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MSU Bobcats Coach McEndoo Named AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year
The American Football Coaches Association is proud to announce its 2011 Assistant Coach of the Year winners. One assistant coach from the five divisions of college football has been selected for their dedication to their teams and communities.
Each year, staff representatives from NCAA and NAIA football-playing schools are asked to nominate an assistant for consideration. From those nominations, a winner is selected by the AFCA Public Relations Committee. The winners of this award were selected from Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and the NAIA.
The Assistant Coach of the Year award was first presented in 1997 and was created to honor assistant coaches who excel in community service, commitment to the student-athlete, on-field coaching success and AFCA professional organization involvement.
The 2011 honorees for the Football Championship Subdivision is Jason McEndoo, Offensive Line Coach, Montana State University.
“Once again, five outstanding assistant coaches have been selected for their dedication, not only to their teams, but to their communities,” said Executive Director Grant Teaff. “Often times, the head coach receives much of the credit for his team’s success, but any head coach is only as good as his assistants. Much of an assistant coach’s work is done behind the scenes. It is our pleasure to bring it to the forefront.”
The criteria for the award is not limited to on-field coaching ability or the success of the team and players that these assistant coaches work with. Service to the community through charitable work and other volunteer activities, participation in AFCA activities and events, participation in other professional organizations and impact on student-athletes are all taken into account in the selection process.
Winners of the Assistant Coach of the Year Award will receive a plaque to commemorate the award and an educational stipend to attend the 2013 AFCA Convention or another professional development clinic/convention of their choice. They will be honored at the AstroTurf President’s Kickoff Luncheon, Monday, January 9 at the 2012 AFCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Finalists for 2011
Football Championship Subdivision
Gary Smallen, Coastal Carolina
George Small, Florida A&M
Jason McEndoo, Montana State
Football Championship Subdivision
Jason McEndoo, Offensive Line Coach, Montana State: McEndoo is in his 12th year of coaching and has spent the last nine years at Montana State … McEndoo is the coordinator of community service projects for the Montana State football team, which accumulates over 800 hours of community service each year … Volunteered as a baseball coach for Bozeman Baseball, Belgrade Baseball and Bozeman T-Ball … McEndoo also volunteers at Morning Star Elementary School … Along with being a member of the AFCA, McEndoo is a member of the National Football Foundation and the NFL Players Association … McEndoo has coached six Bobcat All-Americas and nine First Team All-Big Sky selections, including Jeff Bolton, an All-America center who earned Rimington Award honors as FCS’s top player at that position, and 2010 consensus All-America Mike Person … MSU’s offensive line led the Big Sky in fewest sacks allowed in 2006 and 2008, and in rushing yards in 2008. In 2011, the Bobcats were second in the Big Sky Conference in rushing yards per game and first in scoring offense.
By American Football Coaches Association