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Saint Francis' Kevin Donley named NAIA top football coach

Saint Francis football coach Kevin Donley walks the field before his team's NAIA championship game win over Baker on Dec. 17 in Daytona Beach, Fla. (News-Sentinel file photo by Reggie Hayes)
Saint Francis football coach Kevin Donley walks the field before his team's NAIA championship game win over Baker on Dec. 17 in Daytona Beach, Fla. (News-Sentinel file photo by Reggie Hayes)

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The honor is his third national coach of year award.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 12:04 pm
University of Saint Francis football coach Kevin Donley has been named the NAIA Coach of the Year. Donley received the award from the American Football Coaches Association today, and will be honored at the AFCA Awards show at 9 tonight. The awards will be televised by CBS Sports Network.

In his 19th season as the only head coach in Saint Francis history, Donley led the Cougars to the 2016 NAIA national title. Saint Francis beat Baker 38-17 in the championship game Dec. 17 in Daytona Beach, Fla., for its first football national championship title.

Donley won his 300th game this season in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs and is the winningest active coach in any level of college football, as well as NAIA history. His team finished 13-1 this season, his fifth 13-win team.

Donley’s career record is 302-129-1 and he is 188-44 at Saint Francis. His teams have won 12 Mid-States Football Association Mideast League championships.

Donley was also named NAIA Coach of the Year in 1991 and 2004. 



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