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.