BOSTON – University of New Hampshire head football coach Sean McDonnell has been recognized as the Division I FCS Coach of the Year by the New England Football Writers. McDonnell, who earns the award for the fourth time in his career, will be honored at the N.E. Football Writers Annual Awards and Captains Banquet on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, Mass.
The 14th-year head coach, who was previously feted in 2005, '08 and '10, claims this honor the same week he was tabbed the AFCA Regional Coach of the Year for the third time in his career (2004, '05). 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 Saturday's 23-7 loss at Wofford College in the second round of the NCAA Division I FCS Championship.
McDonnell, who secured his 100th career coaching triumph at Georgia State on Oct. 6, 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.
He was the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year recipient in 2005 and has been crowned the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Head Coach of the Year in 2000, '04 and '09.
Under McDonnell's leadership, the No. 11/13 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 125 consecutive polls, the nation's longest streak that dates back to Sept. 13, 2004.
Former UNH head coaches Chief Boston (1962), Joe Yukica (1967) and Bowes (1994) previously received this award, which has been handed out annually since 1953.
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