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AFCA Annouces Assistant Coach of the Year

January 02, 2008
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Jan. 2, 2008

Press release from AFCA offices

WACO, Texas -- The American Football Coaches Association is proud to announce its 2007 Assistant Coach of the Year winners, announced recently (Nov. 28). One assistant coach in the five different 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 in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, 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 2007 honorees are: Football Bowl Subdivision-Calvin Magee, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator & Runningbacks Coach, West Virginia University; Football Championship Subdivision-Tom Matukewicz, Linebackers Coach & Running Game Coordinator, Southern Illinois University; Division II-Scott Bostwick, Defensive Coordinator & Linebackers Coach, Northwest Missouri State University; Division III-Neal Neathery, Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator, Wabash College; and NAIA-Ryan Nourse, Defensive Coordinator, Morningside College.

"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. 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 and the success of the team and players that these assistant coaches have worked 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 2009 AFCA Convention or any other professional development clinic/convention of their choice. They will be honored at the AFCA Kickoff Luncheon, Monday, January 7 at the 2008 AFCA Convention in Anaheim, California.

The 2007 AFCA Coach of the Year award will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 9

The Winners

Football Bowl Subdivision
Calvin Magee, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator & Runningbacks Coach, West Virginia:
Magee is in his seventh season at West Virginia, and 18th overall ... He volunteers with the Technology Student Association at his daughter's school, and the African-American Awareness at his son's school ... Magee assists in organizing football student-athletes to volunteer for a community outreach program called "Praise Him at the Park," and is responsible for the implementation and organization of the Big Brother Program at West Virginia ... He also serves on the Drug Advisory Committee at WVU ... While coaching at the University of South Florida, Magee set up visits to the Shriners Hospital by USF players, and was a member of the Diversity Committee ... Since joining the West Virginia staff in 2001, Magee has coached four All-Big East selections and three All-Americans at runningback, including the Big East's all-time leading rusher, Avon Cobourne, with 5,164 yards.

Football Championship Subdivision
Tom Matukewicz, Linebackers Coach & Running Game Coordinator, Southern Illinois:
Matukewicz is in his seventh year at Southern Illinois, and 14th overall ... He is very active in his church, serving the congregation as a member of the Set-Up Committee ... Matukewicz participates in an annual Head Start Easter Egg Hunt and has participated in a local fishing derby for kids with special needs ... He also serves in a local FCA Bible Study for People of Sport and has been an active member of the local International Toastmasters Association ... Matukewicz has been a member of the AFCA PDS Committee ... He has been a part of three Gateway Football Conference championships at Southern Illinois, and has coached a two-time first team All-Gateway Conference linebacker, Royal Whitaker, and current NFL linebacker, Bart Scott ... Matukewicz begins each position meeting with five minutes of character development and makes personal goal setting a priority for each of his players.

Division II
Scott Bostwick, Defensive Coordinator & Linebackers Coach, Northwest Missouri State:
Bostwick has spent 22 years as an assistant coach, the last 13 with Northwest Missouri State ... He started two different community involvement programs for Bearcat athletics, the annual Spring Clean-Up and the Shawna Zech Memorial Bearcat Golf Classic, which has around 280 golfers each year that raises up to $40,000 for the football team ... For the Spring Clean-Up, Bostwick has players and coaches rake and clean up yards for senior citizens and others in the Maryville community, along with cleaning streets and highways each April ... Bostwick has coached three MIAA MVP's, two AFCA All-Americans, one Academic All-America selection, a Draddy Award finalist and over 30 first team All-MIAA selections ... His nationally ranked defenses have helped lead the Bearcats to eight MIAA titles since 1996 and two straight national championships in 1998 and 1999.

Division III
Neal Neathery, Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator, Wabash:
Neathery is in his seventh season at Wabash and 11th overall as an assistant coach ... He helps his wife home-school their three children, serves as an adult Sunday School teacher and regularly speaks to area churches and FCA huddles ... Neathery assists with the Wabash Youth Day, which brings 200-plus elementary and junior high age kids to campus for a fun football clinic ... He volunteers each year at a FCA football camp in Indiana, speaks to various coaching groups throughout the state and has twice been the featured speaker at Indiana's state football clinic ... Neathery organized a "Defensive Summit," where defensive coordinators came to Wabash to share ideas ... He has served the AFCA as a member of the Division III Assistant Coaches Committee, and coordinates the Child Identification program at Wabash ... Neathery is an active participant in the Indiana Home Educators Association and the Home School Legal Defense Association ... His defenses have been ranked in the nation's top 25 in four of the last six seasons, which have helped the Little Giants to four North Coast Athletic Conference titles in his seven years as defensive coordinator.

NAIA
Ryan Nourse, Defensive Coordinator, Morningside College:
Nourse has been an assistant coach for 10 years, the last seven at Morningside ... He is a volunteer for Read Across America, mentors at-risk students, tutors students in History and Political Science at Morningside College and is a helper with the Sloan School Early Childhood Education Program ... Nourse sets up volunteer opportunities for his players at Goodwill Industries, Sioux City Gospel Mission, YMCA and Read Across America ... Nourse developed the Junior Leadership Program, where he helps juniors build skills necessary to be leaders on the field, in the classroom, as professionals, husbands and fathers, and the Morningside Football Goal Setting Program, which is designed to teach players to strive for excellence in their football, academic, professional and personal endeavors ... Nourse's defenses have allowed no more than 13.2 points per game over the past four years, which has led the way for Morningside making four straight trips to the NAIA playoffs ... He has coached five All-Americans since 2004, with three of those players earning first team status.

AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Finalists for 2007

Football Bowl Subdivision: George DeLeone, Temple; Bill Lewis, Notre Dame; Calvin Magee, West Virginia
Football Championship Subdivision: John Loose, Lafayette; Tom Matukewicz, Southern Illinois; Herbert Parham, Morgan St.
Division II: Scott Bostwick, Northwest Missouri St.; Jarod Dodson, South Dakota; Matt Entz, Winona St.
Division III: Blaise Faggiano, St. John Fisher; Jim Miller, Bethel (Minn.); Neal Neathery, Wabash
NAIA: Chad Gehring, Evangel; Dennis Murphy, Benedictine; Ryan Nourse, Morningside

AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Notes
Fifty-five assistant coaches from 47 different schools have been honored by the AFCA since the inception of the award in 1997 ... Campbellsville (NAIA) and Hampton (Division I-AA) lead all schools with three winners each ... Campbellsville's three Assistant Coach of the Year Winners came in three straight years (1997-Samuel Wickliffe, 1998-Eric Graves, 1999-Haywood Riner) ... Hampton won its three awards in 1997 (Alonzo Wright), 1998 (John Wright) and 2003 (Donovan Rose) ... Air Force, Mount Union, Northwest Missouri State and Wabash have had two winners each.