NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. - American Football Monthly, the nation's leading publication for football coaches, has named Marian University's Ted Karras Jr.
, as the NAIA coach of the year for 2011. This past fall, Marian University completed its first undefeated regular season before losing in the NAIA semifinals and finishing 12-1.
The Knights also won their first Mid-States Football Association Mideast League championship. Marian led the NAIA in defense, posting five shutouts this season and allowing only 7.4 points per game. The Knights offense averaged over 40 points per game and 427 yards of total offense per game. Not bad for a program that is just five years old.
Karras began the football program at Marian in 2007 and after having a first-year record of 1-9, the Knights improved to 7-4 in 2008. Over the next three seasons, he led the Knights to records of 6-5 and 10-3 and this past fall's 12-1 mark. Over the course of the last five years, Karras referred to the program as going ‘from the swamp to the mountains.' In completing the regular season 10-0 in 2011, Marian defeated five teams ranked in the NAIA top ten. In their last regular season game, Marian defeated eventual NAIA champion Saint Xavier, handing them their only loss of the season.
Additional AFM College Coaches of the year for 2011 include -
Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State (FBS)
Willie Fritz. Sam Houston State (FCS)
John Wristen, Colorado State-Pueblo (Division II)
Glenn Caruso, University of St. Thomas (Division III)
Buddy Stephens, East Mississippi Community College (JUCO)
American Football Monthly has been selecting both college and high school coaches of the year since the publication's inception in 1995. Last fall, Mike Feminis of Saint Xavier was selected as the NAIA Coach of the Year.
For over 18 years, AFM has helped college and high school coaches be more successful on and off the field by giving them the best offensive and defensive, and special teams strategies, plays and drills - most of which were provided by their coaching peers. In addition to publishing AFM, the company also produces and markets hundreds of coaching videos and maintains the world's largest library of coaching articles on its web site, www.AmericanFootballMonthly.com