Saint Francis football coach Kevin Donley wins another NAIA national award

Saint Francis football coach Kevin Donley talks with his players after their win over Morningside in the NAIA semifinals at Bishop D'Arcy Stadium. (Photo courtesy University of Saint Francis)

University of Saint Francis football coach Kevin Donley is No. 1 again.

Donley was named the American Football Coaches Association NAIA Coach of the Year for the second straight season Tuesday at the AFCA Convention on Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C.

Donley led the Cougars to a 14-0 season as they were ranked No. 1 wire-to-wire and won their second consecutive NAIA national championship with a 24-13 win over Reinhardt on Dec. 16 in Daytona, Fla.

“It’s a great thing to be voted National Coach of the Year by your peers,” Donley said in a released statement. “I’m quite honored by it, but we are all about team. It’s about building a team. This is a tribute to our players and our coaches.”

Donley now has 316 career wins, the ninth-most in college coaching history and the most of any active college coach. Saint Francis set a record for wins in a season by an Indiana collegiate program and posted the first undefeated season by an Indiana college team since Notre Dame finished 12-0 and won the national championship in 1988.

Saint Francis will have a community-wide celebration honoring Donley and the team at noon Tuesday at the Hutzell Athletic Center.

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