The American Football Coaches Association has named Willie Fritz one of five FCS regional coaches of the year.
Fritz, in his second season as the head football coach for Sam Houston State, has guided the Bearkats to a 12-0 season so far and the No. 1 ranking in the Football Championship Subdivision.
“This has been such a great season so far and a much deserved recognition for coach Fritz,” said SHSU director of athletics Bobby Williams. “This has been a historic season for Sam Houston State football and much of the credit goes to Willie.”
Towson’s Rob Ambrose (Region 1), Georgia Southern’s Jeff Monken (Region 2), Eastern Kentucky’s Dean Hood (Region 3), North Dakota State’s Craig Bohl (Region 4), and Fritz (Region 5) all received honors.
The 2011 Regional Coaches of the Year winners will be recognized at the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the 2012 AFCA Convention in San Antonio. The dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 10.