WACO, TEX.-For the second consecutive year University of New Hampshire head coach Sean McDonnell has been named a District I I-AA Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. The announcement was made today.
McDonnell, who led his team to a UNH record 11 wins and its second appearance in the NCAA I-AA Quarterfinals, led his Wildcats to its first Atlantic 10 Football Conference championship since UNH took home the hardware back in 1994. Over the last two seasons, McDonnell's teams have posted an impressive overall record of 21-5.
Now in his seventh season as the head coach at UNH, McDonnell has recorded an overall winning record of 44-38.
As the District I representative, McDonnell will have the opportunity to be named AFCA I-AA Coach of the Year, which will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at the AFCA Convention in Dallas.
McDonnell, who was also named New England Coach of the Year by the New England Football Writers, is also one of 16 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award, given annually by the Sports Network to the top head coach in I-AA football. The Eddie Robinson Award will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Sheraton Road House Hotel in Chattanooga, Tenn. on the eve of the I-AA National Championship game.