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Saint Francis football coach Kevin Donley signs extension

Saint Francis football coach Kevin Donley walks the field before leading the Cougars to the NAIA national title on Saturday at Municipal Stadium, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Photo by Reggie Hayes of The News-Sentinel)
Saint Francis football coach Kevin Donley walks the field before leading the Cougars to the NAIA national title on Saturday at Municipal Stadium, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Photo by Reggie Hayes of The News-Sentinel)
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After leading the University of Saint Francis football team to its first NAIA title, coach Kevin Donley has received a contract extension.

Donley, 65, who also won his 300th game this season, signed a deal to remain coach through the 2021 season.

“What better way to bring our 2016 national championship season to a close than to lock up Coach Donley for another five years?” Director of Athletics Mike McCaffrey said in a release. “By signing Coach Donley to a five-year rolling contract, our current recruits understand they will be playing for the NAIA’s greatest coach for their entire college career.”

The deal ends speculation that Donley would retire after the 13-1 season that ended with a 38-17 win over Baker in the NAIA title game last Saturday in Daytona Beach, Fla.

“Some of our competitors may want to suggest Coach Donley is looking to retire, but we can assure everyone that the fire is burning as much as it ever has and Coach D will be here for the foreseeable future,” McCaffrey said.

Donley’s 302 wins make him the active wins leader in college football.

“I am truly grateful to the entire USF community for the opportunity to continue to coach college football, the game that I love,” Donley said in a release. “We started this program with a mission to develop quality young men into meaningful contributors to our community and to win some games along the way. Winning the national championship, bringing it back to Fort Wayne and the surrounding region is a tremendous accomplishment, a testament of our commitment to USF and our community.”

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