Brian Bohannon Named AFCA Region Coach of the Year
KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec 18, 2018) — After leading the Kennesaw State football team to back-to-back Big South Conference championships and consecutive FCS Playoffs quarterfinal appearances, head coach Brian Bohannon was named AFCA Region 2 Coach of the Year as announced on Tuesday morning.
The winners will be honored at the American Football Coaches Awards, on Tuesday, Jan. 8, during the 2019 AFCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The Regional winners in each division are finalists for National Coach of the Year. Bohannon is one of just three Division I football coaches to earn the honor in 2017 and 2018, joining Iowa State’s Matt Campbell and Jacksonville State’s John Grass.
In just four years, Bohannon has turned a start-up Kennesaw State football program into a national powerhouse, earning the No. 4 overall seed in the 2018 FCS Playoffs and leading the Owls to consecutive quarterfinal appearances.
With an overall record of 37-12, Bohannon guided KSU to the second-most wins by a Division I start-up program since 2008, sitting only behind Old Dominion's 38 victories in its first four seasons. The Owls are the only start-up team in their first four years to put together two separate 10-game winning streaks.
KSU has been unstoppable at home and had the third-longest home winning streak at 15 games entering the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs. The Owls are 22-4 all-time at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in four seasons of competition.
Before the 2018 season, KSU inked Bohannon to a three-year contract extension, keeping him as the head coach of the Owls through the 2023 season.
The AFCA began recognizing district coaches of the year following the 1960 season. The awards were established the same year Eastman Kodak agreed to sponsor the AFCA Coach of the Year award. Prior to 1960, the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain had sponsored the program, which recognized one national Coach of the Year.
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