- American Football Coaches Association
name = American Football Coaches Association
formation = 1921
membership = 10000
leader_title = Executive Director
website = [http://afca.com afca.com] The American Football Coaches Association is an association of football coaches on all levels and is responsible for the
Coaches Pollthat determines the national champion each year. The American Football Coaches Association is also responsible for the Top 25 poll for Division IIand Division III.
The AFCA was founded in a meeting for 43 coaches at the Hotel Astor in New York City on Dec. 27, 1921. It is headquartered in
Waco, Texas(the headquarters building is located across from Baylor University, formerly coached by AFCA executive director Grant Teaff).
Maj. Charles Daly of the
U.S. Military Academywas the first president. He was followed by John Heisman. Other presidents have included Bear Bryant, Darrell Royal, Eddie Robinson, Bo Schembechlerand Vince Dooley.
In 2006 the Association has 10,000 members and represents coaches at all levels including the
National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the National Junior College Athletic Association, the National Federation of State High School Associations, the National Football League, the Canadian Football League, USA Football, the National Football Foundation, College Football Hall of Fame, and Pop Warner Football.
Since 1940 it has awarded the annual
Amos Alonzo Stagg Awardto the "individual, group or institution whose services have been outstanding in the advancement of the best interests of football."
The Association has established a code of ethics and has made safety recommendations. It teams with
USA Todayfor the Division I-A Coaches Poll.
Since 1945, the American Football Coaches Association has selected an All-American team. It is the only one selected exclusively by the coaches themselves.
The AFCA currently selects an All-American team in four divisions: Division I-A, Division I-AA, Division II (NCAA Division II and all NAIA teams) and Division III (NCAA Division III teams). From 1945 until 1967, only one team was chosen. From 1967 through 1971, two teams, University Division and College Division, were selected. In 1972, the College Division was split into College I and College II. In 1979, the University Division was split into two teams — NCAA Division I-A and NCAA Division I-AA, yielding the four teams the Association names every November. In 1996, the College I and College II divisions were renamed AFCA Division II and AFCA Division III respectively.
All four AFCA divisions have an All-America Selection Committee consisting of a committee chairman, a district representative head coach from each of the AFCA districts in each division and two committeemen in each district who are also head coaches. The selection committees in each division conduct a conference call to select the team. The committee chairman and the district representatives are on the call. The district committeemen are not. Prior to the call, the district chairmen and his committeemen are responsible for gathering information on worthy players in their districts. In Division I-A, each head coach is polled in the preseason and at mid-season and asked for up to three deserving All-America candidates on their team and up to three players on other teams. Then in late October, the coaches vote on a 25-player team. The voting results are a part of the information that is considered when the selection committee names the team.
The Coaches’ All-America Team has been sponsored by various entities throughout the years but it is now under its own banner, the AFCA. These are the sponsors/publishers of the team throughout the years.
1945-47: Published in "
Saturday Evening Post"
1948-56: Published in "Collier's"
1994: Schooner’s International
AFCA National Championship Trophy
The AFCA National Championship Trophy is the trophy awarded by the
American Football Coaches Association(AFCA) to the winner of college football's BCS National Championship Game, which determines the national champion for purposes of the Coaches Poll. The trophy has been awarded since 1986.
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award
The Amos Alonzo Stagg Award is presented annually by the
American Football Coaches Association(AFCA) to the “individual, group or institution whose services have been outstanding in the advancement of the best interests of football.’’ The award is named in honor of Amos Alonzo Stagg, who was instrumental in founding the AFCA in the 1920s.
Donald Herring, Jr.
William H. Cowell(posthumously)
*1942 "No award given"
*1943 "No award given"
*1944 "No award given"
*1945 "No award given"
*1947 William A. Alexander
*1948 Gilmour Dobie, Glenn S. "Pop" Warner, Robert C. Zuppke
*1949 Richard C. Harlow
*1950 "No award given"
DeOrmond "Tuss" McLaughry
*1952 A.N. "Bo" McMillin
Dana X. Bible
Joseph J. Tomlin
*1956 "No award given"
*1957 Gen. Robert R. Neyland
*1959 Dr. John W. Wilce
*1960 Harvey J. Harman
*1962 E.E. "Tad" Wieman
*1966 Bernie H. Moore
*1969 Charles A. "Rip" Engle
Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf
*1971 Bill Murray
*1974 Alonzo S. "Jake" Gaither
Gerald B. Zornow
*1976 "No award given"
*1977 Floyd "Ben" Schwartzwalder
*1978 Tom Hamilton
*1979 H.O. "Fritz" Crisler
*1980 "No award given"
*1982 Eddie Robinson
*1983 Paul W. "Bear" Bryant
*1984 Charles B. "Bud" Wilkinson
*1988 G. Herbert McCracken
*1989 David Nelson
Tuss McLaughry Award
The Tuss McLaughry Award, established in 1964, is given to a distinguished American (or Americans) for the highest distinction in service to others. It is named in honor of DeOrmond “Tuss” McLaughry, the first full-time secretary-treasurer of the AFCA and one of the most dedicated and influential members in the history of the Association.
Tuss McLaughry, the award's namesake, began his coaching career at his alma mater, Westminster (Pa.) College in 1916. During his early days in coaching, McLaughry spent his spare time playing pro football with the Massillon (Ohio) Tigers. Knute Rockne was a teammate. He went on to become head coach at Amherst (1922-25), Brown (1926-40), and Dartmouth (1941-55). McLaughry retired from coaching in 1954, but continued in his capacity as chairman of the Physical Education Department at Dartmouth until 1960, when he accepted the appointment with the AFCA. He retired from that position in 1965.
*1964 Gen. Douglas MacArthur, armed forces
Bob Hope, entertainer
*1966 Lyndon B. Johnson, U.S. President
*1967 Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. President
J. Edgar Hoover, director, FBI
*1969 The Reverend
Billy Graham, evangelist
Richard M. Nixon, U.S. President
*1971 Edwin Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Apollo 11 astronauts
John Wayne, actor
*1975 Gerald R. Ford, U.S. President
*1977 Gen. James A. Van Fleet, armed forces
Jimmy Stewart, actor
*1980 Lt. Gen.
Jimmy Doolittle, armed forces
*1981 Dr. Jerome Holland, educator, business executive
*1982 Robert L. Crippen & John W. Young, astronauts
Ronald Reagan, U.S. President
Pete Rozelle, commissioner, NFL
*1986 Gen. Pete Dawkins, armed forces
Chuck Yeager, armed forces
*1988 Lindsey Nelson, sportscaster
*1989 George Shultz, U.S. Secretary of State
Burt Reynolds, actor
Tom Landry, Dallas Cowboys
*1994 Charley Boswell, war hero
*1996 Eddie Robinson, Grambling State University
*1998 George Bush, U.S. President
Andrew Young, U.N. Ambassador
Roger Staubach, Businessman, Pro and College Football Hall of Famer
*2003 Dr. Stephen Ambrose, Author and historian
Tommy Franks, armed forces
*2005 Dr. Christopher Kraft, NASA
Paul Tagliabue, commissioner, NFL
*2008 Tom Osborne, Coach and Congressman
List of presidents of the American Football Coaches Association
AFCA National Championship Trophy
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award
Walter Camp Man of the Year
Walter Camp Distinguished American Award
Walter Camp Alumni of the Year
National Football Foundation Distinguished American Award
National Football Foundation Gold Medal Winners
Theodore Roosevelt Award (NCAA)
* [http://www.afca.com/ Official site]
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