USF Head Coach Kevin Donley is chosen AFCA NAIA Coach of the Year

January 10, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — University of Saint Francis football Head Coach Kevin Donley can now add 2016 American Football Coaches Association NAIA Coach of the Year to the USF list of achievements from this season.

The winners were announced January 10 at the AFCA Victory Luncheon during the 2017 AFCA Convention in Nashville. They will also be honored at the inaugural American Football Coaches Awards show, to be televised live January 10 on CBS Sports Network at 9 p.m.

Donley’s 19th USF team won the NAIA Football Championship Series title in 2016, the school’s first NAIA football championship and Donley’s second NAIA title. The Cougars gave Donley his 300th career win with a come-from-behind 42-35 victory over fifth-ranked Morningside College in the quarterfinal round of the NAIA FCS. Donley is 188-44 (.810 winning percentage) at USF and earlier this season he became the only Mid-States Football Association Coach to reach the 100-MSFA wins plateau.

Donley is the winningest active collegiate coach at any level and he is the winningest coach in NAIA history. The 2016 NAIA Champion Cougars are Donley’s fifth 13-win team.

All Coach of the Year winners are selected by a vote of the Active I AFCA members (coaches at four-year schools) in their respective divisions. The AFCA has named a Coach of the Year since 1935. The AFCA Coach of the Year award is the oldest and most prestigious of all the Coach of the Year awards and is the only one chosen exclusively by coaches.

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. In 2016, the University of Saint Francis expanded its presence to downtown Fort Wayne. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis offers a robust campus experience including 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and three team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.