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Drake's Fox Named Football Championship Subdivision Assistant Coach Of Year
WACO, TEXAS – Drake assistant offensive line and special teams coordinator Rick Fox has been named the Football Championship Subdivision Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.
Each year the AFCA honors one assistant coach from the five divisions of college football for their dedication to their teams and communities.
The Assistant Coach of the Year award was created in 1997 to honor assistant coaches who excel in community service, commitment to the student-athlete, on field coaching success and AFCA professional organization involvement.
Fox is in his 25th year of coaching and has spent the last three years at Drake as assistant head coach under Chris Creighton.
Fox coordinates the community service efforts of the Drake football team and has established a year-round program whereby community service captains are chosen to help lead the events and programs.
He also encourages football players to participate in Meals from the Heartland, where they package food to be sent off to impoverished areas around the world.
Fox helps host a Special Olympics event at Drake each May, and takes football players to visit Blank Children’s Hospital, local Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Wilkie House, which is an after-school program for Des Moines youth.
As special teams coordinator and offensive line coach at Drake, Fox has coached two all-conference punters, two all-conference kickers and five all-conference linemen. Since 2000, he has coached an all-conference punter every year except two.
As offensive coordinator at Centre from 1999-2007, Fox produced 50 all-conference players and two offensive players of the year.
Fox will be recognized at the 2011 AFCA Convention Jan. 10 in Dallas, Texas.
Other assistant coaches who were honored were:
Football Bowl Subdivision - Luke Fickell, Ohio State
Division II - Joe Lorig, Central Washington
Division III - Chris Rusiewicz, Ursinus
NAIA - Doug Schleeman, Montana Tech
By Drake University Media Relations