Morningside's Steve Ryan has been named the American Football Coaches Association's NAIA National Coach of the Year.
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Morningside College head football coach Steve Ryan has been named the American Football Coaches Association's (AFCA) 2012 NAIA National Coach of the Year.
Ryan guided the Mustangs to their greatest season in school this past season when Morningside posted a 13-1 record and appeared in its first-ever national championship football game. The Mustangs finished the regular season undefeated at 10-0, won their second consecutive Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) championship, and made their ninth consecutive post-season appearance in the NAIA Championship Series, where they lost 30-27 in overtime against Marian University in the 2012 Russell Athletic-NAIA Football National Championship on Dec. 13 in Rome, Ga.
Ryan was named the AFCA's 2012 NAIA Region 4 Coach of the Year in December.
He has a 98-31 record for a .760 winning percentage with the Mustangs for the highest victory rate in Morningside history. Ryan is second on Morningside's all-time coaching victory list behind Jason Saunderson, who compiled a 118-93-11 record from 1912-41. Ryan has led Morningside to nine consecutive appearances in the NAIA Championship Series and to GPAC titles in 2005, 2011, and 2012.
Ryan was named the GPAC Coach of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2011, and 2012 and received AFCA Region 4 Coach of the Year recognition in 2005, 2011, and 2012. He was the 2004 NAIA Football.net National Coach of the Year.
This year's other AFCA National Coach of the Year recipients are Notre Dame's Brian Kelly in FBS, North Dakota State's Craig Bohl in FCS, Valdosta State's David Dean in NCAA Division II, and St. Thomas' Glenn Caruso in NCAA Division III.
The winners will be honored at Tuesday night's AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner as part of the 2013 AFCA Convention in Nashville, Tenn.
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