Service to the community through charitable work and other volunteer activities, participation in AFCA activities and events, participation in other professional organizations and impact on student-athletes are all taken into account in the selection process.

New AFCA 35 Year Members

The American Football Coaches Association created Club 35 in 1997. Club 35 is a support group made up of AFCA 35-Year members who will be the “eyes and ears of the AFCA.” Club 35 members will represent the AFCA in their areas of the country, calling on coaches in times of need and alerting the AFCA office to any difficult situations that may arise for a coach. Club 35 members will also be involved in promoting the AFCA and promoting membership in the Asso­ciation, primarily at the high school level, in their areas. Membership in Club 35 also includes the opportunity to attend a special session at the AFCA Convention dedicated to the group.

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